Aunt Mary's Christmas Homemade Fudge
Christmas homemade fudge, Mama's fruit cake, black walnut pound cake, country ham, oysters - oh gosh, I can't decide which of these Christmas foods I like the best. Oh well, who cares, let's just have them all.
I love this time of the year â€“ in fact, I love everything about the Christmas season. I enjoy decorating the house with the many festive Christmas decorations. Seeing them is like visiting with old friends; each of the decorations and ornaments has a history of its own. Since I shop all year long for gifts, last minute shopping is no big deal. My downfall is gift-wrapping; it seems I always have just one more thing to wrap at the last minute.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is visiting with family and friends. Having guests in is a real pleasure, and these times are to be treasured.
Oh well, I digress from the point of this article and that is to share one of my favorite recipes with you, Christmas homemade fudge. This recipe came to me from my husband's Aunt Mary. Every year, when she came to Virginia for Christmas, she always brought along a big container of this delicious homemade fudge. Finally, she shared her recipe with me, and I am sharing it with you. I hope you will enjoy this Christmas homemade fudge as much as my family does.
Gather the ingredients to make Christmas Homemade Fudge.
18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits
4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 can evaporated milk, 12 ounce size can
1 stick butter, chopped into chunks
3 tsp. vanilla
2 cups coarsely chopped black walnuts
Combine milk and sugar in a three-quart stainless steel saucepan, and slowly bring it to a boil. Boil for six minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the butter and the chocolate bits, stirring them while they melt.
Add the vanilla and the coarsely chopped black walnuts, stirring well after each addition.
Pour the homemade fudge into an 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 glass dish.
Cool thoroughly before cutting into squares.
This homemade fudge is decadent, and people will believe you purchased it from one of the specialty candy shops. Christmas homemade fudge makes a nice contribution to the teachers' lounge at school or to take with you to work for an afternoon treat. This homemade fudge freezes well, and it is nice having a little stash of homemade fudge just on the other side of the freezer door.
The above recipe makes a large amount of homemade fudge. So, when you need a smaller amount, or you need a major chocolate fix yourself, use the following recipe that I sized down from the original.
Smaller Christmas Homemade Fudge Recipe
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits
3 cups granulated sugar
8 2/3 ounces of evaporated milk
5 1/3 Tbsp. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup coarsely chopped black walnuts.
Follow the directions given above, and pour into a buttered 8 x 8 x 2 glass dish.
If you're looking for additional easy dessert recipes, then check out the following:
Chocolate Four Layer Pudding Dessert
Chocolate Sheet Cake
Pineapple Southern Pound Cake
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