I may or may not have eaten fudge with my breakfast this morning. And yesterday. And with my lunch. I am not ashamed. I finally whipped up a batch of my mom and Grandmother's famous Million Dollar fudge early enough in the season to share the fudge recipe with all of you before Christmas. It's about time! I've only been trying to do it for the last four years. This recipe is seriously to die for.
Why is it called Million Dollar Fudge? I have no idea. I'm guessing it's because it's so good that the secret recipe is worth millions. Well, guess what? You get the fudge recipe for free. Lucky! On this recipe in my Grandmother's file, she wrote: "The best candy ever invented." I think I agree.
Million Dollar Fudge Recipe
Have these ready ahead in a large bowl before you prepare the syrup:
- 2 cups nuts (optional, but super yummy!)
- ½ lb mini marshmallows
- 1 12 oz pkg semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 lb milk chocolate, broken into chunks (I use Hershey bars)
- 4 ½ cups sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 stick of butter (½ cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Place the nuts, marshmallows, chocolate chips and milk chocolate in a large bowl. Line a large casserole dish with aluminum foil. Set both aside for later. (See above.)
In a small saucepan, cook the syrup ingredients together over medium to high heat. (As long as you stir constantly, you can use a higher heat.) Stir constantly. When syrup comes to a rolling boil, cook exactly five minutes more (still stirring constantly). Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter has completely melted. Pour hot syrup over the mixture you have set aside in the bowl. Stir until all the chocolate and marshmallows have melted. Pour into your foil-lined pan to set up.
Because I once made fudge soup as a teenager, I'll give you some extra tips about the syrup. Depending on your stove, it may take a very long time for your syrup to boil. Don't start timing five minutes until your syrup is vigorously boiling. Little bubbles at the edges of the pan don't count. When the syrup is really boiling, it will look foamy. If you start the timer too early, your fudge will not set up, and you will end up with delicious chocolate sludge. Yummy, but very messy!
The syrup should reach the soft ball stage before it is finished cooking. To test that, put a cup of ice cold water near your cooking area. When you think the syrup is done, drizzle some syrup into the cup. If you can reach in and form the syrup into a soft ball, the syrup is ready. If the syrup falls apart, it's not ready.
My family members (except for me and one very wise child who understands what is yummy) are not nut fans. My batch only had a few nuts. I highly suggest adding lots of nuts. (Any kind you want.) Don't skimp on the nuts! They're delicious.
What is your favorite fudge recipe? Are you a purist (you like yours plain), or do you fill your fudge with all sorts of goodies? Do you have a special holiday recipe that's been passed down in your family?
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