The complicated, temperamental holiday candy that everyone loves to eat but hates to make!
And even more complicated than fickle (but delicious) traditional chocolate fudge is its decadent cousin — vanilla fudge.
But even though it might seem like it, I’m not trying to scare you off! I’m trying to tell you how exciting it is that today I have for you a recipe for easy vanilla fudge!
But today we’ve taken vanilla fudge to a whole new level by flavoring it with sticky rum and vanilla soaked raisins.
This rum raisin fudge is true holiday decadence!
The recipe carefully walks you through the steps to make this sinfully good creamy fudge. But, it is important to understand that the “easy” label does not mean you can be lax using this recipe. This time, easy does not equal lazy, and you need to follow this recipe to the letter.
Patience is of the utmost importance when making this luxurious Rum Raisin Fudge.
You must wait for the sugar to dissolve. You must wait for the fudge mixture to heat to the right temperature. You must wait for the mixture to be beaten until it’s very thick. And although it will be the hardest part, you must wait for the fudge to properly cool.
Most of the time making this fudge is spent hands on, so this is not something you can walk away from during cooking.
I recommend putting on your favorite Christmas album or playlist while whipping up this fudge so you can dance around the kitchen with your wooden spoon in hand!
When you follow these steps carefully, you’ll find yourself with a super easy to make, indulgent, rich caramel-ly fudge that will disappear in moments.
Mmm this fudge is so decadent!
The sticky rum and vanilla soaked raisins pair delightfully with the toffee-like flavor of the fudge.
I found that topping the fudge with a light sprinkle of flaky sea salt added the perfect salty-sweet finishing touch to this delicious treat.
If you’d rather not tempt yourself too much with this whole batch in your house (or if you feel like sharing some real good lovin’ with people you know), make this Easy Rum Raisin Fudge as a homemade gift! You’ll find yourself with a lot of new best friends, I guarantee it! 😉
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 2 cups cane sugar
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (or 10 tablespoons) whole milk
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- Heavy bottom large pot
- Candy thermometer
- Hand or stand mixer
- Wax paper
- Combine the rum, raisins, and vanilla in a small bowl. Line an 8x8 baking dish with wax paper.
- In a large, heavy bottomed pot, add the milk, butter, and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved.
- Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and raise the heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat back down to medium-low. Simmer over medium-low heat stirring constantly for 20-35 minutes until the mixture reaches 245 degrees F. Be sure to stir the bottom and sides of the pan to ensure that parts there aren't burning!
- When the mixture has reached the proper temperature, pour it into a large, sturdy plastic, glass, or ceramic bowl. Let it cool for 3-5 minutes, then add the soaked raisins to the fudge mixture. Beat the mixture on high speed for 10 minutes or until it is very thick and looks like it's starting to form a large soft ball on the beaters.
- Spread the fudge mixture evenly in the baking dish. Place the fudge in the fridge to cool and set for 2 hours or until firm. To serve, cut the fudge into 1-inch cubes with a knife run under hot water. Enjoy!
Adapted from this recipe.