Homemade Krowka Candy Polish Milk Fudge Recipe

A Polish milk fudge that’s sometimes chewy and sometimes crunchy, the krowka Polish candy is easy to make at home and finger-licking delicious! 

What Is Krowka?

Krówka literally means “little cow”. It’s one of the most famous Polish candies along with sliwka w czekoladzie, irys, ptasie mleczko, kasztanki and others.  

The candy is super easy to make- you just need to cook milk, butter, and sugar slowly.

Milk and butter cooking.
Cook the milk, butter, and sugar
Krowka candy starting the thicken.
Keep stirring till the Krowka candy starts to thicken
Krowka candy setting in a square pan.
Pour the Krowka candy into a pan or baking tray and leave to set

If you like krówka chewy, you only need to cook the dessert for about an hour. This krówka that is chewy is called “krówka ciągutka” (pulling krówka) or “krówka mordoklejka” (which can be translated as krówka that will seal your mouth). 

The longer you cook, the crispier your krówka candy will be. I like krówki to be very crispy, that’s why I often cook the mixture for 5 hours. 

Slicing the krowka candy.
Slice the krowka candy into cubes
Rows of krowka being cut.
Tip: Cut the krowka into bite-sized cubes or rectangles
Wrapped Polish cream candy.
Wrap the krowka candy in parchment paper
Krowka candy.
Homemade krowka candy looks just like the storebought krowka fudge
 
Krowka candy on a black surface.
Did you know that krowka milk fudge is exported across the globe?

You can always buy some krowka from the store and compare it with the version you make at home. Doesn’t the homemade krowki taste a lot better?

Who Invented Krowka?

The Polish cream fudge called krowka was invented by Feliks Pomorski. Feliks learned how to make it from an uncle who lived in Żytomierz, a town that was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. 

Feliks started selling his krowka in Poznan and soon scaled to industrial production by the 1920s. During World War II, the Nazi Germans forced Feliks and his family to leave Poznan.

They moved to a town that’s often considered a suburb of Warsaw, namely Milanowek. Feliks continued making krowka in Milanowek. It’s for this reason that you’ll often find the Polish cream fudge called milanówek krówki. 

Why Was This Polish Candy Called Krowka?

Feliks would wrap the candy in pieces of paper with the picture of a cow on it. So the candy was soon called little cows or krowka. Even today, the candy is sold with the traditional cow on its cover.

Tips For Making Krowka Candy Polish Milk Fudge

  • This recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian!
  • You can add vanilla extract to the candy for more flavor!
  • Wrap the Polish fudge in parchment paper or in colorful wax paper.
  • In a hurry? Replace the milk and sugar with condensed milk and you’ll reduce your time by half. 
  • Don’t worry if the candy is too chewy or too hard. They’re both versions of krowki.

FAQs About Krowka Polish Candy 

How To Pronounce Krowka Or Krowki?

Krowka, meaning little cow is pronounced crewf-kah. Krowki, the plural word, meaning little cows is pronounced crewf-kee

Why Is Chewy Krowka Called Krówka Mordoklejka?

Krowka that is chewy has a similar effect to peanut butter that feels like your mouth is glued shut. Hence it is called “krówka mordoklejka” or krówka that will seal your mouth.  

Which Milk Should I Use? 

Whole milk will produce the best krowki. 

Which Butter Should I Use?

You can use either salted or unsalted butter. Salted butter will give the candy a different flavor.

Which Baking Tray Should I Use?

You can use either a square tray or a rectangular tray.

What Is The Difference Between Krowka and Miodek Turecki?

Krowka is a chewy Polish fudge made with milk, sugar, and butter. Sometimes it has a crumby exterior and a gooey interior. On the other hand, miodek turecki is a crunchy and light candy made with sugar, water, walnuts, honey, and baking soda.

How To Store Krowka?

Store the krowka candy in an airtight container at room temperature. It will last for more than a few weeks. 

Krowka Candy Polish Milk Fudge Recipe

Krowka Candy Polish Milk Fudge Recipe

Krowka Candy Polish Milk Fudge Recipe

A Polish milk fudge that's sometimes chewy and sometimes crunchy, the krowka Polish candy is easy to make at home and finger-licking delicious! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 3.5oz (100g) of butter

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in the pot.
  2. Start heating slowly, making sure the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom.
  3. Stir frequently. Cook for 1-5 hours depending on the structure you want to get. If you like chewy krowki, they will be ready after about an hour when the mixture has a pudding-like consistency.
    If you like crispy krowki, cook the mixture for at least 3 hours. Krowka candy starting the thicken.
  4. Pour the mixture onto the pan lined with parchment paper. Let it cool down, then place in the fridge for a few hours. Krowka candy setting in a square pan.
  5. After that time, cut it into cuboids. Rows of krowka being cut.
  6. You may wrap each fudge in parchment paper.

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