Recipe: A temperamental yet easy-to-make fudge

Andriette de la Harpe's microwave fudge is quick and easy to make and simply too good to resist

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Her Stellenbosch-based cakery, ’n Mondvol (“a mouthful”), is fast becoming known for its custom cakes and cupcakes. After many years, however, Andriette de la Harpe finally feels confident about her easy-to-make fudge recipe.

She shares it with the rest of Mzansi.


  • 1 x can of condensed milk
  • 100g butter (the real kind)
  • 500ml castor sugar
  • 5ml vanilla essence


1. Place everything, except the vanilla, into a microwave-safe bowl. If you want to, you can cut the butter into smaller pieces so that it melts faster.

2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3. Get yourself some gloves, because that bowl is HOT, and stir.

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4. Microwave again. For the next 10 minutes, you cannot walk away even to check your phone because this fudge is temperamental. Mix it almost every 30 seconds. In the beginning, you will be tempted to let it go a bit longer, but don’t. You will have a microwave volcano eruption and that sucks.

5. By the time there’s 4 minutes left, the fudge will become a bit darker. And if you prefer even darker caramel, you can push it up to 14 minutes (thus 4 minutes extra).

6. In the last 2 minutes, you can stop the microwave every 10 seconds (because if you’re like Andriette, you’ll be scared to overdo it, and to wash up a mess).

7. You’ve made it. Take out your boiling lava fudge and pour in the vanilla. It will bubble a bit, but it’s a good bubble.

8. Pour the mix into a greased container and let it set.

9. Cut the fudge into pieces about an hour later. You can add salt or anything you desire for a twist, but wait at least an hour before cutting, otherwise it will just melt.

Congratulations, you have made your own fudge!

ALSO READ: Retrenchment to rebirth: Andriette got her smile back

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