Picture this: It’s the last weekend before Christmas and you’ve realized that not only are you very much NOT ready. You still haven’t shopped for everybody on your list. And you forgot about your kid’s teachers, that nice neighbour who always shovels your sidewalk, and your favourite co-worker who makes going to work more bearable. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Ever since I first made this fudge recipe years ago, I’ve enjoyed making a few batches into a really nice gift. The first time I tried this, I made and froze a batch a day for five days and it turned out really nice! You don’t have to make five batches of fudge, just pick the ones you think your friends will like.
Grab your fudge ingredients and get started!
You will need:
- Small tins to gift the fudge or ribbon to tie around it
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk or the homemade version below
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 2/3 c white sugar
- 1/3 c water
- 1/4 c butter
- Dash of salt
- 1.5 tsp vanilla
Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir, and microwave for increments of 30 seconds until mostly melted. Stir until the last of the chocolate chips have melted. (If you go past that point in the microwave your chocolate will burn. Melting over a pot of water is a much safer method, but I am way too impatient.)
Blend the ingredients for the homemade sweetened condensed milk very well. You can melt your butter and use boiling water to help dissolve the sugar and prevent graininess.
Mix together and put into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Even out and put your mix-ins on top. Press down with a spatula.
Put in the fridge for two hours to set. When set, remove the parchment paper and cut to the desired size. The ingredients are for one batch of fudge, so double or quintuple accordingly.
Extra ingredients for the flavours I made:
Chocolate: the basic recipe spiced up with pretty Christmas sprinkles
Chocolate Snowstorm: white chocolate for drizzling, snowflake sprinkles
White Chocolate Candy Cane: 8 crushed candy canes, layered on top
White Chocolate Cranberry Almond: dried cranberries & slivered almonds (1/4 cup of each in the fudge and 1/4 cup each on top for decoration)
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel: 10 caramel squares melted with 1 tbsp butter, kosher or pickling salt
Try these tips for the best results
Now that I’ve made this recipe hundreds of times, I have some definite opinions on how to get the best results.
First, the fudge actually tastes better if you make the homemade sweetened condensed milk, and is a lot cheaper!
Second, your fudge will only taste as good as the quality of the chocolate you use. I used melting chocolate (not chocolate chips or squares) and while it was cheaper and easier to use, it did not taste quite as good as the batch I used brand-name chocolate chips.
I recommend using the melting chocolate for any batches with white chocolate. I found that the brand name white chocolate was harder to work with.
Third, don’t try to mix two or more colours of chocolate. I thought it would be easy, but it wasn’t with this recipe. I put in a little bit of oil and made it work, but it changed the consistency of the fudge and I didn’t like it as much. If you’re curious, I did it in the candy cane batch. I tried to add red and green to the white but it just looks messy. Next time I’ll use just white chocolate.
Quick and Easy: Done in 30 minutes
The recipe takes 30 minutes to make from start to finishing the dishes. I was able to make one batch every day, pop it in the fridge, and cut and wrap the pieces later when I had 5 minutes.
You could easily make 3 batches at home over the course of a day if you needed to. If you have more than one 8×8 pan, lucky you! I may look like the crazy fudge lady (if you open my freezer on any given day during the holidays, you might see 40 or so individually wrapped chunks of fudge), but I have all my little Christmas presents taken care of.
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