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What did we celebrate yesterday?

June 17, 2013

I know, I know . . . yesterday was Fathers Day and I mentioned that, but it was also  . . .

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Here is a story that ran on NPR about the holiday.

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, making fudge was a frequent activity for my friends and me.   I remember making fudge one rainy afternoon with my best friend.  We reached the point in the recipe where we were supposed to beat the fudge by hand until it was thick and smooth.  We decided that it would be much easier to bring some external power to the process and wound up burning out the motor to her mother’s mixer.  Oops.

I have not made fudge for years, but the last time I did, I turned to this tried and true and easy recipe from Eagle Brand:

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Foolproof Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (18 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cups chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • LINE 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.
  • MELT chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt in heavy saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  • CHILL 2 hours or until firm. Remove from pan by lifting edges of foil. Cut into squares.
  • MICROWAVE METHOD
  • COMBINE chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt in 1-quart glass measure. Cook on HIGH (100% power) 3 minutes or until chips are melted, stirring after 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Proceed as above.
  • VARIATIONS
  • CREAMY DARK CHOCOLATE FUDGE: MELT 2 cups miniature marshmallows with chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Proceed as above.
  • MILK CHOCOLATE FUDGE: OMIT 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Add 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Proceed as above.
  • CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHIP GLAZED FUDGE: FOLLOW above recipe using 3/4 cup peanut butter chips instead of nuts. For glaze, melt 1/2 cup peanut butter chips with 1/2 cup heavy cream. Stir until thick and smooth. Spread over chilled fudge.
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