Christmas is the season for lots of sweet treats, especially FUDGE. I’ve never made fudge and was actually pretty intimidated to even try. Fudge is one of my most favorite treats and I had one of the best ones I’d ever eaten earlier this year so making it myself… from scratch… seemed impossible. I quickly learned that it was very possible and actually really simple.
While researching recipes I had an idea to use three different chocolates to offset some of the sweetness. The fudge turned out great and tasted exactly like I’d hoped it would. The fudge takes less than 10 minutes to make and 2 hours to set. Your family, friends and even Santa are sure to enjoy this tasty treat on Christmas Day.
1 cup dark chocolate (45% cacao) (chopped)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate (55% cacao) (chopped)
1 cup bitter sweet chocolate (65% cacao) (chopped)
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Line 8 or 9 inch pan with parchment paper
Melt all ingredients on medium/low heat in medium saucepan
Stir until smooth
Pour into prepared pan
Refrigerate for 2 hours
Cut into squares and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks and a few Don’ts that I did
Play with the flavors. My kids and I really like dark chocolate so I wanted to have it in this fudge. If dark isn’t your thing feel free to skip and add more bitter or semi sweet.
Don’t get impatient. Fudge needs time to set. The 2 hours is a minimum. I got a little antsy and cut into mine before 2 hours and it was too soft. The fudge was still delicious, but it needed more time in the fridge.
Chopping the chocolate is really important. You can skip it, but it will take your fudge longer to melt and I think it helps achieve the smooth consistency you want for fudge.
Don’t stop stirring. I repeat, whatever you do, do not stop stirring. Chocolate burns really really fast. It takes less than 5 minutes for everything to come together and the last thing you want is burnt fudge. YUCK!
Speaking of stirring, use a rubber spatula and don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the pan while stirring.
Pack it in treat bags and share with your friends and family. You can also freeze to share later.
You CAN eat the entire pan yourself too. It’s Christmas after all!!
Merry Christmas and Enjoy!