Fudge is one of those things that is either good or not. I think too many people try to get creative. Creative fudge is, in my opinion, on par with your typical fruitcake. And not a good fruitcake, but I’m talking more the kind that you put outside on the stump of a tree and no one, not even the birds, touches it for over a year. It survives rain, snow, summer heat, and winter cold. And yes… there is a story behind that, and yes, I’ll tell you another time, but for now, just know that bad fudge is like that fruitcake.
Good fudge is simple fudge. Fudge that is no more complex than a simple chocolate bar but with all the creaminess of heaven. Good fudge is my mom’s fudge, and here is the recipe:
- 21 ounces of chocolate bars, broken up. My mom typically uses Hersheys milk chocolate
- 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 ounces of evaporated milk
- 1 cup of butter cut into chunks
- 4 cups of sugar
- 2 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
- 1 tsp. of vanilla
Place the chocolate and the butter in a large bowl or pan. You’ll need lots of room to stir, so make it a big one. In a heavy pan, pour the evaporated milk, sugar, and marshmallows. Heat it on medium-high until everything is melted and starting to boil while stirring constantly. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat and boil for 7 minutes while stirring constantly. If you stop stirring for even a moment, you’ll scorch it, so keep stirring. After 7 minutes, pour the hot mixture over the top of the chocolate and butter. Stir vigorously until everything is melted. Keep stirring until the chocolate loses its shine (you’ll know exactly when that is), and then add and stir in the vanilla. Pour into a pan to set. And just in case you missed it, if you aren’t stirring while making this recipe, you’re doing it wrong. STIR!!!
The recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and you get instant gratification by sitting down with the bowl and a spoon. The fudge is creamy, so throw it in the fridge for an hour prior to cutting to make clean cuts.
And if you really must get creative, go ahead and add nuts or marshmallows when you add the vanilla. But don’t blame me if someone throws it out like a fruitcake!
I did warn you afterall.