Saturday, November 19, 2016

Gma Shirley's 5lb Fudge

Every year I think I'm going to post this and then I go to this sight and realize I didn't do it when I try to find it.  So here we go...
I made this with Mom every year during the holidays.  I basically know it by heart and I have it written down in my chicken scratch.  Mom got this recipe from her Grandma Bessie Striker, who raised her and Aunt Betty and they referred to Grandma Bessie as 'Mom'.  So this is also history thru fudge as well.  Maybe someday the littles will want to make up some candy for the holidays and in memory of Gma Shirley they'll refer to this.

First you will need to butter a nice 9x9 pan and set aside.

Get prepared by gathering timer, a large heavy kettle, wood spoon, large spatula, and extra large bowl.

In the extra large bowl pour in:
10oz package of miniature marshmallows
3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place the heavy large kettle on medium high heat, add to it:
1 cup of butter
4 and 1/2 cups of white sugar
1 can of evaporated milk

Stir constantly with the wooden spoon to keep from scorching, eventually this will come to a boil, then set the timer to 6 minutes.  Keep stirring constantly for SIX minutes (or the fudge will not set up).

Once the time is up, remove from heat
Add 1 TBSP of vanilla. (Be careful because this will boil and splatter up at you, that is normal)

Mix in vanilla.  (Or peppermint and espresso!)

Pour hot syrup over the chocolate chips and marshmallows.  FOLD the mixture together with a large spatula.

At this point you can add 2 cups of walnuts or pecans too.

Mom always said over mixing would make it grainy and it wouldn't stay smooth and creamy.  She also said NOT to ever scrape the sides of the kettle, because it was grainy.

I hope someone in the family continues making this!