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Fudge and Why it is Necessary

Updated on October 6, 2013
Fantasy Fudge in chocolate and peanut butter flavors.
Fantasy Fudge in chocolate and peanut butter flavors. | Source
Assemble all ingredients before starting to cook so all you  attention can be focused on stirring the candy mixture.
Assemble all ingredients before starting to cook so all you attention can be focused on stirring the candy mixture. | Source
Boiling the right amount of time and temperature is key to making smooth, creamy fudge
Boiling the right amount of time and temperature is key to making smooth, creamy fudge | Source
smooth peanut butter fudge!
smooth peanut butter fudge! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: About 20 1 inch squares

Fudge Oh So Good

Disclaimer: This is not my original recipe. This recipe is from Kraft Foods and has been around for years. I have adapted this recipe to make other flavors of fudge, like Peanut Butter or Candy Cane. The basic "Fantasy Fudge" recipe follows and is also found on the back of the Marsh Mellow Cream jar.

Over the years, I have perfected the art of fudge. My first few attempts at fudge making were a total disaster. The fudge never became firm enough to cut into little bite-size pieces and was only good for an ice cream topping. After several attempts and failures, I finally learned to make really creamy and firm fudge you need PATIENCE, a virtue that has never blessed me.

Fudge cannot be rushed. Timing is everything. You must stir and stir and stir, slowly and deliberately adding love and sweetness. The result is fudge so creamy and delicious it will calm the angry sweet beast of the hardest heart-ed among us.

Is there anything more comforting than delicious chocolate? If chocolate is the all time comfort food, fudge is the Queen of chocolate.

I make fudge to give as gifts to neighbors, teachers, in-laws at the Holidays but fudge can also be a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. Add a nice bottle of champagne and some bath salts--you have the makings of a Happy Valentine's Day.

Ingredients-For Chocolate Fudge

  • 5oz Evaporated Milk
  • 3 cups super fine baker's sugar
  • 1- 7 oz jar marsh Mellow Cream, Made by Kraft
  • 12 oz package Dark Chocolate chips
  • 1.5 sticks butter (real butter)
  • 1 dash Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (optional) walnuts

Instructions

  1. The key to creamy and firm fudge is in the proper cooking of the butter, sugar and evaporated milk. (NOTE: make sure you do not buy condensed milk. The cans are very similar. Make sure it says EVAPORATED milk on the can. The two cans are always together at the market so be sure.) In a heavy pot, melt the butter first before the other ingredients. Careful not to burn the butter. Add the can of evaporated milk (if you bought the 5 oz size-do not use more the 5 oz) stir the butter and milk until they become one. Slowly add the sugar. The refined, super silky baker's sugar is best because there is no grainy sugar taste in the final product. As you slowly pour the sugar into the pot of butter and milk, stir, stir and stir. Think happy thoughts. Think love. Think of the smiling faces of family and friends whom you share this treat with. Once all the sugar has been put into the pot, keep stirring. Allow the mixture to gently boil but keep stirring as the pot boils.
  2. Boil the mixture for 4-5 minutes. Keep stirring. Once the mixture has boiled and looks like it is forming into a sticky substance. Turn off the flame. Add the chocolate chips and stir. Once the chips are all melted into the mixture; add the marsh mellow cream. Stir the cream completely into the mixture. Add the walnuts and vanilla. Pour the liquidity fudge into small tin loaf pans and allow to cool on the counter (not in the refrigerator) for about an hour.
  3. To make peanut butter fudge follow the same instructions but substitute chocolate chips for peanut butter chips (found in the same area of the market as chocolate chips) For Candy Cane fudge, substitute white chocolate chips, add peppermint flavoring to the mix (found in the spice section of the market) be very conservative on the amount of peppermint flavoring, it is very strong. Add crushed candy canes to the top of the finished, cooled product. You can also layer chocolate fudge with peanut butter fudge in the loaf pan or candy cane fudge with chocolate fudge to add an interesting and classy variation.
  4. Wrap the tiny loaf pans of fudge in clear gift wrap, tie in a pretty bow and wall 'la.....you have a gift of love to give!

Fudge

5 stars from 1 rating of Fantasy Fudge

Read at your own risk....If you must know, here are the facts.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: : 1 serving
Calories 318
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 02 g3%
Saturated fat 01 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 83 g28%
Sugar 57 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • dwelburn profile image

      David 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Great recipe :) I love fudge. And chocolate. And peanut butter. Ha.

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      Pritchard 

      5 years ago

      Thank you all for stopping by and commenting. I'm now on a low carb diet but think I will splurge a little this Holiday season and make some fudge!!

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      ElleBee 

      5 years ago

      Yum, yum I love fudge! Candy-cane deserts have come my trademark in the past couple of years, so I may have to add this to my repertoire!

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh yes! Askme fudge is absolutely necessary and I for one am thankful it's almost the legal season for it:) thanks for sharing this super recipe..am pinning, sharing and voting up etc & tweeting this one..cheers

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I've always loved that fudge recipe, and you have really done it justice with all these different ideas. Thanks for sharing with us!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      The perfect recipe for the holidays! There are so many yummy recipes here on HP for making fudge, and a wide variety of everything you can imagine. I was going to make some fudge this weekend and just couldn't get to it -- you know a person is too busy when they can't find time to make fudge!!

      Great recipe and I'm going to share it with my followers. Also voted up!

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