I used my electric hand mixer to beat the fudge instead of a wooden spoon. It took about 10+ minutes for it to start losing its sheen - and then my electric mixer broke. I had been having some problems with it and of all times, it decided to die on me while I was in the middle of this very important step. I patted the fudge into the pan anyway and because it was underbeaten, it was just a little too soft to cut into firm pieces. I decided to turn them into truffles by scooping what was in the pan into little balls, freezing them (so they would hold their shape) and then dipping them in chocolate. They ended up being very very sweet, rich and delicious- a very good spin on a classic truffle.
Old Fashioned Fudge
* I used an electric mixer here instead- I have no idea how one would be able to do it with a wooden spoon! It was tiring even with the mixer!