It was in about 1975 . . a million years ago it seems . . that my neighbor brought over a plate of different candies during the Christmas holidays. One of the candies I had never had before and I fell in love with it. I asked for the recipe and she told me it was called Mexican Fudge and her daughter had made it so she got the recipe for me. There’s hardly been a year that I haven’t made it and it’s usually the first candy I make every year.
Yesterday I made it.
Looking at recipes online, it’s also called Burnt Sugar Fudge.
- 3 cups of white sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup milk (I use whole milk)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 4 T. butter
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Butter a platter and set aside. Make sure it is well buttered to keep the candy from sticking.
- Pour 3 cups sugar, milk and salt into a large heavy duty pan. (The mixture wants to boil over so use a large pan but not as big as a Dutch oven.)
- Bring mixture to a slow boil and boil for 15 minutes.
- In a cast iron skillet, pour 1 cup of white sugar. Heat on low, stirring constantly til the sugar melts.
- After the milk/sugar mixture has boiled for 15 minutes, SLOWLY pour melted sugar into that pot. Be very careful - it will boil over. I pour a little, stir it down then pour a little more til it's all incorporated into the milk/sugar mixture.
- Continue to cook on low, stirring, until mixture reaches firm ball stage. (in ice water)
- Remove from heat and stir in butter.
- Let it sit until it cools down a bit - probably about 10 - 15 minutes depending on the temp in your kitchen.
- Pour in vanilla. Start stirring. Once the contents begins to thicken and lose its shine, stir in the pecans.
- Pour into the buttered platter.
- Allow to cool, cutting it before it gets completely hard.