Vanilla Walnut Fudge

2½ cups sugar
1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup Karo light corn syrup
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Butter an 8 x 8-inch square pan or line pan with buttered foil; set aside.

Combine sugar, cream, corn syrup, salt and butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until mixture boils. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until candy thermometer reaches 235 to 240°F (soft ball stage). Remove from heat; do not remove candy thermometer.

Cool mixture to 100°F. (TIP: To speed cooling, place pan of hot fudge mixture in a cold water bath.) Remove candy thermometer.

Add vanilla. Beat mixture with a wooden spoon until it thickens and begins to lose its gloss (about 4 to 5 minutes). Stir in walnuts.

Pour fudge mixture into prepared pan. Cool completely. When firm, remove from pan; cut into squares.
(Makes 36 pieces) 

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