it’s not christmas without fudge

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 |
Well, it doesn’t feel like Christmas without a lot of things. A tree, for example. A Christmas Eve candlelight church service. A Muppet Christmas Carol. Eggnog. Presents. Family! But fudge (and kringle! My Danish genes love kringle. Not so much my Banana Republic jeans, but, well, you know.) is pretty important. And over the last 5 or 6 years, I’ve taken over the fudge production from my mom. Yesterday I made a big batch – four times the recipe! I made it ‘early’ this year because…right now I’m en route to Washington, DC for an interview, and I don’t know yet whether I’ll be back for Christmas. Better make it while you can, and all that. Do you make fudge at Christmas?

Christmas Fudge

INGREDIENTS

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine

2/3 cup evaporated milk (small 5 oz. can)

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts/pecans (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Line 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends extending over sides of pan; set aside. Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234˚F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

Add chocolate and marshmallow crème; stir until completely melted and mixed. Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.

Pour immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into 1-inch squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature. Makes 3 lb. fudge.

So innocent and yet so devious...

12 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

YUM!

owl and peacock : melina said...

Will.Be.Making.This.
Thank you! Ohhh....

Kristen M. said...

The last time I made fudge, it turns out that my thermometer was not working correctly and it did not turn out well. But I keep forgetting that I have a new thermometer and I need fudge!

vvb32 reads said...

oo, oo, (waving arm about wildly), i'll take some ;-D

Ryan G said...

Sounds wonderful...I may have to give this a try. Thanks!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Yum! I've actually already made 3 batches of fudge. @_@

Lisa said...

Kringle? You know kringle? I love kringle. We have it every year at Christmas at my mom and dad's. At least 4 different kinds. There's a bakery here that makes it but it's clear on the other side of town. The grocery store has it sometimes but it's clearly made by someone who's not Danish.

carolsnotebook said...

YUMMY!

I have to admit that I buy fudge, I don't make it.

celi.a said...

Yes! Kringle! I'm of Danish descent (last name is Larsen), and we have an uncle living in Racine, Wisconsin, the American home of kringle. So he sends us at least 8 kinds every year, and we eat them in the weeks leading up to Christmas...

Lisa said...

We used to always order our Kringle from Racine but now it costs 3x as much to ship it from there as the kringle itself does so we had to find another source. But that is the best kringle. Wait--Larsen? As in the Larsen Bakery in Racine?

Lisa said...

We used to always order our Kringle from Racine but now it costs 3x as much to ship it from there as the kringle itself does so we had to find another source. But that is the best kringle. Wait--Larsen? As in the Larsen Bakery in Racine?

Lauren said...

Oh boy. I don't make fudge at Christmas, but I definitely want to now. Actually, I suck at cooking so I will be copying this recipe down and sticking it to the fridge in the hopes that the other half gets the hint... Mmm.

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