Vanilla Fudge (Russian Fudge from New Zealand)
This vanilla fudge recipe will leave you with a really soft fudge with yummy hints of vanilla. Known as Russian fudge in New Zealand.
Really Easy Vanilla Fudge Recipe
Making fudge is always a fun activity. From the boiling of the sugar to beating until its thick – I love it! Of course, using a sugar thermometer always makes it a lot more predictable and consistent in the results. I can guarantee you that this recipe will do just that (it was tested 3 times after all!)
In New Zealand, vanilla fudge is also known as Russian fudge. It sounds a lot fancier doesn’t it? Although did you know that the recipe actually comes from Scotland! The Kiwis named it Russian fudge (for reasons unknown).
Fudge is a lovely treat to make as gifts for friends on birthdays or Christmas – my Caribbean Rum Fudge is also really tasty! Fudge keeps really well if stored properly in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
An alternative homemade gift idea would be chocolate dipped honeycomb – so simple to make and also keeps for a long while!
Why should I make Russian Fudge?
- More predictable for setting as condensed milk is used
- Really simple to make – a great first fudge recipe!
- Lovely to give as a homemade gift, in little bags tied with string
17 squares (approx)
Ingredients for Russian Fudge
- Caster sugar – sugar is the most essential ingredient to making fudge! Without it, it wouldn’t be fudge!
- Whole milk – milk gives the fudge its creamy texture and is the base ingredient for the sugar to melt into.
- Condensed milk – condensed milk is lower in moisture than standard milk, so it helps the fudge set quicker. It also has its own caramel-like flavour.
- Unsalted butter – butter will give the fudge a soft, creamy texture and adds those buttery notes we all love!
- Golden syrup – is what makes this recipe Russian fudge-style! The added golden syrup gives that extra sweetness and silky texture.
- Vanilla extract – to give the taste of vanilla to the fudge.
Step by Step Recipe Method
Step 1 – Prep your tin: Butter and line your 23cm x 23cm square tin with baking paper.
Step 2 – Make the fudge: Pour the sugar and milk into the pan. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk, butter, golden syrup and vanilla. On a low heat, stir until butter has melted and all combined.
Step 3 – Turn up the heat to medium and boil the mixture until it reaches 116°c (soft ball).
Step 4 – Cool down: Remove from the heat and cool slightly (about 15 mins). Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture until it thickens and appears dull in colour. This takes about 5-10 mins.
Step 5 – Cut the fudge: Pour into your tin and cool until it sets. Once it has set, carefully remove and cut into squares.
Why is my fudge not setting?
You shouldn’t have any problems setting this easy fudge recipe as it contains condensed milk. However, if you do, or you’re making a more traditional recipe like my Caribbean Rum Fudge, you might need these tips.
The most common reason for fudge not setting is not bringing it up to the correct temperature. You may go to the fridge to find that your fudge is still really gloopy! This means that you didn’t get your fudge up to 116°c. Anything below and you’re risking it! This is why a sugar thermometer is crucial!
- Small saucepan
- Sugar thermometer – You’ll benefit from one with a probe on a long wire, like the one I’ve linked, as you’ll be able to hang it over the pot and not end up having to leave your hand above the molten hot fudge!
- A wooden spoon
- 23 x 23 cm square tin – this is the one I used
- Grease-proof paper/baking paper
How long should I beat my fudge?
When you first begin beating your fudge, it’ll be glossy and still quite runny. You want to beat your fudge until it appears dull in colour and it starts to thicken. This should take around 5-10 minutes. To achieve the best results (no graininess) cool your fudge slightly before beating.
- Stirring the fudge too much whilst it’s boiling will making the sugar crystallise too much – try not to!
- The use of a sugar thermometer will ensure you don’t go over 116 degrees and end up with a hard fudge/or under and end up with a fudge that doesn’t set!
- Beat the fudge using a wooden spoon – it’s easier and the traditional way.
- Pour the fudge immediately after you’ve beaten it, or else it will cool in the pan and you won’t get it back out!
Vanilla Fudge Recipe Video!
Vanilla Fudge (Russian Fudge from New Zealand)
- 330 g caster sugar
- 50 ml whole milk
- 50 ml condensed milk
- 50 g unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Butter and line your 23cm x 23cm square tin.
- Pour the sugar and milk into the pan. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk, butter, golden syrup and vanilla. On a low heat, stir until butter has melted and all combined.
- Turn up the heat to medium and boil the mixture until it reaches 116°c (soft ball).
- Remove from the heat and cool slightly (about 15 mins). Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture until it thickens and appears dull in colour. This takes about 5-10 mins.
- Pour into your tin and cool until it sets. Once it has set, carefully remove and cut into squares.