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    I seriously need some help with candy making

    I figured out why my key lime pie ruined. I added 1/8th of the sugar that the meringue needed, so it collapsed and the water ruined the filling. I made another one (two actually, just in case...) and they turned out perfect. BUT Now I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong with fudge! Kids make this crap all the time and I'm making batch after batch trying to get it right, and it always comes out grainy and crumbly.

    I'm using a candy thermometer that I know is right because I tested it with boiling water. I add the margarine (1/4th cup), sugar (1 cup), milk (1/2 cup), and a pinch of salt. I boil to the soft ball stage 240 degrees on low heat, then remove it and mix in the peanut butter (1/2 cup) and vanilla extract ( 1/2 tsp). I stir enough to mix it in while it's a liquid.

    At first, I went ahead, stirred, and poured it out and let it cool. That method left me with grainy, crumbly (relatively dry) fudge. I tried stirring it just enough to mix it up, then stop and let it sit until it cools to 110 degrees. Then I read to stir it up then and at that temperature it's already too hard to work with. It just crumbles. It's not stirrable. I have tried cooking while stirring continuously until it reaches the soft ball stage, and I also tried stirring until it boils and then stopping stirring. I should mention I wash the sides of the sautier (I've tried sautier and pot, BTW.).

    What am I doing wrong? I'm ready to give up. It's really dry, crumbly, and grainy. I should mention I've tried using butter over margarine, also tried using 10 x powdered sugar over granulated sugar but it doesn't seem to matter since it melts anyway. I've tried adding a little extra milk and/ or butter (not at the same batch), but it doesn't help. All of my ingredients are measured properly, and Ive tried a few different recipes.

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    I'm not a baker and I have no experience with fudge.

    You should try to add that marshmallow in a jar stuff, I forgot the name. I have heard that will make the fudge more moist.

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    Maybe try warming the peanut butter before adding it. It sounds like the sugar mixture is cooling too fast and is recrystalizing. Heavy or thick pots cool more slowly too.
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    Watch it, Mark. You're really on thin ice with me. If you're not careful I won't share my Spotted D ick with recipe with you You've already lost the right to know my kumquat pudding recipe. Don't test me

    I should also mention I tried adding the peanut butter to it when I boil, so it can't be that the peanut butter (also tried different brands) is cold. Plus I'm in Georgia and it's pretty warm right now. Could it be humidity? I also didn't let the thermometer touch the pot/sautier, and they were like.. aluminum I guess.

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    I'm hurt that you didn't even acknowledge my suggestion.

    [QUOTE][If you're not careful I won't share my Spotted D ick recipe with you/QUOTE]

    No thanks I like tuna (hold the spots)

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    I didn't want to make fudge with marshmallow cream... maybe I'm stuck up but I wanted to do it the old fashioned way. Although I did try adding velveta.. and that was a disaster. It was floating in it's own grease and tasted like crap. And it was still grainy and crumbly, but now just greasy.

    And that would have been way funnier had you said Cherry pie instead of Tuna. You're losing your touch, old man

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    I'm sorry but adding velveta to fudge sounds nastier than spotted d ick

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    Well if you can wait till tomorrow I'll ask my wife. She was able to mae gads of the stuff past 2 years for Xmas so she knows what to do...
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