Sunday, December 18, 2011
Mom's EASY One Bowl Homemade Fudge
I used to be so much better about making all kinds of fun treats at Christmas time. I would carefully package my homemade goodies in very festive containers and deliver them to friends, family and neighbors. I now have three extremely helpful baking assistants that liven things up and severely slow things down during my little holiday bake-a-thons. The festive containers never make it off the shelf in the basement these days. Not that I'm complaining! Nothing makes me happier than to see my girls wearing head to toe flour and eating giant hunks of cookie dough!
Nowadays, I stick to easy recipes like this fudge my mom used to make when I was little. I love that all of the ingredients can be mixed in one bowl and then microwaved! I think the whole process takes less than five minutes! So simple.
6 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips (Using semi sweet will result in a dark chocolate flavored fudge. Use milk chocolate chips or a combo of both if you prefer!)
2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 stick of butter (cut into chunks for easier melting)
a little pad of butter for greasing the pan
(1/2 cup of nuts is optional!)
1. Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish.*
2. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Microwave in 20 to 30 second intervals, removing the bowl after each and stirring. Be very careful not to microwave it for longer than those intervals. The chocolate can burn very easily. The whole melting process should take a total of 3-5 minutes depending on how powerful your microwave is.
4. Pour the melted mixture into the buttered dish, cover and refrigerate until set (about an hour). Top with sprinkles or other fun edible decorations!! Slice with a pizza cutter.
*You could also line the pan with foil and then butter the foil. When the fudge is set, you can turn over the pan and the fudge will come right out.
Enjoy and happy holidays everyone!!