Let us be honest. Fudge can be tricky. If you are making what I like to call “real fudge,” you would never ever think to use marshmallow creme, but I am here to tell you that it’s NOT WORTH IT! Use the marshmallow creme! I beg you! If you don’t, trust me, you will get angry. You will start throwing inconsistent fudge “dough” at your loved ones. It…is…not…worth…it. Take the shortcut. Use the marshmallow creme. Everyone will be happier in the end. You, your loved ones, your dog; who still has remnants of chocolate fudge stuck in his fur. Just kidding, I really didn’t throw fudge at Zach nor Cilantro. The thing is, I didn’t even attempt to make it without the creme. Past occurrences and testimonies from recent amateur fudge makers told me to look the other way. In the end, I was so glad I did, and you will be too.
Fudge can be daunting if it isn’t done right, and although there is so much glory in achieving something without using shortcuts, sometimes it’s just not worth it. My mom has made fudge every year for Christmas, and she always told me that marshmallow creme really is the key, otherwise it can take a lot of trial and error. One recipe can turn out completely wrong if you are in the wrong setting, even if you were to follow the steps completely. It’s possible that your stove doesn’t get as hot or stay as cool as the person who constructed the recipe. The altitude may be an issue. You may have a dumb electric stove (like I do) that just doesn’t give the same results as a gas stove.
Speaking of which, why even put in electric stoves!?! They don’t make any sense, except for maybe the “cheapness” of them. They never produce the same results and they are so inconsistent that it can be very frustrating! I guess if you live your life off of stovetop macaroni and cheese, it would make sense. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sometimes I crave it too. Let’s be honest, gas lines cost a touch more to put in, but for most, you probably have gas heat already (like I do), so why not just put in a gas stove! Ugh, it’s worth the extra couple bucks! As you can see, I hate my stove. Hate it with a passion. It makes simple tasks very difficult to tackle. I hate it. I…hate…it.
Ok, so even though we are taking a bit of a shortcut and using marshmallow creme, that doesn’t mean that it is super simple. Like I said, depending on your surrounding elements, this recipe may not come out perfect every time. You really have to get it just right. I advise you to stick precisely to the steps, and if you find you need to tweak, then tweak.
My end result was superb. The fudge isn’t ultra hard, actually the peanut butter part was softer than the chocolate, which I just thought was the perfect contrast. The peanut butter part was as it should be soft and creamy, but still had enough texture and binding to hold together. I know I say this a lot, but this may be the best “cookie” yet this year. I literally can not stop eating it, and I have yet to eat breakfast! Yes it’s already 12:27 pm.