Quick and Easy Fudge (a fabulous last minute gift idea!)

This fudge is easy, simple, inexpensive and takes close to no time.  It’s great to give as holiday gifts to teachers, neighbors, family, you name it.  Cook it, put it in a tiny aluminum throw-away loaf container, wrap it with plastic wrap, pop a ribbon on there and you are good to go!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am no Pioneer Woman when it comes to cooking.  I cheat therefore I cook…we’re talking the recipes on the back of labels, frozen delights that I can turn into what seems like gourmet meals, that’s how I do it. Thus why I used to LOVE having a Trader Joes nearby  back on the mainland…I’ve been lost without Traders here on Maui, I tell you…and my family has been hungry!  Joking.

Anyhow, I do cook but only when I find an easy recipe with easy ingredients, usually.

photo courtesy of kraftfoods.com

Here is how this cheater does FUDGE!

Now I must give credit where credit is due…I used to get fudge every year from my sister’s best friend around Christmas time.  It was melt in your mouth goodness.  I asked my sister for the recipe one year and she told me “it’s the one on the back of the Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme jar.”  Really?!  That’s it?!  Right on! And right up this cheating cook’s alley.

So here you go…a quick easy, yummy gift for someone…

Finger Lickin’ Good Fudge
(find this recipe and ideas for yummy additions to make this even better on the Kraft website)

Ingredients…

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)
1-1/2 pkg. (12 squares) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
1 tsp. vanilla

The How to…

LINE 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside. (again, I do the tiny throw away aluminum loaf containers, you can find them at your grocery store – they come 4 to a package I believe.)

Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

ADD chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until completely melted. Add vanilla (or any thing else you’d like, such as nuts, cherries, etc); mix well.

POUR immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into 1-inch squares (if doing the loafs, no cutting is needed). Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Give them out as gifts and be a rock star!

This is not a review/PR/promo post.  Kraft, Jet-Puffed nor The Pioneer Woman paid me to post about them…but I did :)

Comments

  1. fudge is the best sweet ever made and at Christmas even better!
    Its that soft fudgy vanilla centre and home-made tastes way better.

    Buy some for xmas gifts now MMMMMMM!!

  2. I’ve made fudge with a recipe like Maureen’s… it is SO easy, and super delicious! The marshmallow cream recipe sounds like a nice combo too though… makes me think of Rocky Road flavours… I bet it would be yummy with some toasted nuts stirred in too!
    Sheralyn at Paradise Found in Maui´s last blog post ..Dec 20- Update- Starting a Pineapple Plant Indoors

  3. This is the same fudge recipe I use, only chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, peanut butter, whatever) instead of the baker’s chopped. I actually am making this later today.

  4. LOL! Love how that’s everyone’s secret recipe. I’ve NEVER made fudge, but this does sound simple.
    .-= erin´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Sookie Opens Glass Door =-.

  5. This is the BEST! My grandma made fudge every year and would ship it to us in CA. Then she got a little older and decided she wasnt doing it any more..so when asked about her super secret fudge, she said it was on the back of the marshmellow jar. haha.

  6. Cat, aha! The thing is I actually sorta like the graininess…I’m a weirdo :)
    What time/temp do you use?

    Thanks Maureen for the awesome and EASY recipe! That’s my kind ;)

  7. I make fudge a very easy way… You take 3 cups of Chocolate chips, One Can of sweetened condensed milk and a dash of salt. Pour all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 3 minutes until chips are melted. Stir.. add walnuts if you would like.. pour into a 8×8 wax paper lined pan and put in fridge to cool and set up.. slice and enjoy..
    This is so easy and honestly very very yummy!
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Homemade Christmas Gifts. =-.

  8. That’s the exact same fudge recipe my mom and I have used for years except we have adjusted the time and temperature to keep the fudge a bit more soft. At that heat it’s very easy to burn it or you may notices a graininess to the fudge.
    .-= Cat´s last blog ..5 Places to Hide the Christmas Gifts, Do as I Say, Not as I Do =-.

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