I've just made Nigella's fudge, which is vanilla flavoured (and was very impressed at how easy and quick it is to do). So what could I add to it to make it more festive, for giving to people as Christmas presents? Raisins, or other dried fruit. Chopped nuts, I guess. How would one make chocolate fudge? Any ideas welcome .
Put the sugar, butter and evap milk in a heavy bottomed pan, melt together, bring to the boil. Boil gently, stirring occasionally. Carry on until a sugar thermometer reaches 115 deg C, or until a drop of the mixture dropped into a bowl of iced water holds its shape (this is what I did - don't have a sugar thermometer). This will take between five and ten minutes (felt like less to me). Take the pan off the heat, beat in the vanilla, and continue beating till it becomes thick and creamy - almost grainy. Then pour into a buttered tin (20 x 16 cm, or 15 x 12.5cm foil tin, buttered) and allow to cool. Cut into squares.