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My friend Rachael Bloome is the author of the Poppy Creek Series, a wholesome, feel-good, small-town romance series sure to leave a smile on your face. Her books, website, and reader’s pages often share recipes, puzzles and other entertaining activities. Rachael shares this fudge recipe in The Clause in Christmas. She says that this cherished family recipe is from her “kind and generous” mother-in-law who makes and delivers several festive tins to her neighbors each Christmas. Rachael shares it in her book to inspire others to create a similar tradition of sharing Christmas cheer, and I’m sharing it here with her permission.

tin of fudge in front of Christmas greenery and flowers

Prep Time: 50 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 12 oz. chocolate or peanut butter chips
  • 7 oz. marshmallow creme
  • 3 oz. miniature marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions:

  1. Line 9x13 pan with foil, extending foil over the edges an inch or so. Place in the freezer.

  2. Combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk in a large glass bowl.

  3. Microwave 8 minutes, stopping every 2- to 2-1/2 minutes to stir. Remove from microwave.

  4. Drop a little of this mixture into a cup of ice-cold water. Mixture should be at the soft ball stage. If not, return to the microwave for 30 seconds and test again.

  5. Stir in chocolate chips until melted.

  6. Add the marshmallow creme and mini marshmallows. Stir until blended.

  7. Stir in vanilla.

  8. For the creamiest fudge, pour the hot fudge mixture into a KitchenAid or other large mixer and blend for several minutes on a medium speed, to cool it quickly. OR stir by hand until the mixture cools a bit.

  9. Add nuts, if desired.

  10. Remove pan from the freezer and coat with cooking spray. Spread fudge mixture into cooled pan and return to the freezer for several hours.

  11. Remove from the freezer. Lift foil from pan and place on cutting board. (You may need to let it soften for 5-10 minutes. Cut fudge into squares using a straight (not serrated) edge.

    Fudge may be frozen to enjoy whenever you need a special treat.

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