Penuche Fudge #SundaySupper

Penuche Fudge

Candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.  Those are Buddy the Elf’s favorite food groups.  I have to admit, they sound pretty good to me.  Who needs a balanced diet?  I often joke sugar is at the bottom of my food pyramid, but in all seriousness I love both healthy foods and sweet treats.  It’s all about balance and moderation.

With all the sugary goodness, it’s no wonder Elf is one of my favorite holiday movies.  It’s just not Christmas without Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Love Actually.  What makes Elf so great is that it’s funny . . . no . . . hilarious, while still being moving and heartfelt.  So many Christmas movies are rather depressing, but not Elf.  Maybe one day there’ll be an Elf 2!

Penuche Fudge

Penuche Fudge

Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to see Elf the Musical.  It wasn’t quite as good as the movie, but it was still a fun night out and a good show.  Like the movie, it was funny and uplifting.  The original songs were all quite catchy, and they actors were so talented!  I don’t know how they perform eight shows a week.  One would be tough for me.  My arms got tired mixing blondie dough the other day!

While my four main food groups may not be the same as Buddy’s, we both share a deep love of sweets.  I know Buddy would devour this Penuche Fudge.  It’s a rich, brown sugar candy that’s perfect for the holidays.  There’s enough to share and give as gifts.  Plus, it’s gluten free!  It has a slightly grainy texture when you first bite into it that quickly dissolves in your mouth into sweet goodness.  There is some complexity from the brown sugar, but this is a very sweet, rich dessert.  Just what I’m craving this time of year as I sit down for another viewing of Elf!

Penuche Fudge

Penuche Fudge

Penuche Fudge #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 64 pieces

Ingredients

2 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

2 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 ¼ cups milk (I used almond milk, but any will work)

1 stick unsalted butter

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang for easy removal later.

In a large saucepan, combine sugars, milk, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer. This will take awhile and the mixture will bubble a lot during cooking. Be careful!

Once the mixture has reached 236, remove it from the heat and either pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer or a heatproof bowl and beat it with a hand mixer. Either way, increase the speed slowly until it is on medium-high. Beat until the mixture has thickened and lightened in color, 5-10 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat for 1 additional minute.

Spread mixture into prepared pan and smooth the top. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. Fudge may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Fudge needs an additional two hours to set in the refrigerator!

Recipe adapted from Food Babbles

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Comments

  1. Renee says:

    I was wondering what Penuche fudge was and couldn’t wait to see the recipe. Now I know it is something I need to make as it looks so caramel-y and good.

  2. Fran says:

    I watch Elf as many times as possible throughout the entire month of December. This fudge looks yummy, I”ll have to make it in time for our next Elf viewing! I also can’t get through December without watching A Christmas Story and It’s A Wonderful Life! Happy Sunday :) –Fran

  3. Love this recipe and couldn’t wait for you to post it so that I could see what Penuche Fudge was! YUM. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Love that you are part of our #SundaySupper Family.

  4. Yum! Your fudge looks so good! What a great recipe! I so need to see the movie Elf!

  5. Debbie Eccard says:

    Great recipe for Christmas! As some of your other comments, I too didn’t really know what Penuche Fudge was either. You make us smarter along with giving us great recipes! Great job!

  6. This sweet fudge looks divine. I bet it just melts in your mouth. Yum!

  7. I love fudge but have never made a penuche version. Definitely trying this one.

  8. I am not making fudge this year.
    NO way!
    That stuff is dangerous!
    I would make it if someone was standing by, on the ready, to take it as soon as I’m done photographing it.
    LOL

    • Laura says:

      I giveaway most of it. I eat a couple servings or so, but when it’s right in front of me the urge to grab just one more piece is crazy!

  9. Liz says:

    Penuche always reminds me of the Christmases of my childhood! Beautifully done!

  10. This looks like an easy recipe to make on my plant-based diet. I thought I was going to have to give up fudge. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Katy says:

    Sugar is my weakness too… and this fudge just looks beautiful!

  12. I love fudge at Christmas this looks so tempting!

  13. This looks wonderful! Mrs K R makes a lot of fudge – I gotta share this with her. Really excellent looking recipe – thanks.

  14. My oh my…. this looks fabulous!

  15. Shannon R says:

    What a great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  16. Yay to celebrating the Elf’s primary source of nourishment =) Your fudge looks yummy, Laura.

    Good to know that Elf is a musical, too =)

    Happy Holidays!

  17. Shaina says:

    I was curious to see what was in Penuche fudge when I saw your title, and to my surprise it’s very basic and simple! Easy fudge…always a great holiday gift!

  18. Really love this! I need to get in the kitchen and make some fudge tomorrow.

  19. I love brown sugar and I love fudge. I would kill for a piece of this right now-of course-all in the holiday spirit!

  20. Yummmm!! This fudge looks so good. Was wondering what penuche was when I was the tweet and couldn’t wait to see the recipe. Love that it’s brown sugar. Could get addicted to this. And girl…I agree it’s not Christmas indeed without Love Actually!! Have a Merry Christmas ;)

  21. Ashley says:

    I love Elf too! I make sure to watch it every Christmas! And this fudge sounds delicious! Have a great holiday!!

  22. Yummy! I love fudge and yours looks amazing! I tell you this week’s theme has got me thinking about making food gifts next year and this one is at the top of my list! Happy Holidays Laura!

  23. Joanne says:

    I LOVE Elf!! Actually the.boy and I were just talking about Will Ferrell yesterday. He doesn’t think he’s funny. WHAT.

    I much prefer this non-chocolate fudge to any chocolate variety!

  24. Elf is one of my favorite movies. I bet the musical was fun. I love fudge, so I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

  25. Stacy says:

    My grandmother was always in the kitchen around Christmas time making fudge as gifts for all of her friends and family, Laura, so your beautiful penuche fudge has brought back wonderful memories for me. Pinning on my Recipes to Try board!

  26. Shannon says:

    Ooh my! Just made this for company today. Followed the recipe to the T, then got ambitious and added the last two tablespoons of peanut butter from our pantry to the mixer. Such an amazing flavor…before and after pb. Thank you for sharing. I’m off to make your caramel apple pie sherry cake now…mmmmmm.

  27. ooooh I’m jealous, the Elf Musical sounds so fun!

    I looooove brown sugar so this fudge looks perfect to me!

  28. I’ve always wondered what that name meant in candy, and it’s such a simple ingredient recipe! Looks wonderful Laura!

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