How Much Does Fudge Cost?
Fudge is a very popular, sweet, and extremely rich Western confectionery made of candy, butter, and milk (some people may substitute milk with cream, though). From the basic fudge, a wide array of variations have already been made – from chocolate to vanilla, and from plain to nuts-filled. Unlike other favorite sweets, which have been existent for eras, the original American fudge is a relatively new invention, dating back only to the late 1880s. Fudge can be found almost anywhere, but high quality fudge that is made fresh from the best ingredients is usually found in tourist areas. If a certain city or shop is known for their fudge, people will travel there just to try it.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of fudge is going to depend on the type, the company creating it, and the amount needed. On average, plan on spending at least $1 to $2 per ounce of fudge. If the fudge is going to be purchased by the pound, the costs will be around $8 to $17.
- Fudgery.com, for instance, offers a variety of fudge. A four ounce piece of Christmas Tree fudge retails for $5 while a pound of fudge retails for $14. A two and half pound basket retails for $30.
- At Mosfudgefactor.com, the cost of their fudge is around $8 per 1/2 pound. Some of their flavors include chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate walnut, maple walnut, chocolate coconut and sugar-free chocolate.
What is going to be included?
- The shipment of most orders takes place within 48 hours after placing the order.
- Fudge comes in many different flavors. Just like candy, the flavors can range anywhere from a simple piece of chocolate to coconut. Specialty fudge can be topped with candy such as M&Ms, peanuts and cinnamon.
- If you purchase the fudge in person, most places will allow you to pick out the amount you want. Whether it is a 1/4 pound or a full pound, fudge will commonly be cut into one pound pieces already. After a slab is picked out, it will be wrapped in a wax paper.
- An article on suite 101 explains how fudge is made: “Firstly, the ingredients, which are made to an original recipe dating from 1830, are mixed and heated to over 230 degrees. The molten liquid is then poured onto a marble slab and turned and flipped with a spade-like tool while wall-mounted fans blow cool air onto the fudge to help it set. The fudge maker then changes to smaller paddle-like tools used to shape the fudge, turning all the time towards the centre of the slab until the mixture hardens. Eventually it is shaped into a humped sausage-shape and is then sliced up and served in the front of the shop. What results from all this flipping and cooling is an intensely sweet, buttery taste, the texture slightly crunchy on the outside and as you bite into it, a soft fudgy consistency in the centre. It has a similar effect to an oozing chocolate brownie – gloriously decadent and persistently moreish.
What are the extra costs?
- The shipping charges will be separate from the prices given above. Due to the sensitivity of the shipping, express mail will more than likely be required. Shipping should not cost any more than $10.
Factors that influence the price:
- Shop. Depending on the reputation of the shop and the quality of the fudge, the price will fluctuate.
- Flavor. Fudge that has extra ingredients to make different flavors and types can cost more than plain fudge.
- Amount. Fudge is usually priced per pound; the more you buy, the less you should have to pay per pound.
Tips to know:
- When making fudge, be sure to put your ingredients and equipment together in one place near you because once you have started doing it, you cannot just stop in the middle to get some of the needed equipment; otherwise, you will end up ruining the batch of fudge.
- If you want to avoid seed crystals from forming, let the fudge cool without stirring.
- If you want to make fudge at home, start by lining your pan with plastic wrap, greased foil, or parchment paper. After, cut the fudge with a plastic knife, and cool your fudge in a waxed paper.
- If you intend to give your fudge as a gift, put it in cellophane bags and tie it with a pretty ribbon.
- If you are attempting to make fudge at home, do not get frustrated if it does not turn out the first time. It can be hard to master the making of fudge and it might take a few tries.
How can I save money?
- In some stores, you will be given discounts if you would sign up for a constant supply of fudge for a certain period.
- Inquire from different stores for their prices. Most of the time, it is going to be best to purchase fudge in person.
- Most often, quality matters. Fudge may be more expensive in one store because it has established itself for producing top quality or tasty products, making it well worth your money.