One of my favorite holiday traditions is candy making and cookie baking with my very good friend of nearly 40 years. We’ve been doing it together so long we have an easy routine. Usually we start on a Friday evening and finish up our thousands, and I do mean thousands, of sugary sweet treats on Sunday evening. But this year my friend has joined the ranks of the retired and we are taking an entire week to do what we’ve always done in two and a half days. We always do our candy the first night. This year we are trying a new very chocolate chocolate fudge recipe that another friend shared with us. I cannot eat chocolate but all of the fudge samplers are confirming that the recipe switch was a good one.
1/2 cup butter
1 14-oz can evaporated milk
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 8-oz bag miniature marshmallows
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 4-oz boxes semisweet chocolate
2 4-oz boxes German chocolate
1 T vanilla
2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
Combine butter, milk and sugar in a heavy kettle. Stir over medium high heat until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking to a full boil. Turn off the heat and cover for five minutes.
Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
Break the chocolate up and add a few pieces at a time stirring until all of the chocolate is melted. Add the vanilla.
Pour into foil lined 9×13 pan. Make sure to butter the foil or spray with Pam. Let stand until cool.
Once the the fudge has cooled you can lift it out of the pan using the foil, cut into squares and enjoy.
My dining room table is groaning under the weight of all our candy!