What a disaster!!! Stirring & stirring, waiting & waiting for it to come to a boil. Then waiting & waiting for it to reach 234. Then more & more waiting for it to come back down to 110. Once it did, I could barely get a spoon through it to try to incorporate the butter. Poured it in the pan anyway & by morning it was rock hard. I worked on this from 9:30pm until 11:30pm. I followed directions to a "T". (using a candy thermometer.) I was looking for a fudge recipe using cocoa instead of choc chips & not using marshmallow. THIS AIN"T IT!!! NEW ADDITION Feb. 9, 2010 I tried this again & finally had success. Here's what I did: I used a 4 qt. stainless steel pan & buttered it- bottom & sides. I mixed the sugar, salt, & cocoa in a bowl with a whisk, then added milk & mixed well. Then I poured this into the pan. Brought to a boil at 6 1/2, then reduced heat to a 5. (it still kept boiling) It should be a medium boil. Set your timer for 15 min. After that, stick a digital thermometer in the mixture & wait till it gets to 234. (just hold it) (mine took an additional 2 1/2 min) Put pan on a rack, add butter & vanilla, & only let cool until butter melts! Beat w/ mixer & pour in pan. Changes from "hot fudge" to setting up! Don't forget to butter your square pan. I used a mixer since it is so hard to stir. Whatever you do, DON'T let it cool longer than 10 minutes! Forget about the 110 degrees. Whole process took about 45 min. Hope this helps! (Oh, & Josie honey- you DO stir. See step 2)
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What a disaster!!! Stirring & stirring, waiting & waiting for it to come to a boil. Then...