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
- 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,
- 1 cup unsalted, dry
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.
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.
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.
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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