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Creamy Garlic Fudge Recipe

Updated: Apr 5, 2023


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Above: Creamy Garlic Fudge

Here is a Funny Story about Garlic Fudge


"One day, John was walking down the street when he smelled the most amazing aroma. He followed his nose to a small shop that sold garlic products. He went inside and was immediately overwhelmed by the selection. There was garlic bread, wax garlic candles, candies, garlic butter, garlic ice cream, and even garlic-flavored toothpaste. The store manager offered John a small piece of freshly made garlic fudge. After consuming the entire sample in one delicious bite, John was so excited! He knew he had to make garlic fudge for his friends.


John's friends were not so excited about his garlic obsession. They told him that he was eating too much garlic and that it was bad for him. But John didn't care. He loved garlic and he was going to keep eating it.


One day, John decided to make some fudge. But not ordinary fudge. He was going to make fudge infused with sweet, amber, roasted garlic.


John was a garlic lover. He loved the taste, the smell, and the way it made him feel. He ate garlic in everything, from his morning eggs to his evening dinner.


He went to the store and bought all the ingredients he needed, including butter, vanilla, chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and fresh, hardneck garlic bulbs. He began his culinary adventure by roasting garlic in the oven for about 40 minutes. Then, he followed his favorite fudge recipe carefully and added his own twist, the freshly roasted garlic he just pulled from his oven.


Soon he had a batch of delicious-looking fudge.


John was so proud of himself. He couldn't wait to share his fudge with his friends. He called up his friends and invited them over for a fudge-eating party. When his friends arrived, they were all very excited. They couldn't wait to try John's fudge. John cut into the fudge and passed out pieces to everyone.


Everyone took a bite of the fudge and immediately spit it out.


"What is this?" one of John's friends asked.


"It's fudge," John said.


"It tastes like garlic," another friend said. "or is that onions?"


"I know," John said. "I added sweet, roasted garlic to the recipe."


Everyone laughed.


"Well, it's still edible," John said.


"Now that I know there is garlic in there, I think it is not too bad," one of his friends said.


"I'm going to go throw up," another friend screamed.


"This could be the perfect fudge recipe to offer guests if you live in a neighborhood full of vampires," another friend said, laughing.


John's friends all left, and John was left alone with his garlic fudge. He loved it because he loved garlic.


So, John decided to keep the garlic fudge and eat it after his meals that incorporated garlic, such as spaghetti and garlic bread, garlic shrimp, Asian garlic noodles, garlic steak, and garlic chicken. This would be his special dessert.


One day, while John was volunteering his time at the Senior Center, he saw a girl in the center's kitchen. The kitchen is where food was prepared for seniors who subscribed to Meals on Wheels. The girl in the kitchen was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. She had long, flowing hair and big, brown eyes. Not only was she wearing an apron full of colorful garlic prints, she smelled like garlic.


John was immediately smitten. He asked her to a coffee shop and introduced himself. The girl's name was Mary, and she was a garlic lover too. John and Mary started dating, and they quickly fell in love. They would spend hours talking about garlic and how much they loved it. They would go on garlic-tasting tours, and they would even cook garlic dishes together.


John and Mary were the perfect couple. They loved each other, and they loved garlic. They were married in a garlic-themed ceremony, and they lived happily ever after."





What is Traditional Fudge?

Traditional fudge is a sweet, chewy candy that is made with sugar, butter, and milk. It is often flavored with chocolate, but other flavors such as vanilla, peanut butter, and mint are also popular. Fudge is typically cut into small squares and served as a dessert or snack. Fudge is thought to have originated in the United States in the late 19th century. The first fudge recipe was published in 1886, and the candy quickly became popular. Today, fudge is enjoyed all over the world.

Fudge is a relatively simple candy to make. The basic ingredients are sugar, butter, and milk. The sugar is dissolved in the milk, and then the butter is added. The mixture is then cooked over low heat until it reaches the soft-ball stage (234 degrees Fahrenheit). At this point, the chocolate or other flavoring is added. The fudge is then poured into a pan and allowed to cool and set.

Fudge can be made with a variety of different ingredients. In addition to the basic ingredients, fudge can also be made with cream, eggs, and nuts. Fudge can also be flavored with a variety of different ingredients, such as chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and mint.

Fudge is a delicious and versatile candy that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a perfect treat for any occasion, and it is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

What is Garlic Fudge?

This recipe adds the excitement of garlic to the traditional fudge recipe. If you saw "fudge" in the title and ran out and bought chocolate without reading the actual recipe, that's okay. You won't see any chocolate in this fudge. This recipe is like peanut-butter fudge or maple fudge. Not all fudge includes chocolate.


