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Mom’s Fudge

Mom’s Fudge Recipe

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Welcome to a heartwarming recipe that’s been passed down through generations—Mom’s Fudge. This rich, creamy, and decadent treat is perfect for holidays, special occasions, or simply when you need a sweet indulgence. Made with simple ingredients and love, this fudge is sure to become a staple in your home. Follow along to create a batch of this delicious fudge that’s bound to bring smiles and sweet memories.

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Pan:
    • Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it to ensure easy removal of the fudge.
  2. Melt the Butter:
    • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt ¾ cup of unsalted butter.
  3. Combine Sugar and Milk:
    • Stir in 2 ½ cups of granulated sugar and ⅔ cup of evaporated milk. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.
  4. Boil the Mixture:
    • Once the mixture reaches a rolling boil, continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent it from burning. The mixture should thicken slightly.
  5. Add Chocolate Chips:
    • Remove the saucepan from the heat and immediately stir in the 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips until fully melted and smooth.
  6. Incorporate Marshmallow Fluff:
    • Add the 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir until the mixture is well combined and smooth.
  7. Pour into Pan:
    • Quickly pour the fudge mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
  8. Cool and Set:
    • Allow the fudge to cool at room temperature until set. For faster setting, you can place the pan in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
  9. Cut and Serve:
    • Once the fudge is completely set, cut it into squares and serve.

Cooking Notes

  • Butter: Make sure to use unsalted butter to control the saltiness of the fudge.
  • Stirring: Continuous stirring is crucial to prevent the mixture from burning and to ensure a smooth texture.
  • Setting Time: Patience is key. Allowing the fudge to set properly ensures it will hold its shape when cut.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted? A: Yes, but if you do, you may want to reduce or omit any additional salt to avoid an overly salty fudge.

Q: Can I substitute evaporated milk with regular milk? A: Evaporated milk is recommended because it has a thicker consistency that helps in setting the fudge properly. Regular milk may result in a softer fudge.

Q: How should I store the fudge? A: Store the fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Q: Can I freeze the fudge? A: Yes, you can freeze the fudge. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Q: What other add-ins can I include? A: You can add nuts, dried fruits, or even a drizzle of caramel on top before the fudge sets.

Variations

  • Nutty Fudge: Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the fudge mixture before pouring it into the pan.
  • Dark Chocolate Fudge: Substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips for a richer flavor.
  • Peppermint Fudge: Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract along with the vanilla extract for a festive touch.

Keto Version

For a keto-friendly adaptation:

  • Substitute granulated sugar with a keto-approved sweetener like erythritol or monk fruit sweetener.
  • Use sugar-free chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Ensure the marshmallow fluff is sugar-free or make a keto-friendly version.

Low Carb Version

To reduce carbs:

  • Use a low-carb sweetener in place of granulated sugar.
  • Opt for dark chocolate with a higher cocoa content and lower sugar content.
  • Reduce the amount of marshmallow fluff or use a low-carb substitute.

Mom’s Fudge is more than just a dessert; it’s a nostalgic treat that brings comfort and joy. With its creamy texture and rich flavor, it’s no wonder this recipe has stood the test of time. Perfect for gifting, sharing, or simply indulging, this fudge is sure to become a beloved recipe in your collection. Happy cooking and enjoy the sweetness of Mom’s Fudge!

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