I love the stuff in all variations. When I was growing up and the craving for something sweet hit, my mom would head to the kitchen to make a batch of her Peanut Butter Fudge. I loved to see her pour the fudge out on her buttered platter. Seldom would I want to wait for it to harden up before I started eating it.
When my dad was away from home working and it was just the two of us on a cold winter's night, we would sometimes snuggle up with a platter of her fudge. We would each have a spoon and while it was still soft, she would start at one end and I would start at the other. Yum! That is still the way I prefer to eat her fudge.
Every year at Christmas since I have been an adult, I have made fudge. Not my mom's peanut butter fudge recipe for that one belongs to her. For years I made Fantasy Fudge.....you know the recipe consisting of chocolate chips and Marshmallow Fluff? I always used milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet ones because I loved the way it tasted.
A few years ago, I discovered the bags of Andes Mint Chips and replaced the milk chocolate chips with those. Amazing! I could make literally myself sick on the stuff.
Today, as I was trying to get myself in the spirit of making some Christmas treats, I hauled out the "Baking Pantry" box that had yet to be unpacked and found a can of Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk. I happened to turn it around and found an intriguing recipe for fudge. It looked so simple and I had everything for it.
3 cups (18 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Hershey's Special Dark Chips)
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Fat-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract (I used Mexican Vanilla)
(I added a handful or so of sweetened coconut)
In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Spread evenly into wax paper lined 8- or 9- inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator. Makes about 2 lbs.
It is, by far, the easiest fudge that I've ever made and is absolutely delicious. It tastes like a Mounds candy bar. I am sure you could vary this recipe any way that you wanted to by changing up the chips and the additions. This is definitely a keeper and a recipe that I will enjoy experimenting with for many years to come.
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