Candymaking is fun and rewarding. Hands down, the most popular, traditional home-made confection is fudge.
A few simple tools and a little patience will yield wonderful results, but before you start you’ve got to have the right equipment, and that means a great pot needs to be your first priority.
What Makes a Great Fudge Pot?
A fudge pan needs to be large enough to hold all of your ingredients, even when they expand and bubble during cooking.
The minimum volume I’d recommend for candy making is 3.5 quarts, but in many cases you might wish to use a bigger pan as some recipes call for a fairly large volume of ingredients and you wouldn’t want to risk the serious burns and mess that can be a problem if you boil over a hot sugar mixture.
In addition to size, you also need a pot with a heavy bottom that will distribute heat evenly and protect your confections from scorching.
Tall sides are a plus, as is a pour spout and a nicely fitted lid. Sturdy handles will allow you to move the pot off of a hot burner safely and help immensely when transferring hot candy from the cooking pan to a mold or sheet pan for cooling.
Let’s take a look at a few pots that work well as fudge pots, and I’ll explain why I like each one, as well as tell you which one is my hands down favorite.