South African fudge is a favorite from my childhood and very different in flavor from American fudge. Expect it to be very, very sweet and enjoy in little pieces!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
400 g granulated or Castor sugar
25 ml Golden Syrup ( can substitute with light corn syrup, honey or maple syrup)
75 ml water
5 ml vanilla
- Put sugar and water into a large heavy saucepan or pot. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the butter and syrup and stir until the butter has been melted and well combined
- Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir until it comes to the boil.
- Boil very slowly, stirring all the time, until soft ball stage, this is about 237 degrees Fahrenheit. Do NOT let it get above this temperature, monitor closely.
- Remove from the stove and allow to cook until between 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit
- Add the vanilla and beat until it thickens. This can be done by hand or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. If using a stand mixer, make sure to pour the fudge into the bowl prior to cooling. This can take anywhere from 5 – 30 mins. Mixture should be VERY thick when done.
- Scrape into a greased pan or a pan lined with parchment paper and leave to cool. I used a 9×5 loaf pan. Cool a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.
- Cut into squares when cold.
If your fudge comes out more like a soft toffee, you may not have beat it enough or may have started beating when the temperature was still too hot. This is a great resource for troubleshooting fudge: How to Make Perfect Fudge