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Title: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cmarion3 on January 08, 2016 08:34:15 AM


My mom used to make this, straight from the recipe, but I've changed, mangled and modified over the years to my taste. It's addictive and my go to (along with Christmas Crack) for food gifts, party offerings and just plain ruining people's diets.

No Fail Five Minute Fudge
Note: Adjust the ratio of semi-sweet to dark chocolate chips to your taste. I like 1c. dark to 1/2 cup semi-sweet. Just make sure you have 1 ½ c. chips. You can also make this with Nestles semi-sweet chips…but why would you?

2 tbsp. butter (leave out if you want a harder fudge)
2/3 c. undiluted evaporated milk (small can)
1 c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
Dash Cayenne Pepper

Heat to boiling over med to low heat. Cook for 5 min. stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add:

2 c. small marshmallows
¾ c. Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
¾ c. Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1 t. vanilla (don't forget this or it will taste like chocolate chips)
½ c. chopped pecans or walnuts (opt.)
Coarse salt to sprinkle on top

Stir, stir, stir until all ingredients are melted. Pour into a 9” square buttered pan. Or line the pan with waxed paper only, it's easier to remove from the pan and cut. Sprinkle coarse salt on top. Cool. Cut and eat. Betcha can't eat just one. Pan that is.


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: HSG on January 08, 2016 10:23:51 AM
Drool! What a great recipe. :)


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: MissingWillow on January 08, 2016 01:40:19 PM
How very cool that you add a dash of cayenne pepper!


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cmarion3 on January 08, 2016 03:15:28 PM
I gives it a teeny bit of bite. Most people don't even notice, but it makes it that much better.


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on January 08, 2016 05:55:02 PM
This looks so delicious! (And dangerous.)  ;)


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: yoopidou on January 09, 2016 07:26:08 PM
I see how it would ruin my diet, they look so scrumptious.
Do you know how they would hold in a warm humid weather?


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cmarion3 on January 10, 2016 06:15:10 AM
You might want to leave out the butter, its makes it harder...and eat it faster. I don't really know as I have never made it except in winter.give it a try. Worst case is you'd have to eat it with a spoon. Lol.


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on January 10, 2016 06:46:38 AM
...or just keep it in the fridge!  :D


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: yoopidou on January 10, 2016 06:50:54 PM
I intended to take it hiking, just to feel better about eating it during physical activity. I could put it in a lunch box with ice packs for sure. I can see hiking in my future, it can't be soon enough! :)


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: patty_o_furniture on January 10, 2016 08:34:17 PM
I love the idea of using bittersweet chocolate. Sounds great.


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: I Sew Cute on January 11, 2016 07:26:26 AM
You can never go wrong with fudge!!! Love that you added the hot pepper for kick!


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: HSG on January 16, 2016 04:53:26 PM
Thank you for entering the cooking challenge cmarion3! :) The voting has now closed (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442464.0), and we have our winner.


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cabaute on November 22, 2017 08:38:30 AM
I'm making this right this minute! I hope sweetened condensed milk is right (is there another kind  ???)


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cmarion3 on November 22, 2017 09:00:28 AM
It's actually evaporated milk. The sweetened condensed milk will likely work, but it may turn out too sweet. I will update the recipe. I have it written both ways in several places. Good luck.


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cabaute on November 22, 2017 10:20:41 AM
It's actually evaporated milk. The sweetened condensed milk will likely work, but it may turn out too sweet. I will update the recipe. I have it written both ways in several places. Good luck.

So... DON'T use sweetened condensed milk.  The texture was like gritty thick paste and waaay too sweet.   :-\

I had just enough of everything left (plus a can of evaporated milk in the pantry) to make a batch the right way - night & day difference!
The new & improved one is YUM! :D



Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cabaute on November 22, 2017 11:10:25 AM
I was able to scrounge some Toll-House semisweet chips in the pantry and make another batch so that I'd have the two I'd planned for... I diced some dried cranberries and tossed them in on a whim since I was running short on pecans.  I think they'll be a nice addition!


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on November 22, 2017 11:28:52 AM
These look delicious! I will have to make some for parties this season, thank you for the recipe.
I have a recipe for quick and easy truffles with crushed graham crackers and sweetened condensed milk, the grittiness is fine in those. I'll dig it out and snap some pics for a tutorial next week.
Mmmm, chocolate is the best part of christmas!


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cabaute on November 26, 2017 10:16:04 AM
Update:  the fudge was a huge hit!!!  Definitely going on my go-to make list, a great, easy item to make for potluck, gifts, etc.!


Title: Re: No Fail Fudge - No Holiday Can Happen Without It!
Post by: cmarion3 on November 26, 2017 02:59:49 PM
Thank you.  It's one of my holiday staples. Well, the fudge I manage to give away and not eat!