The holiday season is upon us, and every year the thing I crave more than anything else is F U D G E (well, and eggnog, but that’s another post).
I use the same recipe every year, because well, why change a perfect thing?
Taste of Home’s Two-Tone Fudge is divine and I promise it comes out perfect every time, even without a candy thermometer!
1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup Chopped Walnuts (if you want ’em; I, personally, do not)
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
First, line a 9-inch square pan with foil and butter the foil with about 1-1/2 teaspoons of butter.
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, milk and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a rapid boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. **This is the most important step in the recipe. Set your kitchen timer for 5 minutes and don’t step away from the the pot for any reason. (Instagram can wait.) Stir like crazy.**
Reduce heat to low; stir in the marshmallow creme until smooth and blended.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour 2-1/2 cups into a large bowl; stir in chocolate chips and walnuts (if you want ’em) until chips are melted. Pour into the prepared, square pan.
Add the butterscotch chips to the remaining marshmallow mixture; stir until chips are melted. Pour over the chocolate layer and gently spread to cover. Refrigerate until firm.
Using foil, remove fudge from pan; carefully peel off foil. Cut into glorious, smooth and creamy squares and DIG IN.
You can cut the fudge into small 1-inch squares or sometimes, I cut the whole pan into 4 quarters and package them as gifts for teachers, neighbors, etc. I like to wrap it up in wax paper and add decorative ribbon, greens, and berries to spruce it up.
As long as you follow the directions precisely, especially the timing on the boiling, you, too, can get foolproof fudge for the holidays. Without a candy thermometer. Every time. Promise.