Having a large family or having a ton of friends can often cost you a lot of money when the holidays roll around. And don’t forget about decorating the Christmas tree! Oh, and what about the parties? Mmm, and that festive, creative, holiday spirit. Want a way to get little gifts, decorations and ornaments, and party favors out of the way in one swoop? One word- fudge. I’m not talking about that expensive fudge you buy at the store, I’m talking about homemade fudge. Fortunately, this fudge recipe is not only easy on your wallet, but is also quick and easy to make.
What You’ll Need:
2 12oz bags of morsels (any flavor, mix and match)
1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon extract (preferably vanilla)
Oiled Square container or dish
Food Coloring (if using white chocolate, optional)
Wrapping (wax paper or tinfoil)
Ribbon or yarn
The first thing you need to do is heat a pot over low heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk and then the morsels. You can use any flavor you want; dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, or even peanut butter. Feel free to mix and match flavors. I enjoy dark chocolate and peanut butter; white chocolate and butterscotch are really tasty together also. You’ll want to keep stirring the contents of the pot until everything is melted and incorporated. If you are going to add food coloring or nuts, this would be the time. If you wanted to make multicolored fudge, you could separate them onto containers and stir in the color, but you’ll have to work quickly before it starts to set.
From this point it’s time to pour the mixture into a greased square dish or container. One thing I like to do to jazz the fudge up, is line the bottom of the dish or container with M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces or nuts and then pour the fudge on top. That way, every single square is guaranteed to have candy and / or nuts on the top (or bottom, depending on how you want to look at it). The next step is probably both the easiest and hardest to master; Walk away. The fudge needs to set now. Ideally the fudge will be thoroughly set in about five to ten minutes, however, I like to give it a bit more time than that. I would give it a good fifteen to twenty minutes to set before you begin slicing and dicing. If you really have nothing to do but stare as your fudge sets, you can always pre-score the top at about two to three minutes into the setting process.
Once the fudge is cut into squares, the artsy side of this task emerges. It is now time to wrap each fudge square. You can wrap them in either wax paper, tinfoil, or even wrapping paper. If you find that regular tinfoil and wax paper are too boring for wrapping edible ornaments, consider coloring the outside with sharpies. Coloring tinfoil with sharpies or other markers adds a nice touch of color to these little ornaments. Once you are done wrapping, simply add ribbon or yarn and tie it like you would a gift box. Once you knot it at the top, create a loop with the remaining ribbon or yarn so that you can hang these colorful, edible squares.
My favorite part about these fudge ornaments is that they can be used as decorations on a table, ornaments on a tree, little party favors, or as gifts. If you are having a Christmas party this year, consider making these and decorating your tree with them. At the end of the night, encourage guests to pluck the colorful squares off the tree. If you have guests with nut allergies make sure you cook the non-nut fudge separately so as not to cross contaminate. If you have your guests plucking the fudge from the tree, consider color coding the different types of fudge to cut down on the confusion of flavors.