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Preventing Grainy Fudge

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Chocolate fudge with nuts on a white plate on red plaid tablecloth.

Homemade fudge is a delicious treat. However, on occasion rather that the smooth creamy texture you were hoping for it turns out grainy. This is a guide about preventing grainy fudge.


Solutions: Preventing Grainy Fudge

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Tip: Tips For Smooth Fudge

Before putting ingredients in pan, butter the sides of pan or spray with Pam. When your fudge starts to boil, cover pan with lid for a couple of minutes and then remove. I also wash sugar from the spoon you first stirred with. I have made fudge for many years and it is never grainy. I hope this helps.

By Faye from White, GA

Tip: No More Grainy Fudge

I make fudge for a living. What I do is melt cooking chocolate buttons or block chocolate in a double boiler with water underneath (take 500 grams of chocolate to 1 can sweetened condensed milk). Melt the chocolate first, then take it off the stove and pour in the can of condensed milk.

Don't panic if it starts to thicken too much, just put it back over the heat and beat it as fast as you can with a wooden spoon. It will start to shine. Pour into a tray lined with baking paper (all the way over the sides) while holding it tight with wooden clothes pegs. No more grainy fudge.

Just a Quick Tip: Don't have the water too close to the top of the boiler, and don't have the water too hot, just a rolling simmer.

Good luck!

Source: google website and lots of practice

By Gail from Queensland, Australia

Tip: Karo Syrup For Smooth Fudge

When making fudge, add 1/4 cup of clear Karo syrup to the ingredients. This stabilizes the fudge and it will not be gritty or chewy.

By Janette from Parkersburg, WV

Tip: Add Cream of Tartar for Smooth Fudge

The best way I've found to prevent fudge from turning gritty (a direct result of the recrystallization of sugar) is to add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar for every 2.5 pounds of sugar used. Cream of tartar actually inhibits the sugar recrystallization process.

Follow all other instructions for the recipe. Add a cap of vanilla extract if you notice an odd aftertaste (not everybody is able to taste the cream of tartar).

Source: The French have been using this solution for ages to prevent the sugar from recrystallizing in fondant recipes. I tried it on fudge and it worked wonderfully.

By The Mad Rob from Martinez, CA

Tip: Fixing Grainy Fudge

I made a batch of chocolate fudge tonight and it was down right grainy. I searched and searched and finally found a site that told how to fix it. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and put the fudge back in the pot and cook it again. I ended up with grain free fudge. But then I over stirred it with my KitchenAid mixer and had a hard time getting it in the pan. I may cook it again tomorrow and see if I can get it to perfection. Hope this helps.

By Baygirl02 from New Brunswick, Canada

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Here are questions related to Preventing Grainy Fudge.

Question: Fixing Grainy Fudge

I made fudge last night and it came out grainy. My mom told me about your site today and I read about the cream of tartar. My question is this, I have not thrown it out and I am wondering if I can still fix it? It is in a 13X9 inch pan and is cold. Can I reheat it and add the tartar? I made a double batch and it is a lot of ingredients. I would like to salvage it if I still can. Help!

By Marsha L. from Asheville, NC


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By Vi Johnson [237]12/03/2011

Just so you know, Some of us like grainy fudge. LOL GG Vi

Question: Grainy Fudge

OK, I followed my fudge making recipe to the letter. It's hardened, but is still sugary/grainy? I melted the sugar, butter, and milk together and brought to the boil. I left it boiling for over 20mins until finally the temp. was reached, 116 degrees C. Then I took it off the boil and left for 5 mins. Then put the pan in cold water whilst beating my fudge.
Is it now where I went wrong as I didn't stir the mixture until thick, I was still able to pour the mixture into my square tin?
Please help as this is my 2nd attempt and I don't seem to be getting any closer to the correct fudge :(
Thanks in advance x.

By Michelle


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By Mary Koehler [8]06/21/2013

Another thing to cause candy to be grainy is if the sugar is not pure cane sugar. C & H is pure cane sugar. Some store brands are not. Check the bag.

