Who doesn’t like fudge? It’s smooth, creamy, and chocolate heaven! This one in particular has hints of vanilla and coffee, with specks of nuts. It’s not just me, right? There’s just something about fudge that makes me feel cozy and contented. It may have to do with the fact that I always associate fudge with the holiday season! Usually fudge is around every corner and it’s always the perfect gift to give (and tbh receive). And while I definitely love fudge during the holidays, I don’t get why we don’t indulge in it during other times. It’s such a quick recipe & it definitely disappears even quicker once it’s made.
I think if more people were aware of how easy fudge is, they would definitely start making it more. The main ingredient in this recipe: marshmallows. They give the ideal consistency and fluffiness for fudge. Letting the marshmallows melt into this sweet mixture and then allowing the chocolate to blend in after it, it’s definitely a fun recipe to create. Developing (and eating) fudge truly is magical. So if you’ve never tried making fudge, you’re about to become real addicted. Sorry, not sorry.
Also sidenote! Fudge truly is a great gift and people love receiving homemade fudge! The best way I found to gift wrap and deliver fudge is to individually wrap each slice with parchment or wax paper. It not only creates such a beautiful visual but it also allows for a mess-free method of eating and distributing!
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp instant coffee powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups marshmallows
- 1 1/2 cups dark or milk chocolate
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Prepare an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- With a heavy duty saucepan on medium heat, add in evaporated milk, sugar, butter, salt, and instant coffee. Bring to full boil while stirring constantly. Continue stirring for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, turn heat off. Add in marshmallows and stir vigorously to melt well. This should only be about 1-2 minutes.
- Once majority of marshmallows have melted into the mixture, remove from heat and add in chocolate chips. Stir quickly and constantly to evenly melt and combine chocolate into mixture. Work quickly as mixture can cool once heat is removed.
- Add in walnuts and vanilla extract. Stir until all ingredients have combined well.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
- Once fudge has formed, lift with parchment paper out of pan. Cut into even square pieces.
- For better handling, I wrap each fudge piece into a section of parchment or wax paper. This limits any stickiness/melting and is a great option for gift giving when it comes to fudge!