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Brown Butter Vanilla Fudge

Brown Butter Vanilla Fudge

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 40 pieces
  • Category: Candy
  • Cuisine: New Zealand
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Fudge is a beloved candy that is made with brown butter to add a depth to the caramel flavor with flecks of vanilla swirled through to make this an unusual fudge that will impress people.


700 grams / 3 ½ cups superfine/caster sugar
125 grams / 4.4 ounces brown butter
125 milliliters / ½ cup milk milk
¼ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
200 milliliters / ½ can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla beans


  • Prepare a tin with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  • Place the sugar, butter, milk, salt and sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan on medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Allow to simmer on low to medium heat for approximately 13 minutes or until it has reached the soft ball stage (this is easiest with a candy thermometer).
  • Remove from the heat, add in the vanilla seeds and extract and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Beat on medium for 10 minutes until the fudge has lost its gloss and is creamy and lighter. It might seem like it's not coming together, but will do so right at the end.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and allow to set for an hour or overnight.
  • Slice into cubes and serve.


Adapted from Chelsea