When I think back to Christmases growing up, one of the first things that comes to mind is this buttery melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness that it Butter Heath Fudge. One of my mom’s friends made this recipe (and still does) every Christmas, and when we went to her house I made sure to be hungry so I could eat as much as possible to hold me over until the next year.
That’s part of what makes the best holiday recipes so great, isn’t it? Knowing you only have them once a year can seem torturous when you get a mid-year craving, but the wait is part of what makes them so great! Anticipation is everything sometimes, it just doesn’t always feel so great when you’re going through the waiting part.
The keys to making this fudge are as follows:
- Use a high quality heavy-bottomed pan, not a lightweight pan.
- Use a reliable, calibrated thermometer. Test your thermometer by sticking it in water that is at a full, rolling boil, leave it in for 30 seconds and check what temperature it reads. It should be 212 degrees F. If it’s not, either calibrate it or if it’s only off by a degree or two make the mental adjustments for what temperature it needs to read for your recipe (if you’re supposed to get your recipe up to 238 degrees and your thermometer reads 211 degrees F in the boiling water, then you’d need to cook your recipe until your thermometer reads 237 degrees). The importance of the thermometer’s reliability cannot be overstated when it comes to making candy. One degree can make all the difference in whether your candy works or not.
- For this recipe especially, DO NOT try and be creative or make substitutions for ingredients and do not double the recipe. I learned the hard way that does not go well. I tried using pecans instead of walnuts and tried putting it in a different kind of pan for cooling, and it never worked right. As soon as I made it EXACTLY as instructed, it worked.
If you follow the above advice and make the recipe 100% in accordance with the ingredients, quantities and instructions listed in the recipe below, this butter heath fudge will work beautifully and you’ll have the most glorious, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth fudge you’ve ever tasted.