I had a customer request maple walnut fudge. I began brainstorming the ways to concoct maple walnut fudge. There are several ways one can make maple flavored fudge you can use maple extract, maple flavored chips or maple syrup. To use the first or second method you would need a base for the fudge and would need the chocolate or white chocolate chips, marshmallow or marshmallow crème and butter sugar ect…
I tried the first two methods and was not impressed with the “maple” flavor that should have been present in the recipe. The recipes were pretty easy and very basic but tasted more like white chocolate fudge with walnuts and a hint of maple.
I then moved on to the pure maple syrup recipe and must admit it was not quick or easy but the flavor is awesome!! If you are a seasoned candy maker than this recipe will be easy for you but if you have never dabbled in the candy making process you may have some trial and error with the recipe, I sure did!
The fudge is created using whipping cream, maple syrup and corn syrup. The “soft ball” candy process is used and the recipe takes about 45 min to an hour. If you are going to attempt this recipe you will need a candy thermometer, patience and maybe enough ingredients to make a few “experimental batches”.
The recipe calls for:
-1 2.25 oz pack (1/2 cup) of chopped walnuts
-2 cups maple syrup
-1 tablespoon light corn syrup
-3/4 cup light cream (whipping cream)
–1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter or use wax paper to cover/ coat a loaf pan or other dish (8×8 inch or smaller). Mix maple syrup, corn syrup and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture reaches 200 degrees continue to heat without stirring to about 225 degrees or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Once mixture reaches the proper temperature/ consistency remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm. After mixture cools beat on medium speed until it thickens and loses its gloss. Quickly fold in vanilla and nuts and spread in prepared pan. Let cool completely before cutting.