I’m taking a break from politics to enjoy the season with family and decorations and cookie baking and candy making and everything else that goes with the holidays. Today I made the first batch of fudge and thought I’d share it for anyone who wants to make their own. It’s one of the easiest of the candies I make. The recipe was passed along to me by a dear, dear friend many years ago and, though she is no longer with us, I think of her when making this fudge every Christmas.
Here’s what you’ll need: 3 12-ounce packages chocolate chips; 1/2 pound butter, softened (2 sticks); 3 Tablespoons vanilla; 4 1/2 cups sugar; 1 13-oz can evaporated milk. The complete recipe is at the end of this post. Here are step-by-step photos from today.
Remove from stove and pour over chocolate chips, stirring until chips and butter are melted and well mixed.
3 12-ounce packages chocolate chips
1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
3 Tablespoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 13-ounce can evaporated milk
In a large bowl, put chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla, and set aside. In large saucepan, combine sugar and evaporated milk. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from stove and pour over chocolate chips. Stir until chips and butter are melted and well mixed. Pour into lightly greased pan and let it set 5-6 hours. Cut into squares.
Yield: 5 pounds
Options: Add 2 cups chopped pecans, maraschino cherries, or both.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell