Friday 5 December 2014

Five Minute Fudge

The holidays don’t officially start until I’m in my Snuggie, watching The Fireplace Channel and trying to figure out where the loop happens. I’m usually eating fudge while I do this. For those cakers who have yet to make it, fudge can be tricky because most recipes tell you to take its temperature. The first time I made it, I grabbed the thermometer out of the medicine cabinet. The bad news? The thermometer exploded. The good news? Mercury fudge soon became a family favourite.

You don’t need a thermometer for this Five Minute Fudge but you do need time. It took me 19 minutes and 22 seconds to make it! That’s not counting the time it took me to put on pants and lipstick, get in the Chevette, drive to the No Frills, buy the ingredients, stop for a double-double and a Boston Cream and come back home. Needless to say, I was tempted to send a letter of complaint to the Lambeth Co-operative Playschool for false advertising.

But then I tasted the fudge and I did a 360. Or is that a 180? Anyways, it’s good. Leave this out on the table for Santa on Christmas Eve and I bet he leaves you an extra present. Mainly his teeth. Sadly, fudge has its side effects.

2/3 cup Carnation milk, undiluted
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 cups (4 oz) miniature marshmallows (16 medium diced marshmallows)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped nuts
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon salt

Mix milk, sugar and salt in saucepan over medium heat. Heat to boiling. Boil for 5 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add marshmallows, chocolate chips, vanilla and nuts. Stir 1 to 2 minutes, until marshmallows are melted. Pour into buttered 9-inch pan. Cool and cut into squares.

Source: Our 20th Anniversary Cookbook, Lambeth, Ontario


  1. Fading into a diabetic coma just looking at that.
    Or maybe I'm having another latch hook rug flashback & descending into a K hole?

    1. Just never eat fudge while doing latch hook. Trust me on this one.

    2. My sister used to make this until we got too long in the tooth to ingest so much sugar, but I can attest to this fudge being delicious. At my old age,the arteries are clogging up just looking at that yummy fudge. Maybe I'll try to make it after all and feed it to the young 'uns.

    3. You'd be surprised what a good dose of sugar can do for older folks like us. After I had a piece of fudge, I painted the house, rearranged the furniture and ran a marathon. Now if only I could sleep...

  2. This, like so many of your recipes, bring back memories. I was such a caker kid.

  3. This sounds so delicious! I have to make this fudge. Thank you!