I just got done making a batch of the fudge that I make for gifts every year. It’s easy, and really sinfully good. My son has adopted the tradition of making it at the holidays as well. So I thought I would give the gift of this recipe to you all, my dear readers and followers! Give it a try, and follow the tradition and pass the recipe on to your family and friends.
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup (6 oz.) evaporated milk
- 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup corn syrup, light or dark
- 2 TBSP butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chopped nuts, raisins or coconut, optional
Combine sugar and evaporated milk in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring CONSTANTLY until mixture boils. Turn heat to low or medium low, so that it is still bubbling, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring CONSTANTLY to prevent scorching.
Remove from heat-don’t just turn the burner off- take the pan off of the burner- and IMMEDIATELY add butter, vanilla, corn syrup and chocolate pieces and stir well until the chocolate is melted, smooth and shiny. Add optional ingredients if desired and stir in and pour into a buttered 8 inch pan.
The mixture sets up rapidly, so spread it quickly. Chill for two hours in the refrigerator or until firm. Cut into pieces.
Makes 2 1/2 pounds.
The best method is to measure all of the ingredients out before you start cooking, and have it ready to pour into once the milk and sugar have cooked. You have to move fast, so it is easier if everything is opened and measured, and all you need to do is pour it in and stir.
A couple of variations that I like:
Add 2 tsp of peppermint flavoring in when you add all of the ingredients. This gives it a nice peppermint flavor. You can crush up candy canes and sprinkle on top when the fudge is slightly set, before you chill it.
Once the fudge is cooled and slightly set, sprinkle sea salt on top. You don’t want to add the salt when the fudge is too hot, it will get absorbed into the fudge. It is a lovely combo of salt and sweet. Delicious.
Or experiment with other ingredients. Let me know what you come up with!
Happy Holidays, all!