Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Still in the holiday spirit

So, this year I have no money (whoops!). Luckily, I can make presents for the holidays, and as far as I can tell, people like them. Along with those salted chocolate caramels from last week, some lucky folks are also getting my own creation - Candy Cane Fudge.

I wanted something to compliment the chocolate candy - and maybe something festive looking. I may have gone a little overboard, but gosh darn it, I like it. This not a highbrow creation - there are marshmallows in it! And candy canes! And colored sugar sprinkles! But it tastes good.

Candy Cane Fudge

4 Cups mini marshmallows
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter (although I just realized I used an entire stick last time - whoops)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. white chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
10 candy canes, crushed (I like to put them in a ziploc bag, press the air out and whack it with a hammer. I like any cooking project where I get to use a hammer)
Red and green sugar for sprinkling

Combine marshmallows, evaporated milk, butter, sugar and salt in a large pot.

Cook and stir until it comes to a full boil.

Boil for 5 minutes (exact) over medium heat, stirring constantly. Try not to let it burn.

Remove from heat and add white chocolate chips.

Beat until chips are melted.

Add about half of your crushed candy canes and mix it in. Pour into a greased pan (I used a 9.5 inch pie plate for the first batch and a kind of sheet pan that was on the small size below.)

I liked it. You can use whatever you want - I like it to spread out so it's kind of thin, but you can use a smaller pan if you want it thicker.

Chill in the fridge until it's firm enough to cut (give it a few hours at least). After that, you don't have to keep it chilled - it will be okay at room temperature.

Happy Holidays!