December 22, 2009

Holiday Treats: Fudge!

One of my favorite treats this time if year is fudge.  Every year growing up, My Mom would make her Peanut Butter Fudge and it is still my favorite.  I even managed to get the "magical" pan she always made it in... it's not the prettiest pan she had, but for some reason her fudge always turned out perfectly when made in that pan, so I had to have it! 

Now, this year I didn't make My Mom's fudge.  No, I decided to give a new recipe a try after receiving some coupons for Carnation Evaporated Milk.  I was asked if I'd like to try some recipes from their Holiday Houseful Recipe Guide and the recipe for Fudge appealed to me right away because of its simplicity.  I also wanted to see if it would be as good as My Mom's Fudge.

From Family, Friends and Food
This recipe is so simple that you can make fudge for a last minute get-together or to take to that New Year's Eve party next week.  It takes less than 20 minutes to make it, then a couple hours in the fridge before cutting into pieces.  Too easy not to have something like this in your "go to" list of holiday treats.

I added some of the Andes Peppermint Baking Pieces to the top to add a festive touch to the fudge and it added just the right amount of mint flavor, definitely not over-powering at all.  I really did love this fudge and will make it again.  I wouldn't say I love it more than My Mom's but, then the flavors are definitely different due to the addition of peanut butter to the recipe I grew up loving.  Both are wonderful treats, and I love that I now have 2 different types I can make and share at this time of year.

The recipe guide is available by mail or a .PDF download HERE.  There is even a "virtual kitchen" on their website to help you find ways to use their products.  I know I am going to want to try their Party-Perfect Mini Quiches and their Thai-Peanut Ginger Wings... just need to plan a casual get-together so I can share them with friends!


Carnation Famous Fudge
Source:  Carnation Holiday Houseful Recipe Guide

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons butter or margerine
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I left these out)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil.

Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in a medium, heavy-duty saucepan.  Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Boil stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  (DO NOT OVERCOOK!)

Stir in marshmallows, chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla extract.  Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted.  Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.  Lift from pan and cut into 48 pieces. 



Disclosure:  The folks at Carnation provided me with coupons toward free Carnation Evaporated Milk products and their Holiday Houseful Recip Guide (which is available at no charge to anyone interested by visiting their website - link is above). 


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3 comments:

Lynda said...

Yum, I love fudge this time of year! Yours turned out perfect Patsy-I bet your Mom's special pan helped!

Chef E said...

You know I lurk here dear...and this, well I want to reach out and grab a few pieces to keep in my pocket, and then take some just to eat now...beautiful. My mom made fudge and I just have never ventured into that realm...

HoneyB said...

Oh, I would definitely not be able to stop eating this! I need your mom's pan! ;-) Looks great Patsy! Happy Holidays! :-)

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