Lazy Day Summer Fudge
|Title:||Lazy Day Summer Fudge|
This is a cross between fondant and fudge.
1 small box gelatin
2 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup milk, yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk
1 tablespoon ice-cold butter or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon flavoring
* Use 1/4 teaspoon for non-citrus flavors, such as raspberry, apricot, etc.
Use 1/2 teaspoon for citrus flavors such as lemon, lime and orange
Add 1/2 teaspoon more when using yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk
3 to 4 drops food coloring for stronger color
1 (2-quart) size package Kool-Aid Brand Unsweetened Soft Drink mix
plus additional 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows, plain or colored
Put all ingredients except butter or flavoring into a 6-quart saucepan . Grease and line a 10 x 5-inch pan. Freeze 1 tablespoon butter. Put 1/2 inch water into kitchen sink.
Dissolve sugar, stirring constantly with wooden spoon over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Gritty sounds will cease, and the spoon will glide smoothly over the bottom of the pan. Test by drawing your finger through the spoon to make sure it does not feel sugary. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Wash down any crystals that may have formed with pastry brush dipped in hot water, using as little water as possible. Reduce heat while retaining the boil. Stir almost constantly, especially around the sides. Depending on the dairy product/gelatin combination you use, the mixture may start to cook down and change color slightly.
Test in ice-cold water when mixture thicken and bubbles become noisy. A ball, formed in ice water, should hold its shape until heat from your hand begins to flatten it and should be slightly chewy. Temperatures are very approximately so watch the bubbles and the thickening of the mixture. On the average, the temperature should be 236 degrees F to 238 degrees F.
Remove saucepan from heat and place it in the sink. Add, without stirring, frozen butter or flavoring, as well as any food coloring and Kool-Aid