MAY 1999

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Rocky Road Fudge

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Rocky Road Fudge

Tips: A great recipe for kids (with parental assistance) or kitchen novices, this fudge is quick and easy. It can be made on top of the stove or in the microwave. You can also tailor it to suit your preferences: use walnuts or pecans instead of peanuts; use all semisweet chocolate instead of half milk chocolate; omit the marshmallows and add 1 to 1-1/2 tsp. of pure peppermint extract for chocolate mint fudge; the list of possibilities is endless! This would be a nice gift to Mom from the kids on Mother's Day, too...

  • 9 ozs. semisweet chocolate, chopped or as good-quality chips
  • 9 ozs. thin milk chocolate bars, broken up (or use good-quality chips)
  • 1 can (14 to 15 ozs.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pats
  • Few grains salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup soft, fresh, miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts

Line an 8-inch square baking pan (at least 1-1/2" deep) with heavy-duty aluminum foil (or use two sheets of regular aluminum foil), shiny side up, smoothing out as many creases as possible. Set aside.

In large heatproof bowl, combine chocolates, condensed milk, butter, and salt. Place over simmering water on low heat (water should not touch bottom of bowl). With large spoon, stir often until melted and smooth. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Mixture will be quite thick. Remove from heat and hot water.

Stir in vanilla thoroughly. Working quickly, stir in marshmallows and peanuts just until evenly distributed. Turn into prepared pan and quickly spread level. Cool slightly, then chill at least 4 hours.

With large, sharp, heavy, straight-edged knife, cut into 36 squares. Rinse knife blade under hot water and dry frequently. Wrap cut squares individually in plastic wrap to help keep them from drying out. Store in refrigerator. Serve cold or allow to come to room temperature before eating.

36 squares

To make this in the microwave: Use a large microwaveable bowl. Combine chocolates, condensed milk, butter, and salt in bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) power for 1-1/2 minutes. Stir very thoroughly (for about 1 minute). Continue to microwave for short intervals at medium (50%) power, stirring very well after each, just until mixture is melted and smooth. Proceed as above.

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