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Experiments in Fudge Making

December 18, 2013

Yesterday, my friend Jenny invited me over for her huge annual fudge making day! Jenny has been doing this tradition with friends for the past 9 years and I was honored to take part. On the docket for the day was 11 different fudge recipes…some perfected over time, others new experiments added on this year. All of the recipes turned out to be fantastic… I can’t wait to re-create them in my own house.

As the newbie to the group, I did a lot more observing (and picture taking) than anything else. I made two of the recipes and then left the rest up to the masters themselves.

I have a traditional cookie baking day with a friend of mine, but I think fudge might be the way to go! It seemed a lot easier and there are so many chocolate fudge recipes out there which means you can have a huge variety at the end of a cooking day. Imagine all the great holiday gifts Jenny will be able to make up for friends and neighbors with so much fudge to give. I love this fudge making day tradition and feel honored to have been included in on it this year!

Below I've shared the recipe for my favorite fudge recipe out of the ones that we made yesterday.

Caramel Cashew Fudge Recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes • Cook Time: 0 minutes • Serves: 80

Ingredients:
2 tsp. plus ½ cup butter, softened, divided
1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
2 ½ cups sugar
2 cups BAKER’S Chocolate Chunks
1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
24 KRAFT Caramels, quartered
¾ cup PLANTERS Cashew Halves and Pieces, Salted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
SPRAY a 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

COMBINE milk, sugar and remaining butter in a large heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rapid boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chips and marshmallow creme until melted. Fold in the caramels, cashews and vanilla.

POUR into prepared pan. Cool. Once set, cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container.

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.dineanddish.net.

Experiments in Fudge Making
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