On the tenth day…make Christmas Fudge

Earlier, I posted the family clothesline taffy recipe.  This prompted me to remember other holiday family classics like the famous Christmas fudge.  My father-in-law makes this every Christmas and it is addictive.  So, I went to my battered recipe album and pulled out the copy of an old clipping that contains “Velvet Chocolate Fudge.”  Warning:  For your own health, make only one batch a year.

Christmas Fudge

4 1/2 c. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 t. salt
1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 c. butter
1 pkg. (16 oz.) regular marshmallows
1 pkg. (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 milk chocolate candy bar (8 oz.), broken up
2 t. vanilla
2 cups chopped nuts

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in heavy 5-quart kettle.  Stir in evaporated milk and butter.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a rolling boil.  Boil 8 minutes, stirring frequently.  (Make sure it comes to a good rolling boil first, then time it for 8 minutes or it will not set right.)  Remove from heat.  Stir in marshmallows, semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate bar and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into buttered 10 X 15 inch pan.  Cool and cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.  Makes about 8 dozen pieces.

This is a classic, old fudge recipe.  It is so rich that one batch goes a long way!  And, even if it doesn’t set correctly, just give everyone a spoon.  It still tastes great.

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