Holiday Memories and Traditions post by the fabulous Michelle from One Ordinary Day.
When Destri asked me to think of one of my most vivid holiday memories, it took me about half a second to think about my mom and her fudge recipe. There has just never been a time I can remember when this fudge wasn’t a part of our holidays. In fact, we lovingly refer to the pot she cooks it in as the “fudge pot,” no matter what it’s being used for on any given day.
When Jim and I first got married, we decided that we would carry on Mom’s tradition and start making fudge to give to our friends as gifts. Ha! We were pretty inexperienced in the kitchen, and when it came to making candy, we were totally out of our element. My mom can practically tell when the fudge is done cooking just by looking at it, or by dropping a bit into a cup of cold water. We never could get that right and called her in the midst of our candy-making attempts more times than I can count. We also ended up with a lot of batches of fudge sauce instead of fudge. I finally gave in and bought a candy thermometer, and I’m happy to say I can make a perfect batch of my mom’s fudge now. And when we pass it out during the holidays, we get the same reactions from people that my mom does – lots of oohs and ahhs and recipe requests.
This really is delicious fudge, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my mom’s recipe. It’s completely spoiled me for other fudge, because none will ever taste quite as good. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Recipe: My Mom’s Famous Fudge or Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Marshmallow Fudge
1 stick of unsalted butter
3 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt (We’re talking the three-finger pinch here.)
pinch of flour
pinch (drizzle) of light corn syrup
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. water
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. marshmallow fluff
1 c. chopped walnuts, optional (These aren’t really optional in my opinion, but my sister can’t eat walnuts, so there are always some batches made without.)
(Can be frozen too!)
For more delicious inspiration be sure to check out One Ordinary Day, and don’t miss the Chocolate Mint Quick Fudge, it looks to die for!
Linked to Beauty and Bedlams Tasty Tuesday.