Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward, brings us her recipe for the Best Homemade Fudge.

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The Best Homemade Fudge

A Traditional Christmas Food

 

I love homemade fudge! I love it so much that I only allow myself to make it once a year. The week of Christmas is special in our household. It’s the one week that we don’t worry about calories, sugar, fat, or any of those other “bad” things. My home is magically transformed into Mrs. Claus’s cozy kitchen. Dreams of chex mix, cookies, pie, rolls, and, of course, fudge dance through our heads.

I love all of the foods unique to this season that have become family traditions. My grandmother always made turkey soup and chex mix with bacon grease and Cayenne pepper. Both of these things my mother now makes to keep the tradition alive. My dad loves to make his grandmothers special recipe rolls and “tea cakes”, which are a hard, less sweet cookie. So delicious! He is always good for a Christmas wild-card. One year he made fruit cake using rum and bourbon. It was actually very yummy. And, my sister always makes her special peppermint cake. Since we won’t be spending Christmas together this year, I bet my husband will ask me to make that. He loves it!

Christmas-Tamales-TraditionSince moving to So Cal, we’ve learned about a holiday traditional. Tamales! I never would have guessed, but you won’t find me complaining. I love them so much!! One of my husband’s employees gave him a dozen homemade tamales for a Christmas gift. Yum!

I’ve played around with various fudge recipes, and even bought easy to make fudge kits at the store, but could never quite find a recipe that everyone loved. Hubs wants peanut butter, Tiny Dancer doesn’t want nuts, but I do. Finally, I found a recipe that I was able to tweak, and create the perfect, just right for us, homemade fudge.

Homemade Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How to:

  • Line an 8” square baking pan with foil.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add in marshmallows, chips, and vanilla, and stir for 1 minute, or until everything is melted and combined.
  • Add mixture to foiled baking pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until solid.
  • Once firm. Remove from pan by lifting foil edges. Cut into one inch pieces.

Suggestions:

  • Add ½ cup of nuts.
  • Substitute other types of chips. (i.e. milk chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc.)

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Best Homemade Chocolate Fudge - a Traditional Christmas Food
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Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
  1. Line an 8” square baking pan with foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Add in marshmallows, chips, and vanilla, and stir for 1 minute, or until everything is melted and combined.
  4. Add mixture to foiled baking pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until solid.
  5. Once firm. Remove from pan by lifting foil edges. Cut into one inch pieces.
Notes
Suggestions:

Add ½ cup of nuts.

Substitute other types of chips. (i.e. milk chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc.)

 

Merry-Christmas-Deborah-Ward-Life-With-LorelaiI hope that you have a very Merry Christmas full of love, family, and all of your favorite traditional foods!

 

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