Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Butter some dinner plates generously to pour the fudge into, this is what we always used Mom's corelle ware plates, could use really anything just be sure to be generous withthe butter.
Mix first 3 ingredients in a thick cooking pot, cook until the soft ball stage - if no thermometer just put some cold water in a cup and every once in awhile dip the spoon in and put a drop or two in that cup, roll around with your finger and if balls up into a soft ball - that is the soft ball stage :)
After taking off heat add the butter and vanilla, stir until butter melted. If you want pecans add them after the butter and vanilla. Pour into the plates and wait to cool. If you mess up good you get spoon fudge and OMG is that good, put it over some ice cream.