One of our favorite treats to make on occasion is homemade fudge. Not only is homemade fudge much cheaper than the store bought stuff, this particular recipe gets rave reviews wherever we bring it.
I’m a baker at heart, but I’d always been afraid to try making homemade fudge until I got this recipe. “Fudge is difficult” people would tell me. Although it is a bit tedious, this particular fudge recipe turns out perfect for us nearly every time.
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This recipe came from a dear old friend named Val, who I worked with many years ago in the mortgage industry. Val was in her 70’s and still going strong as our office receptionist.
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Val is one of the kindest women I’ve ever met, and now in her 80’s is still working to serve and love others as a finally-retired woman. It was roughly 2002 when Val brought a sample of the array of Christmas treats she makes for all of her loved ones into the office where we worked.
A baked goods aficionado, I couldn’t help but ask for every single recipe as I tried each treat. Each treat was moist, tender and out-of-this-world delicious. Val brought the recipes in the following week and to this day – some 14 years later – our family uses every one of Val’s recipes on our Christmas baking day. The fudge recipe is by far my biggest temptation.
Smooth, creamy, rich and “sweet, but not too sweet”, this family favorite impresses everywhere we bring it. It’s important to follow the directions accurately, so pay attention.
- 4.5 cups white sugar
- 1 -12 oz. can evaporated milk
- 1 -12 oz. bag semi sweet chocolate chips (we use Nestle’s)
- 1 -12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips (Nestle’s)
- 2 small jars (7 oz. each) marshmallow creme
- 1 stick real butter
- 1 c. finely chopped walnuts (optional)
- Butter a 9×13 glass pan.
- Put the two bags of chocolate chips and the 2 jars of marshmallow creme into a very large bowl. Don’t use a plastic bowl as the heat from the sugar, butter and milk mixture can melt the bowl. Add the walnuts to this bowl if you plan on including walnuts. We make the fudge both with and without walnuts and it’s delicious either way.
- Melt butter in large saucepan over low to medium heat. Keep the heat low enough that the butter doesn’t burn. Add in the sugar and evaporated milk, and mix well.
- Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring regularly. When the mixtures reaches a rolling boil, boil for 10 more minutes, stirring constantly.*It’s important to be sure the mixture is just over a rolling boil: boiling but not boiling so much that it’s overflowing or splattering out onto your hands or arms. A wooden spoon with a longer handle works best for this part. You’ll likely have to do some playing with the heat level in order to get the mixture to a rolling boil yet avoid the splatter factor.
- After the mixture has boiled for 10 minutes with constant stirring, remove the saucepan from the heat and spoon the hot mixture (be very careful) into the large bowl with the chocolate chips and the marshmallow creme. Mix immediately and thoroughly until all of the marshmallow creme is mixed in well and the fudge is smooth, creamy and a uniform medium brown color.
- After the fudge is thoroughly mixed, turn it over into the buttered 9×13 glass pan. Spread it out evenly with the spoon, cover it with foil and put it in the fridge for several hours (at least 4, but 8 is better) to firm up.
- Cut into small pieces and serve!
Variations When Making Fudge
- You can use two bags of semi sweet chocolate chips or two bags of milk chocolate chips, but we like to use one of each so that it’s not too sweet but not too dark either.
- You can also use chopped almonds instead of walnuts.
A Note About Cooking this Fudge with Kids
Be careful when cooking this fudge around children. The milk/sugar/butter mixture gets very, very hot.
Also, remember that some pets – especially dogs – are allergic to chocolate, so don’t feed this fudge to your pets.
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Have you ever tried to make fudge or other homemade candies before? What’s the right way to make fudge: with or without nuts? 🙂
*Image Credit: Joel Kramer on Flickr