Monday, December 16, 2013

Milk Chocolate Fudge & Peanut Butter Fudge

Even if you’ve never made candy before, give this easy Milk Chocolate or Peanut Butter Fudge recipe a try! This recipe is foolproof and turns out perfectly every time.
The holidays just aren't the holidays without the addition of a Christmas Candy Tray. I love making homemade candies and have been making them for years. It all started when oldest son was in grade school and back when money was a little tighter.  
The kids and I love giving holiday gifts for their teachers throughout the year, but it can get expensive. Instead of buying gifts I started baking some of my favorite tasty treats for everyone to enjoy. About a month before the holidays I start baking cookies and making candy to give to everyone that has touched us in special way. 

My kids teachers, my husbands boss, co workers, family, friends, neighbors, our mailman,  and even our family doctor. Baked goods and candy are are easy to make and such an affordable gift idea. Today I want to share a few homemade candy ideas that won't break the bank and are certain to deliver holiday cheer to everyone. 

The first treat is Milk Chocolate Fudge. You can't have Christmas without homemade fudge and this recipe is the best foolproof fudge recipe I have found. I have made several fudge recipes and always come back to this one because it turns out perfect every time. 

I found this recipe on the Carnation website and it's made with evaporated milk, chocolate chips, butter, sugar, salt, marshmallows and vanilla. That's it just 7 pantry staple ingredients. 
You can also substitute the milk chocolate chips with peanut butter, dark chocolate or butterscotch chips. 

My husbands favorite is Peanut Butter Fudge, so I always make a batch of each to please everyone. I found the little Christmas Tree Tray in the holiday baking isle for .97 to place all my homemade candies on.  Just wrap the tray with plastic wrap, add a bow and a gift tag and your done. Homemade Candy Trays are always perfect last minute gifts. 

Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fudge

1 3/4 - cups regular granulated sugar
2/3 - cups evaporated milk
4 - tablespoons butter
1/4 - teaspoon salt
2 1/2 - cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 - cups milk chocolate chips or peanut butter chips
2 - teaspoons vanilla extract
chopped nuts, optional
parchment paper or foil
Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil or waxed paper. Lightly butter the foil or paper and set aside. 

Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium saucepan; bring to rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil mixture for 4 minutes exactly. 

Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, milk chocolate chips, vanilla and nuts (if desired) until marshmallows and chocolate melt and blend. 

Pour into prepared pan. Chill until set 2 - 4 hours  and then cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) squares. Store in refrigerator in sealed container.

Cook's Note: To make peanut butter fudge substitute the same amount of peanut butter chips called for in the recipe. 

adapted from: Carnation


Colleen said... #

thanks for sharing your recipes.
Everything on your trays looks so yummy.
I'm going have to check and see if our Walmart has them flavored candy melts.
Thank you

Diane167 said... #

Do you have a tip for making these without a food processor?