Fabulous fudge

*Bling not required

*Bling not required

One of the things I love about the holidays is everyone’s renewed desire to create. They create gifts, they create wonderful recipes and they create family time.

My two littlest have decided recently that they wanted to start helping me cook. They have wanted to for a while, but never really had the staying power or the desire to REALLY listen to the directions. Miss M (my 6 year old) asked if she could help me make fudge. My response this time… Sure! Why not?!

Now, if you have ever attempted to make fudge, you know that a true candy making recipe can be quite difficult and time consuming. Well, that is not how I roll. After all, I have failed making “Never Fail Fudge.” Seriously. It was soup after a full day in the fridge and even some freezer time if I remember correctly.

The recipe I share here however, is so simple and easy that even my little miss can do it! (With adult supervision and some assistance of course.).

So, without further ado…

Simple and Yummy Fudge:

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with foil.

Pour chips and sweetened condensed milk in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Warm over lowest possible heat, stirring until chips are melted and consistency is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract and add walnuts if desired.

Spread mixture evenly into prepared baking pan.
Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut and enjoy!

Substitutions: try dark chocolate or peanut butter chips instead of semi-sweet for a different yummy fudge!

*FAIL!  So, after telling my daughter that it was important to read and follow instructions, I blasted ahead and put all the ingredients in at once.  Oops!  The good news is, this recipe is so forgiving that it didn’t matter!  It took a tad longer for the fudge to set, but that was about it.  Whew!

 If you would like a recipe card for this, you can hop over to www.happytocreate.com and check out their 12 days of Christmas recipes.  I have grabbed them all… they look soooooooooooo yummy!!!

Rating: 4-5 hands, only because there is a stove and some tricky opening involved.  Use a big enough pot and you wont even have stirring splatter from dumping the ingredients in less than carefully.  My daughter also asked for some stirring help toward the end becuase it does take a few minutes for it all to melt.

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