Question: Homemade Fudge Tastes Sugary (Grainy)

My fudge seemed fine through all the steps, but ended up tasting quite sugary. It had boiled to 238 degrees F so it doesn't seem possible that the sugar didn't dissolve. I used the recipe that uses semisweet chocolate squares, condensed milk, marshmallow in a jar, and sugar. It has always turned out great, like old fashioned fudge. Any ideas on the sugariness?


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By John N.09/10/2013

There is no recipe that calls for sugar, marshmallow fluff, and condensed milk. You were looking for evaporated milk. You effectively doubled the sugar in the recipe, because condensed milk has a ton of sugar in it, while evaporated milk has none. Try again. Common enough mistake.

Question: Fixing Fudge

My fudge is grainy and not completely setting; can I fix it somehow?

By Cynthia

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By Joyann02/01/2012

On the back of a marshmallow creme jar is a fudge recipe that is easy, comes out great every time and you don't have to worry about it not setting or being grainy. It's a lot easier than the old fashioned kind, and my family likes it better.

Question: Gritty Fudge

When I make my fudge it always comes out gritty. The recipe I use does not tell me how long to boil the sugar, milk, and salt, or what temperature to bring it to. I first thought it was the chocolate chips not melting correctly, so I tried to grate them so they would melt thoroughly, but the fudge still came out with a gritty texture. What am I doing wrong? Please help me.

By Eillen B

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By Debby [6]12/07/2011

I just made the fudge on the back of the container of marshmallow cream. It turned out wonderfully smooth. I will be making this again.

Question: Gritty Fudge

I have read many of the posts, but have a few questions. Mine seems fine until I remove it from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Suddenly it becomes sandy/gritty and I have to try and save it. This happened even with adding cream of tartar right before removing from heat. Am I adding the tartar too late? And should I not be stirring it constantly from the get-go?

Help :-(

By TC from OR

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By Dinah Ackerson [2]02/08/2015

Found this amusing site "the big bake theory" All Things Sweet-the science of fudge, for your fudgie problem:

Question: Grainy Fudge

Can you repair grainy fudge? Can it be recooked?

By Valorie H.

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By Mary Koehler [8]12/28/2011

Sorry, I do not know about recooking it, but candy will turn out grainy if you do not use pure cane sugar. Use something like C & H sugar, that is pure cane sugar.

Question: Peanut Butter Fudge Grainy

I forgot to add butter when cooking peanut butter fudge. It is cooled now and grainy. Can I recook the fudge and add the butter?


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Someone else was just asking a similar question a few days about grainy fudge and wondering if it could be re-cooked and the answer turned out to be yes.

Question: Grainy Fudge

I would like to know how to make smooth and not grainy fudge. Please help.

By Carol from Australia

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By ladymargaretrose [1]04/19/2011

There is no way to salvage the fudge you made, at least that I know of. There may be many reasons that your fudge turned out grainy. The sugar may be old. If this is so, make sure you have fresh supplies when you make fudge. The fudge may not have reached the correct temperature is another reason. If it doesn't the sugar isn't melted. The fudge may have gotten too hot. If this happens the fudge will turn out grainy too. I always, always use a candy thermometer to make fudge. If I don't it usually doesn't turn out right and I make and have made a lot of fudge. I used to work for a sweet shop and we made fudge all of the time. If the weather is wet it will also sometimes affect the fudge. As you see, there are many factors that can effect it.


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Archive: Grainy Fudge

Today I tried a recipe for fudge and it has a grainy texture from the sugar. I can hardly eat it. I hate to be wasteful and throw it out. Is there any way to fix it or doctor it up?


Archive: Grainy Fudge

Today I tried a recipe for fudge and it has a grainy texture from the sugar. I can hardly eat it. I hate to be wasteful and throw it out. Is there any way to fix it or doctor it up? Thanks for the help!

Tracey from Duluth, MN

RE: Grainy Fudge

I love my fudge that way, I love to let it melt in my mouth slowly! I have a recipe for old fashioned grainy fudge that I used to make every year for the holidays, until I was diagnosed diabetic, so now I don't make it because I'll eat the whole pan! LOL! But, if you don't like your fudge that way, I think that all you need to do is to reheat it to a higher temperature, but I'm not sure. I bet you get lots of answers telling you how to fix it though. (02/16/2011)

By lyonpridej