Easy Chocolate Fudge

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Enjoy the original version of this easy-to-make creamy chocolate fudge, or customize the basic recipe to meet your preferences: buzz-worthy espresso, crunchy peanut butter, or raucous rocky road.

Easy Chocolate Fudge
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
96
Yield:
5 pounds

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cup sugar

  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk (1 1/2 cups)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 16 ounce bar milk chocolate, chopped

  • 1 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces (2 cups)

  • 1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of pan. Butter foil; set aside.

  2. Butter the sides of a 3-quart heavy saucepan. In the saucepan combine sugar, evaporated milk, and salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to boiling. Reduce heat to medium; continue cooking and stirring for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Add milk chocolate, chocolate pieces, marshmallow creme, nuts (if desired), and vanilla. Stir until chocolates melt and mixture is combined. Using a wooden spoon beat for 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture starts to become thicker.

  4. Immediately pour fudge into prepared pan; shake pan gently to spread fudge to edges of pan. Cover; chill for 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

  5. When fudge is firm, use foil to remove it from pan. Cut into squares. Place fudge in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or chill for up to 1 month.

Tips

To toast nuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until light brown, watching carefully and stirring once or twice.

Easy Mocha Fudge:

Prepare Easy Chocolate Fudge as directed, except stir 2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder or instant coffee crystals into the mixture with the vanilla.Nutrition Facts per piece: 90 cal., 3 g fat (2 g sat. fat), 2 mg chol., 22 mg sodium, 16 g carb., 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.

Easy Rocky Road Fudge:

Prepare Easy Chocolate Fudge as directed, except after spreading fudge in pan, sprinkle top with 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces, 1 cup tiny marshmallows, and 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts.* Press mixture lightly into fudge. Chill as directed.Nutrition Facts per piece: 105 cal., 4 g fat (2 g sat. fat), 2 mg chol., 23 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.

Easy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge:

Prepare Easy Chocolate Fudge as directed, except stir 1/2 cup peanut butter into mixture in saucepan before bringing to boiling and substitute 1 cup chopped peanuts for the walnuts.Nutrition Facts per piece: 107 cal., 4 g fat (2 g sat. fat), 2 mg chol., 29 mg sodium, 17 g carb., 1 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

90 Calories
3g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 96
Calories 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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