While any day is a good day for fudge, the holiday season is an especially good time to break out our fudge recipe and spruce it up with an assortment of garnishes and decorations.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Directions

  1. Use the butter to grease an 8-inch square pan. Line your pan with parchment paper. Make sure the paper hangs off the sides of the dish; it'll be easier for you to remove the fudge from the pan if it does. Set the pan aside.
  2. Fill a pot with an inch of water. You want enough water to provide heat, but not so much that the heatproof bowl, when placed in the mouth of the pot, will touch the water. Heat the pot over low heat until the water begins to simmer, and then turn off the stove and place the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot.
  3. Put the condensed milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla into the heatproof bowl and stir them with a rubber spatula until they melt. You can also toss in the nuts if you’re using them.
  4. As soon as everything is mixed together, pour the contents into the lined pan.
  5. Smooth everything in the pan and cover with a piece of parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until the mixture is firm.
  6. Once the allotted time has passed and the mixture is firm, cut the fudge into pieces. You can easily remove the fudge from the pan by grabbing the ends of the parchment paper and lifting the squares out.

Supplies

  • 8-inch square pan
  • parchment paper
  • pot
  • heatproof bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • knife

Additional Ways to Melt Chocolate

five squares of fudge with crushed candy canes on them

There are a few different ways to melt chocolate, so if you don't want to use the stove you can easily stick your chocolate chips in the microwave. Place them in a heatproof bowl, and put the bowl in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula.

Make It Festive

Here are some ways to dress up your holiday fudge:

  • Exchange the semisweet chocolate chips for vanilla ones and add a dash of peppermint extract for a recipe that's perfect for any holiday party.
  • Toss in some marshmallows for a sweeter product.
  • Drizzle your fudge with melted white baking chocolate.
  • If you're pressed for time, you can spread some green and red sprinkles over the tops of your squares for the perfect Christmas treat.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is right around the corner, and you'll need a simple dessert to serve to friends and family. Fudge is a quick and delicious treat!

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