Fudge-like frosting recipe?
March 20, 2011 7:18 AM   Subscribe

Help me find this chocolate frosting recipe from a (Hershey's?) cocoa tin from the 1960s based on my mom's description.

My mom says that her mom used to make chocolate frosting based on a recipe on a cocoa tin that was more like fudge than frosting. My mom thinks that it was likely a Hershey's tin ("that was the only cocoa there was in Sandusky, Ohio in the 1960s, are you kidding?!"), but it's possible that it was another brand. She said that it would harden as it cools, and she remembers breaking it into pieces as she ate it. I wouldn't put it past my grandmother to use fudge as frosting, but I'm wondering if a similar recipe existed for frosting in the 1960s.
posted by quiet coyote to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: And I happen to have a copy of Hershey's "Make it Chocolate" book, wherein the following recipe is contained:

Fudget Frosting

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Hershe's Cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 dash salt
1 and 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa. Add butter, corn syrup, milk and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cool to lukewarm. In a small mixer bowl place confectioner's sugar; stir in cocolate mixture and vanilla. Beat until spreading consistency. Makes 2 cups.
posted by LN at 7:24 AM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

Please excuse my typos, above ^_^;
posted by LN at 7:24 AM on March 20, 2011

I'll leave this here as well, although this recipe doesn't look like it would set up the way the previous one would.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup Hershey's Cocoa
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup hot milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the cocoa, stirring constantly until smooth and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixer bowl combine confectioner's sugar and milk; beat till smooth. Add the chocolate mixture and vanilla. Beat on medium speed till smooth and thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Cool at room temperature to spreading consistency, about 1/2 hour. Makes 3 cups.
posted by LN at 7:32 AM on March 20, 2011

My family makes a frosting with Hershey's cocoa - butter, cocoa, confectioners sugar, milk (cold), and vanilla.

Probably similar to the amounts LN listed, but I make it by eye, so I have no clue how much I actually put in.

I can confirm that it doesn't really set up like fudge, but it does harden as it "cools" - the top of the cake gets all crackly if you try to run a knife through the frosting after letting it sit for a little while. And I believe that if you stick it in the fridge, you could harden it enough to break it into pieces.
posted by kellygrape at 7:38 AM on March 20, 2011

You might be interested in the recipes posted here based on a similar request to yours.
posted by gudrun at 7:41 AM on March 20, 2011

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