Monday, December 22, 2008

Oh Fudge!!

If your home for the holidays that usually means alot of baking and candy making going on, at least at my house! And these goodies bring the sweetest memories of all, fudge! I've been making fudge for the holidays for a couple of decades now, gee that makes me sound old....and I'm always on the look out for different kinds of fudge to try, and these two today are my favorites so far. The first one was even printed in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, "Christmas in the Country", so if you have it, it's on page 175. For those who don't, I'm sharing it here along with a coffee lovers still my waistline....

Eggnog Fudge
3 c. sugar
1 c. eggnog
1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
1/2 t. cinnamon and nutmeg
2 Tbsp. butter
6 oz. pkg. white chocolate chips
1 c. slivered almonds
Combine sugar and eggnog in large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over med. heat, stirring. Boil for 2 min. Fold in marshmallows, and spices. Bring back a rolling boil, cook for 6 min., stirring. Remove from heat, stir in butter, chips and almonds. Stir well to mix. Pour into a greased aluminum foil lined 9x9 pan. Cool before cutting at room temp. Turn out of pan and peel off foil, cut into squares. Makes about 5 dozen.

Coffee Fudge
3 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. instant coffee
1 1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
1/4 c. butter
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
Combine sugar, coffee, milk and corn syrup. Mix well. Place over med. heat, stir while boils. Cook to 236 degrees(soft ball stage).Remove from heat and add butter. Cool to lukewarm without stirring. Add vanilla and beat till candy thickens and begins to lose it's gloss. Stir in nuts. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet. Cool. Makes 3 pounds.

It's not Christmas without fudge and if you feel the same way, try a new recipe, a different kind of fudge but always have the old standby, nearby! Have a chocolate Christmas of some kind! Enjoy!


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