Greetings, Frugal Farmer friends!! SO, since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I’d take a few posts this month and share some of the Christmas baking recipes we use in our house, starting with this super easy fudge recipe. By making delicious fudge and candies at home, you can save big bucks off of expensive store prices, and avoid preservatives and other chemicals as well.
Fudge (and candy in general) has a reputation for being a PITA to make, but in the 10+ years we’ve been using this recipe, I’ve only had a problem with it twice. It’s incredibly difficult to screw this fudge recipe up, so even if your bake-nically challenged, I’ll bet you can do this one right. 🙂
Most of the baking recipes we use came from a gal I worked with in the mortgage biz years ago. Val is one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever known; the kind who truly showers love on others for the simple purpose of blessing them. (She once shared a piece of very wise financial truth with me, and that was “Only people who are faking wealth are mean: truly wealthy people – at least the ones that I’ve know [and she is one herself] are really very nice”)
Val and a friend get together every Christmas season and make a truck load of cookies for their loved ones, and she was kind enough to share the recipes she uses with me when I was a young mom. Val’s nearly 80 now, but still going strong and making a difference in life. And every time we make and eat from a recipe she gave us, I am reminded how important it is that we truly love one another as Christ loves us.
Super Easy Fudge Recipe
4.5 c. sugar (non-calorie, of course 😉 )
1 – 12oz. can evaporated milk
1 stick real, unsalted butter
1 – 12oz bag Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 – 12oz. bag Nestle milk chocolate chocolate chips
2 small jars marshmallow cream
1 c. finely chopped walnuts (optional)
In a very large mixing bowl, put marshmallow cream, chocolate chips, and walnuts (if using), and set aside. Grease or butter a 9×13 glass pan and set aside.
In large saucepan, melt butter, add sugar and evaporated milk, and mix well. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil at a rapid boil for 10 full minutes, stirring continuously. BTW – when I say rapid boil, that means in this case big bubbles, but not so big that the mixture is flying all over the place out of the pan. This usually happens on our stove at about medium to medium-high. Gotta have big bubbles, but not so big that the mix is flying all over the walls.
After boiling and stirring for 10 full minutes, pour the sugar mixture over the chocolate chips/marshmallow cream, and stir vigorously until everything is fully blended and the chocolate chips are melted. BTW, the sugar mixture will be HOT, so be careful. After the mixture is thoroughly blended and the chocolate chips are fully melted (do this step quickly before the mixture starts to cool), turn the mixture into the 9×13 pan. Cover and cool in the fridge for a couple of hours or on the counter overnight until fudge sets up.
The main potential errors with this recipe are:
-boiling the sugar mixture too high, which will not only make a serious mess of your kitchen but will make the fudge too hard.
-not boiling the sugar mixture high enough, which will make the fudge too soft so that it doesn’t set up enough. If this happens, just put it in the fridge longer to help it harden
-not mixing the sugar mixture/chocolate mixture quick enough before it cools, which will leave the fudge grainy and weird-textured.
However, if you follow the above directions EXACTLY, everything will turn out just fine. 🙂
- DON’T use a plastic bowl to mix the cold ingredients and HOT sugar mixture together in: the hot sugar mix may begin to melt the bowl a bit and you may end up with plastic pieces in the fudge (don’t ask me how I know this 🙂 ).
- You can mix the hot and cold ingredients together in the greased 13×9 pan that the fudge sets up in, but you may find that the fudge sticks to the pan a bit if you do this because the grease/butter will mix in with the rest of the stuff.
- Don’t taste it until it cools a bit – not even a lick from the bowl. When you first mix the chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, etc. into the hot sugar stuff, it is VERY hot.
- Use caution around young children. And for yourself too. Be careful of splattering hot sugar mixture.
And above all: share with others. If you don’t, you may wake up the next morning to find an extra several pounds on your hips. This fudge recipe has a very high “yummy” factor. 🙂