Old Fashioned Fudge


*Recipe from Grandma (Betty Hall)

3 cups sugar

1 envelope unflavored gelatine

1 cup milk

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 squares (3oz) unsweetened chocolate

1 1/4 cups butter or margarine

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Butter an 8-by-8-by-2 inch pan, or line it with waxed paper.  In a bowl, mix together the sugar and dry gelatine.

2. In a 3 1/2 quart saucepan, mix sugar mixture with milk, corn syrup, unsweetened chocolate and butter.

3. Cook over medium heat and stirring frequently, to 238 degrees F on a candy thermometer (soft ball stage), or until a little in cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Remove from heat; pour into a large mixing bowl.  Stir in vanilla.  Cool 25 minutes.

4. Beat with a wooden spoon until candy thickens.  Stir in walnuts.  Spread into prepared pan.  Let cool completely. Remove from pan and cut into squares.