Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

Sometimes fudge just doesn't set. Short of using it for a syrup or spread, you may want to try to fix it and successfully get it to set. This is a guide about fixing fudge that didn't set.
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November 24, 2015 Flag
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I made fudge, but it will not set. What can I do to save it?

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November 25, 20151 found this helpful
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You might try these, Nordle: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf66115322.tip.html, but I can tell you from years of experience making fudge for gifts, "find a better recipe."

Eagle Brand has an excellent one which never fails and doesn't need a candy thermometer (if you can't find it, message me and I'll send it to you. In the meantime, you have an excellent ice-cream topping which might also be fun as a fruit dip.

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June 13, 20162 found this helpful

Having read all the posts answering this question, I decided to just put my unset mixture back in the pan and heat to 237 degrees. I was sure my mistake had been to remove it from the heat too early first time round. Anyway, after reaching that temperature and then beating it to a thick consistancy, back it went into the tin and after another 30 mins it set and was fantastic. This recipe was basically sugar, evaporated milk, water and butter and a bit of vanilla extract.

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October 8, 20160 found this helpful

I'd love to have the recipe please

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful

December 23, 2014 Flag
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My fudge is soft, what can I do?

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December 30, 20140 found this helpful
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My fudge didn't set either I figured because I used chocolate/ peanut butter chips. & marshmallow cream. Something I have never used before. I wasn't about to give up. I went and bought chocolate bark for use of candy. Put 4 chip of them in a bowl and re-heated and put in icebox.

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July 11, 20150 found this helpful

If you can't fix it, use it as ice cream topping or pour over an unfrosted cake just before serving. It should keep just fine in a jar in the fridge for several weeks.

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November 3, 20150 found this helpful

Put back on heat let boil for a little while and take off heat and add some powder sugar till it starts to thicken put not to much . And this should fix it . I fixed my like this

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September 19, 20160 found this helpful

December 16, 2010 Flag

My daughter has made some fudge that isn't setting. What can she add to thicken it? I thought of cornstarch, but we don't know how much or if it will change the flavor. I hope someone can help us out.

By Linda from Bloomington, IL

December 18, 20100 found this helpful
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I think the only thing that might work is adding powdered sugar a bit at a time until it gets to the point that it will hold its shape. I did that once when I was making pecan logs and the center part just would not hold its shape. I added powdered sugar until it did and didn't waste a drop. It takes some work to mix it all in though.

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January 5, 20130 found this helpful

I have thrown out so many batches of gritty frosting until I did one simple step - put a lid on your pot for the slow boiling time. I even leave the lid on when I take it off the stove to cool ... worked perfectly - no grainy frosting! Hope this works for you.

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December 24, 20150 found this helpful

my fudge came out soft, So I am going to Buy a bag of pretzels and place the not quit as hard as it should be fudge square apon a pretzel:))

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December 28, 20150 found this helpful

January 15, 2015 Flag
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For the first time I made Jack Daniels fudge yesterday. It has been in the fridge for 24 hours and not set.
When the mixture was in the pan it got to the boiling point and was hot enough, so I put marshmallows in.


Can you give any advice on what I can do with this mixture? It had hardened on top, but is gooey underneath.

By Lucy

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful
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At Christmas I make Bourbon Balls and I'll tell you,the alcohol in it is the problem. It will practically melt the Chocolate when you're dipping them. I'm sure the problem has been solved by now but next time, whip up a dark chocolate cake mix and frost it with the fudge - similar to a Milky Way Cake.

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January 15, 20150 found this helpful

Serve over ice cream?

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful

Try making a Jack Daniels cake or cupcakes. Make a white cake (mix or from scratch), and stir the fudge in after making the batter. Bake at a 25 degrees lower temperature, and probably a few minutes longer than the cake recipe says, as the extra sugar may scorch at the higher temperature.

You can also try JDsicles. Mold the fudge into balls, put in a popsicle stick in each, freeze and then eat like a popsicle when frozen. Hope this helps.

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December 24, 2011 Flag
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My fudge won't set. It's soft and has set overnight. What can I do?

By ktjonas from Tucson, AZ

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful
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You can also add powdered sugar. Heat the fudge until it is very soft and almost liquid and add enough powdered sugar to stiffen it up.

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December 30, 20110 found this helpful
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You need to cook your fudge longer so the sugar will 'set.'