A normal, boring person would probably leave garlic fudge well alone.  But for reasons even I can't fully understand or comprehend, I find this fudge to be tasty, in a garlicky kind of way. This recipe incorporates roasted garlic. After all, roasting garlic in the oven transforms the zingy kick of raw garlic into a buttery and sweet taste, just like fudge!  This fudge has robust, bold garden overtones. It’s tastes like a lovely buttery fudge, except that it distinctly has garlic in it. 


Garlic Fudge is sweet, with no more salt than any other fudge, so I would not call it savory. The aroma emanating from this fudge is certainly is good, buttery, and garlicky. About half the people who try it like it and some of those will eat more than one piece. If you follow the recipe, you should get moist, not gooey or sticky, but a perfect creamy fudge texture that cleans up nicely. Roasting the garlic mellows the flavor in a good way, and the garlic still comes through clearly.


Garlic fudge is a unique and delicious treat that is sure to please even the most discerning palate. It is made with a base of cream, sugar, and butter, and is then infused with the flavor of garlic. The result is a fudge that is sweet and creamy, with a subtle hint of garlic.


Garlic fudge is perfect for any occasion, but it is especially well-suited for the holidays. It can be served as a dessert, or it can be used as an ingredient in other dishes. For example, it can be used to make a garlic fudge sauce for ice cream, or it can be used to make a garlic fudge cheesecake.


If you are looking for a unique and delicious treat, then you should definitely try garlic fudge. It is sure to become a new favorite!


Here is a recipe for garlic fudge:


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted and the sugars are dissolved.

  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in the cream, milk, vanilla extract, garlic powder, and salt.

  4. Pour the mixture into a greased 8x8 inch baking dish.

  5. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired.

  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

  7. Cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy!




OPTION 2: (Roasted) Garlic Fudge Shopping List


1 Head of Garlic (with 5+ cloves). Try Hardneck Garlic such as : German Extra Hardy, Metechi, Music or Chesnok Red.

4 Tablespoons of butter (salted or unsalted, your pick)

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 Tablespoons real maple syrup or corn syrup (optional to retard crystallization)

1/4 tsp salt

Vanilla Extract

Chopped nuts (Almonds or Walnuts)

Candy thermometer



1. Roast Garlic:


2. Squeeze the Garlic:

  • Using thumbs and index fingers, squeeze the soft, roasted cloves out of their papery skin into a heavy-bottomed, thick large saucepan. 

  • Mash and stir until it is not chunky.


3. Cook the Mixture:

  • In this heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, (half of the) butter, milk and heavy cream, and maple syrup.

  • Put on the lowest heat you can, and heat gently until the butter is melted and you can’t feel the sugar crunching under your spoon. 

  • Continue to stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted.

  • Increase heat and bring to a boil.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and boil for 3 minutes.

  • Remove the cover and attach a candy thermometer to the pot.

  • Cook until the thermometer reads 235 degrees F. Remove from the heat and add the remaining butter. Do not stir.

  • Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or until it drops to 130 degrees F.

  • Add vanilla and nuts, if desired, and mix until well-blended and the shiny texture becomes matte. Pour into the prepared pan.

  • Let sit in cool, dry area until firm.

  • Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

4. Cool:

Remove from heat. Allow to cool a bit and then mix until it loses its gloss. Pour into the 12"x12" square backing pan onto buttered surface. Press flat and cut into pieces immediately. How fast the fudge sets up is dependent partly on how hot it gets before you remove from the heat.


5. Final Step

Grease an 8 by 8-inch pan with butter. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, chocolate, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter, half-and-half, and corn syrup. Over medium heat, stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove the cover and attach a candy thermometer to the pot. Cook until the thermometer reads 234 degrees F. Remove from the heat and add the remaining butter. Do not stir. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or until it drops to 130 degrees F. Add vanilla and nuts, if desired, and mix until well-blended and the shiny texture becomes matte. Pour into the prepared pan. Let sit in cool dry area until firm. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.



Mr. Jere Folgert is the owner of GroEat Garlic Farm in Bozeman, Montana. GroEat Farm is a small, sustainable family farm located in the beautiful Hyalite Foothills, in the shadows of the Gallatin Mountain Range. The hardneck varieties that they grow on their farm flourish, due to the combination of the very cold winters, heavy snowpack, moist spring, temperate summers, and the nutrient-rich and dynamic alluvial soils, washed down from the Gallatin Mountain Range.





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mudhooks
Jul 22, 2023

After my Mom and I had a sample of chocolate garlic fudge at a local garlic festival and LOVING IT, I bought a slice of garlic chocolate to eat at home. It didn’t make it home. We ate it all in the car. We went back the next day but the vendor had sold all her wares and left… It was the last day of the festival 😢😢😢😢.


It was amazing. The garlic was rich and flavourful but not the least overwhelming and the combination of the garlic and fudge was perfect balanced. The chocolate didn’t hide the garlic and the garlic didn’t overpower the chocolate. The combination left us feeling SOOOOO good!

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