Fabulous Make-Ahead Holiday Fudge

Food & Party 14

fudgeIn my opinion, homemade holiday gifts are the best kind. Particularly if they're edible, and especially if they're chocolate. Nothing would make me happier than to get a gift-wrapped box of homemade fudge as a Christmas present. (Actually, who am I kidding? You don't have to gift-wrap it. Put the fudge in a zip-lock bag for all I care. It's fudge!!)

Anyway, another great thing about giving fudge as a gift is that it stays fresh longer than cookies or most other treats (with the exception of fruitcake, but who wants that??). If properly wrapped, fudge will keep for up to two weeks.

This fudge recipe from Martha Stewart is much easier than most because it doesn't require a candy thermometer. So even the kids can help out!

I can't wait to receive give this fudge as a gift ...

Martha Stewart's Foolproof Holiday Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups semisweet or white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Directions

  1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with two sheets of waxed or parchment paper in a crisscross manner (one lengthwise, one crosswise) so ends overhang sides of pan; coat evenly with cooking spray.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, cook sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows, stirring, until butter and marshmallows are almost melted, 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chips and vanilla; stir until chips are melted. Pour mixture into lined pan.
  4. Let fudge cool in the pan at room temperature, 3 hours. Use edges of paper to lift out fudge; place on cutting board and remove paper. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, or cut fudge into bars. Sprinkle evenly with crushed candy.

 

Image via Eldriva/Flickr

candy, christmas, cooking with kids, desserts, holiday gifts

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lalas... lalasmama2007

I want to try making fudge this year!  thanks!

music... musicmom08

Yes, I agree that homemade holiday gifts are the best and espeically food.   :-)

RanaA... RanaAurora

Can you do this without the peppermint? Not that I don't think that would be good, but I'm kind of a purist. :)

RanaA... RanaAurora

Scratch that. I'm an idiot. Just reread the recipe. Yes, Christie, if it's just a topping, you don't have to add it.
Ignore me. I need more coffee this morning.

jessi... jessicasmom1

Thank you sounds great!

allth... allthatjazz251

I am so making this! Thank you!

Coburn Coburn

I may try this, but just dont like when there are marshmallows in it.

Renee Pearman

Two cups of sugar, marshmallows and white choc. chips....egads, makes my teeth hurt just to think about it. HOWEVER, I will try this, I did not care for the Marshmallow jar recipe that many swear by...this one doesn't sound very 'fudgy' I may replace some of the semi sweet choc. with a tad bit unsweetened.
If you intend to use the peppermint
topping, wouldn't it work better to add that while the fudge is still warm...if it's all cooled, won't the candy bounce right off the top???

nonmember avatar le monde poulet

This recipe is not new. It first made the rounds in the 60s, except the instrctions were not so silly--"In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, cook sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows, stirring, until butter and marshmallows are almost melted, 5 to 6 minutes.
Bring mixture to a boil..." Why would we need to cook something until the butter is almost melted and then bring it to a boil and cook it for 5 more minutes? "Bring the ingredients to a boil and cook for 10 minutes" is so much more simple, isn't it, Martha?

Caitlin Woodward

Try the recipe for "fudge that can take over the world" on southernplate.com...much better than this one for sure. You can always add stuff to it or swap out chocolate chips for peanut butter or whatever you want.

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