Libby's Famous Fudge

Saturday, 10 December 2016

 

'This the season to enjoy the sweeter things in life. Or, at least that's what I tell myself while I stuff myself with cookies, cakes, and candy in the spirit of Christmas. Sadly, my waist-line doesn't really agree with my logic. Nonetheless, I find myself baking and making treats throughout most of December.

Last year, I decided to try my hand at my mom's famous fudge. My mom tells me every year how people all over town beg her to make them fudge at Christmas, so I figured if I could pull it off (it isn't always easy or possible to recreate American recipes in the UK thanks to differences in basic ingredients), it would be a good way to get all of the teachers' Christmas presents done in one go. Between my two kids, I have 7 teachers to treat!



Surprisingly, I found the fudge to be really easy to make. It takes less time than you would think (probably about 20 minutes including prep) and doesn't make a huge mess, which is great because I may love cooking, but I hate cleaning.

My mom always makes plain milk chocolate fudge and rocky road with pecans and marshmallows, so I made these first and they came out perfect. And because I love candy canes, I thought I'd try white chocolate with peppermint and crushed candy canes-- that one may just be my favourite. As for my family-- Libby's Famous Fudge barely makes it through the weekend. I have to hide the boxes set out for gifts!

Fast forward to this year and people have already begun to ask me if I will be making fudge this year, but I was one step ahead of them! Last night I finished cutting 6 batches of fudge-- plain, rocky road, candy cane, and peanut butter (a new addition for this year)-- and separating them into containers ready to be handed out as gifts.

If you'd like to try your hand at Libby's Famous Fudge this year, for teachers gifts or just as a treat for yourself or your family, have a look at the recipe below.


Libby's Famous Fudge


397g Sweetened Condensed Milk
600g Cooking Chocolate (milk, white, or dark)
1/2 t Vanilla

1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a sauce pan. 
2. Add the canned milk.
3. Heat over low heat, stirring continuously, until all of the chocolate is melted.
4. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and any other optional ingredients (see below), still stirring.
5. Continue to stir the fudge away from the heat until it begins to lose its glossy appearance and thickens significantly.
6. Pour into a square cake pan lined with parchment paper and smooth out to fill the pan and be of uniform thickness.
7. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight to set.
8. Once set, cut into bite sized pieces. Keep refrigerated or somewhere cool and dry.

Optional Ingredients:

Rocky Road: 1c chopped pecans & 1c mini marshmallows
Candy Cane: Peppermint essence instead of vanilla; add 1/2c crushed candy canes and sprinkle some on the top once in the pan
Peanut Butter: Once in pan, swirl melted peanut butter (warm in the microwave) over the top.

Next, I think I will try dark chocolate and dried cherries and mini marshmallows. That sounds yummy...

Let me know if you make Libby's Famous Fudge this year and if you try any other variations!

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