I have always wanted to be able to make fudge, but even with a sugar thermometer, had so many disasters and had to clean so many pots that I gave up making it many years ago.
However, I was lent a magazine last week and in it was a recipe for microwave fudge, I got all the ingredients and it worked !! The family love it and it was so easy. It is not as frugal as buying fudge in the supermarket, the cost difference is about 50p, but it only contains 3 ingredients and tastes amazing. I have adapted the recipe slightly to make it even easier and I made this recipe in an 850W microwave so know it works !
400g golden caster sugar
140g salted butter
397g tin CONDENSED milk
1tsp vanilla essence
Place sugar and milk in large microwaveable bowl, cut the butter into small pieces and stir everything together. The bowl needs to be large as during cooking the fudge foams up the sides and if the bowl is not large enough you will get a big mess in the microwave. Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes stopping every 2 or 3 minutes to stir the mixture. Stir in the vanilla essence and microwave on HIGH for a final 2 minutes. Turn into a 20cm square tin lined with baking parchment and leave to cool for at least 1 hour.
This amount cost me £2.46 to make, the condensed milk is about £1 a tin. However, Asda currently have condensed milk on sale for 60p so I might go and stock up ready for Christmas fudge making !