Treacle Fudge

Thanks to Dinah Bucholz for this and her other delicious recipes found in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and The Unofficial Harry Potter Sweet ShoppeHagrid’s glue-your-teeth-together fudge turns out to be quite useful after Hagrid has been taken to Azkaban, Harry feeds some to Fang to keep him quiet. Fang can not bark because his fangs are stuck together. Fudge is not foolproof, so it is no surprise Hagrid’s did not come out quite right.

Making fudge was the “in” thing to do at women’s colleges in the 1880s. Can you imagine if that were the case today? Times have certainly changed. We do not know who invented fudge, though some speculate that a batch of caramel came out wrong – it was “fudged” – but it seems it was invented in the United States.

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Treacle Fudge
Treacle Fudge
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Treacle Fudge
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8-inch square pan and set aside. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, treacle, and cream of tartar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted and the ingredients are combined. Wash down the sides of the pot with a pastry brush dipped in hot water if sugar crystals form on the sides, to prevent recrystallization. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot and continue to cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 240F (115C) on the candy thermometer.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Allow the bubbles to subside and the mixture to cool slightly (about 5 minutes). Remove the thermometer and beat or stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture loses its gloss and is very thick (about 15-20 minutes). Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth on top. You can use a piece of plastic wrap and the palm of your hand to do this.
  3. Cool completely before cutting into 1-inch squares.
  4. Note: If the mixture gets too hot, the fudge will seize up to a hard grainy clump when you try to stir it. If it does not get hot enough, the fudge will not thicken and will remain a gloopy mess. You can try to save it by putting it back in the pot with some water (do not worry, the water will evaporate) and reheating it to the correct temperature.