Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without fudge. Homemade Fudge is a classic Christmas treat. Making and eating fudge during the holidays creates wonderful memories. Eating chocolate smells good, tastes good, and feels so decadent while melting on your tongue. The best fudge is chocolatey, sweet, and creamy. Fudge is absolutely an irresistible treat.
Everyone has his or her own recipe and there are many varieties and flavors. The best tasting fudge is made from old fashioned, simple ingredients. Old fashioned fudge recipes are inexpensive to prepare but can be a tricky process. But, if you get it right, old fashioned fudge can be a rich, heavenly treat. There are many simpler, easier recipes for fudge that are very tasty too. Beware, fudge is ever so addictive!
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla.
Combine sugar, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
Place a candy thermometer in the pan and cook until the temperature reaches 238 degrees F (114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat.
Pour into a 8×8 greased pan and cool. Cut into 60 pieces. (36 calories per serving)
I like to try a new fudge recipe every year. This year I chose Sugar Cookie Fudge. It is an easy recipe and very easy to prepare. It is delicious!
2 cups sugar cookie mix
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup International Delight Sugar Cookie Creamer
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sprinkles
1. Line an 8×8 in baking pan with parchment paper or foil.
2. In a large microwave safe bowl mix together sugar cookie mix and powder sugar.
3. Cut butter into cubes and sprinkle over the top of the mixture. Add creamer, but do not stir.
4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and mix together. Add white chocolate chips and vanilla. Mix until chocolate is melted and smooth.
5. Pour into prepared pan, and immediately top with sprinkles. Press down gently.
6. Place in refrigerator until completely set.
7. Cut into 1 inch squares to serve.
My mother-in law’s fudge was loved by everyone. Every year she made about 20 pounds of this delicious candy to give to her friends and family.
Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups granulated sugar
½ evaporated milk
½ cup margarine
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook sugar, milk, margarine, peanut butter, and vanilla over medium heat until mixture boils. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add marshmallows and oatmeal. Mix until well blended and pour onto butter 13×9 inch cookie sheet. Cool and cut into squares. You can sprinkle chocolate chips on top right before cooling and spread to make a chocolate frosting. You can also add ½ cup nuts or coconut with the oatmeal for a different flavor
1 – 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Butter a square pan and line with parchment paper for easy removal of set fudge. Set aside.
In a microwave safe 2 quart bowl, heat chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk, on high for 1 minute. Remove from microwave. Let sit for 1 minute, then stir to combine. If needed, heat an additional 30 seconds. Stir until chips are completely melted and chocolate is smooth.
Stir in vanilla extract. Pour fudge into prepared pan. Let fudge cool completely before cutting into 1 inch squares. (you can place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to speed up the process.)
Store in an airtight container.
Fudge is a versatile treat that can be enjoyed any time of the year. White chocolate or vanilla fudge can be tinted different colors for holidays, birthdays and weddings. Candies, liquors, and fruit can be added to decorate fudge for the holidays. Make Valentine’s Day fudge with pink frosting or with the addition of pink hearts. St. Patrick’s Day fudge can be tinted green and made with Bailey’s Irish Crea. Tint white fudge with pastel food coloring and add Easter candies. Giving homemade fudge as a gift is more personal than buying chocolates. Dress it up with nuts and candy pieces and place it in a pretty container or plate.
If you love fudge, browse this collection of 100 different fudge recipes: Oh, Fudge!
Bon appetit! Merry Christmas!