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December 3, 2014 Flag
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Can I throw soft fudge into the oven to get it all to set?

By Krissie

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December 5, 20140 found this helpful
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I would think that storing it in the refrigerator in a covered vessel would work better at getting it to set up.

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December 19, 2013 Flag
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I made candy cane fudge, and it isn't setting! I substituted condensed milk for sweetened condensed milk, but I used an online recipe and added sugar for the condensed milk. Should I reheat it? Or add powdered sugar to it?

By Lily M

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December 20, 20130 found this helpful
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I am assuming that the milk substitution was not part of the recipe you followed. It sounds like you substituted evaporated milk for the condensed milk. If that is correct, you won't be able to get the fudge to set up no matter what you do. Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are in no way the same product.

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December 29, 2015 Flag
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My son helped me make a batch of fudge. I told him to put the chocolate chips and stick of butter in a large mixing bowl and melt it in the microwave. I then put ten marshmallows and two cups of sugar in a heavy skillet and asked him to open a can of evaporated milk. Since I only had tall cans I told him to only put half of can in there.

I put the sugar in the skillet and turned to get the milk, he had poured it in with the chips and butter. I tolded him we had to have the milk to melt the sugar and marshmallows. It doesn't take very long to cook the sugar once it starts bubbling. It's the first time I've cooked fudge on an electric stove. We let it cook about 15 minutes. Usually it cooks in 4 minutes. I told him to go ahead and pour it over the chips and butter. It so happened, I only needed 6ozs of milk, but he poured the whole 12 ozs in the bowl of chips and butter So it runs like syrup. How do I get it to set up?

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

A recipe is a chemistry formula; changing the formula in any way will produce a different result. Some recipe errors can be corrected to produce a similar result to the original; most cannot. Try your runny fudge over ice cream?

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November 27, 2009 Flag
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I made fudge and it's not setting. I put it into the refrigerator and now I know not to do that.

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December 16, 2010 Flag
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How can I repair a fudge recipe that didn't set up properly?

By Robin from Tobyhanna, PA

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Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

I don't know how to fix it; but I think I would put it in a jar and bill it as fudge sauce (for ice cream or chocolate fondue, or for on cake, etc.) (10/05/2010)

By Jilson

Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

I am afraid if you tried to reheat it you would overcook it, but that would be your only choice. What have you got to lose by trying it. You would still have fudge, but instead of too soft it might be a little hard. You could perhaps work some powdered sugar into it until it is stiff.
This is only if you don't want that yummy syrup! (10/07/2010)

By latrtatr

Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

Use it to make truffles. Scoop into balls, dip in unsweetened cocoa, coconut or finely ground nuts. Keep in fridge and pull out when you want a nice piece of candy or when you have company. (10/07/2010)

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October 5, 2010 Flag
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I realized too late that I added too much evaporated milk to my fudge (after it didn't set and I reread the recipe and saw 5 oz. not 15 oz. ). I boiled and added the fluff and put it in the pan to set and it has not set after 24 hours. Now what do I do?

By Bobbie from Dearborn, MI

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Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

I'm not sure it can be fixed. I think I would start over and maybe use the first batch as cake or ice cream topping. (11/28/2009)

By mamie11152

Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

Reheat it to a boil and then add powdered sugar, also known as confectioner's sugar a little at a time constantly stirring. I used my hand mixer because I was stirring so much my arm was getting tired. It turned out fantastic. I was making peanut butter fudge; 6lbs of it and there was no way I was going to toss it! Good luck and Merry Christmas! (12/20/2009)

By betty1730

Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

I made a batch of chocolate fudge late at night that did not set. After checking for suggestions on how to fix it (I actually knew what I had done wrong, did not let butter/sugar,etc. mixture boil long enough plus, I believe a good pot makes a difference as well) I decided to try cooking the fudge longer and add in confectioner's sugar.

This was not part of the suggestions, but I also added approx. 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into the mixture as soon as I started reheating it. After the fudge started to boil, I added in approx. 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, mixing it thoroughly, while stirring constantly. After several minutes, it had reached the soft ball stage and probably a little beyond. I don't have a candy thermometer, but after a bit, I could tell from the shine and the way the fudge looked as I stirred it, that it was ready to pour into a pan. Based on my experience, 1/3 to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar should be enough to help set a normal batch of fudge. Adding too much will make it too hard. So don't throw that fudge away; try the confectioner's sugar fix! (01/20/2010)

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