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Want Fudge? No Worries!
Craving sweets and you want them now? You can be savoring it in less than half an hour.
This easy, quick fudge recipe uses only five ingredients and one burner of a stovetop.
The hardest part is stirring non-stop for three minutes.
You can even put your kids to work learning their way around the kitchen. They get to explore cooking with this fast dessert—and you get to share the tasty rewards for being smart enough to have the supplies on hand.
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48 pieces (1 inch x 1.6 inches)
For the fudge:
- 12 ounces (340 g) semi-sweet real chocolate chips (use real chocolate, not imitation flavor)
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) marshmallow cream
- 2 cups (400 g) white sugar
- 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup (190 mL) canned evaporated milk
- 1 cup (250 mL) chopped walnuts, chop to your size preference
To grease the pan:
- about 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil (or butter or margarine)
Ingredients: Photo Guide
- Large soup pot or saucepan, at least 3-quart capacity
- Liquid measuring cup
- Dry ingredient measuring cups
- Tablespoon measure
- Large spoon for stirring
- Spatula or long-handled spoons
- Cutting board and knife
- Timer or watch
- Heatproof serving dish about 8 x 8 inches or equivalent
Equipment: Photo Guide
- Wash your hands. Assemble and measure all ingredients. Chop walnuts to desired size.
- Grease the 8 x 8 pan with a little vegetable oil.
- Put evaporated milk and sugar into the saucepan and stir to mix. Put on stove burner at medium-high and stir constantly.
- Add the liquid vegetable oil to the mixture on the stove and stir in. Stir while it boils for 3 minutes. If the boiling bubbles rise near the top of the saucepan, turn down the heat level slightly. Boiling over a sugar mixture is NOT something you want to experience!
- Turn off the heat and move pan away from the burner onto a heat-proof place. (This could be a cold burner or on a hot pad on the counter.) Add the marshmallow cream and continue to stir constantly. This may take a little more muscle to get it evenly mixed.
- Add the chocolate chips and walnut pieces and stir to mix. This will take harder stirring.
- Pour into the 8 x 8 serving pan. Allow to cool.
Instructions: Photo Guide
How to Store Fudge
This is a silly question if your family is like mine! This dessert will be gone before bedtime!
But, just in case, please know that this fudge keeps well so it can be on hand for days. It is a great food gift which can be made days ahead. Keep it in the refrigerator or covered and out if the room is around 65 degrees F or cooler.
If your home is very humid or warmer than 65 degrees, store the fudge in the refrigerator. This will make it firmer.
A "Three Musketeers" Candy Bar Variation
If you would like something lighter and fluffier with less intense chocolate flavor, similar to a Three Musketeers (TM) candy bar, use 1 whole cup of marshmallow fluff in the recipe, instead of 1/2 cup.
© 2012 Maren Elizabeth Morgan