The Best Homemade Fudge and a Big Kiss

by heidi on December 14, 2011

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Where do I even start?

This is my first post since launching FoodieCrush magazine. And akin to the nervous excitement of planning a wedding or the anxiety of childbirth—events you go through in life that you’ve put time, energy and emotion into, and you’re not sure what to expect when it actually DOES happen, then all of the sudden, POOF, its done, the hard part’s over—I’ve finally emerged from the past week with a clear head after luxing in a warm and fuzzy glow.

There’s still a bit of work to be done: The iPad version is available now and a downloadable PDF and on demand printed version will be ready for your hot little hands next week.

But in the meantime, thank you to everyone who helped ring the bells, raise the flags and lend support with the announcement of the mag. It was such a trip for my bleary morning eyes to see the first text come in on my phone with a congrats from Mountain Mama Cooks (seen with Cookin’ Canuck in the Aprés Eats feature of FoodieCrush magazine, page 62) and for me to be so pleased someone out there liked it.

That’s all I wanted and hoped for, to have those that were featured in the mag happy to be a part of the outcome. Anything else would be gravy. And then to see the comments start popping randomly onto my screen, to see the amazing feedback and support from bloggers, friends and family and new fans alike, was such a reward.

Huge thanks to everyone involved in the mag, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. These contributors put so much time and effort into their stories, photography and recipes, they have such amazing stories to tell, and now an opportunity to do it— beyond their blogs.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with my one of my all-time favorite recipes and one that this year helped serve a worthy cause: My mom’s fudge.

My mom makes it every Christmas, only at Christmas, and usually eats it for breakfast with her coffee. Yes, it’s THAT good. The recipe originally comes from my grandma, but to me it’s all my mom.

I took a double batch of the fudge as my contribution to the Salt Lake City Cookie Swap, part of the national Cookie Swap organized by Three Many Cooks (check out pics of the NY Cookie Swap) benefitting Cookies for Kids Cancer.

Following is the recipe, in my mom’s words, exactly from her e-mail because this isn’t something you want to mess up, and a few pics of the Salt Lake City food bloggers who attended the Cookie Swap fundraiser. Enjoy!

The Best Homemade Fudge with Pecans

The Best Homemade Fudge with Pecans

Ingredients

1 stick butter, or 8 tablespoons (room temperature)
12 oz. package Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips
2 cups of sugar and
2/3 cup evaporated milk, until mixed
12- 15 large, fresh marshmallows
¾ cups chopped nuts (I use pecans)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add:
  2. 1 stick butter, or 8 tablespoons (room temperature)
  3. 12 oz. package Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips
  4. Set aside
  5. 2. In a large pan stir together:
  6. 2 cups of sugar and
  7. 2/3 cup evaporated milk, until mixed
  8. Then add 12- 15 large, fresh marshmallows
  9. Cook over medium heat, (I use an electric fry pan set at 250 degrees) and stir constantly, I use a rubber spatula to stir and clean the sides of the pan. Once the mixture has melted, continue to cook and stir a bit more until you’re sure the sugar has melted; don’t let it change color.
  10. Pour the hot mixture over the ingredients in the bowl and stir until the butter and chocolate melt then add:
  11. ¾ cups chopped nuts (I use pecans)
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  13. Continue to stir vigorously until it is very well mixed. [I kind of beat it by hand with the spatula]
  14. Spray an 11” x 7” Pyrex baking dish with Pam and pour in cooked mixture, cover and refrigerate until set and ready to cut. FYI Recently I’ve lined the dish with plastic wrap so I could easily remove the fudge and sliced it with a pizza roller
  15. I hope this helps, if not we’ll have a cooking demonstration. Love, P (that's my mom)
http://www.foodiecrush.com/2011/12/craving-the-best-homemade-fudge-and-a-big-kiss/

FoodieCrush Magazine Chocolate FUdge

FoodieCrush Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer
FoodieCrush Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer
FoodieCrush Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer
FoodieCrush Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer
FoodieCrush Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer our hostesses with the mostesses, Becky of The Vintage Mixer and Heidi of SLC Foodie

FoodieCrush Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer

And here’s a sampling of some of eats we enjoyed at the swap:

Snickerdoodle Biscoff Sandwich Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

Sugar Cookie Bars from Completely Delicious

FoodieCrush Magazine Cookie Swap for Cookies for Kids Cancer

Bacon and Caramelized Onion Quiche from Mountain Mama Cooks

Citrus Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish Braid from Barbara Bakes

http://barbarabakes.com/2011/12/citrus-cranberry-cream-cheese-danish-braid-and-a-hodgson-mill-giveaway/

All photos by Heidi Larsen/FoodieCrush

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Maria December 14, 2011 at 6:16 am

What a fun day and for such a great cause!! And your mom’s fudge is out of this world! I know, I tasted it:)

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

My mom would be pleased with the compliment. Mom, are you out there?

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patti December 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

So glad you liked it! Happy Holidays.

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 14, 2011 at 6:45 am

I love fudge, especially with nuts! I could easily put down the entire pan!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm

We use pecans, because walnuts give us cancher (sp?) sores. But feel free to sub with any hearty nut.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 14, 2011 at 7:24 am

Wow, what an amazing spread of treats and a great event! I would have loved to sample a bit of everything and meet with such fabulous ladies.

Your fudge looks awesome and I’ve been on a huge fudge making kick myself. Anything that I can no-bake is a bonus!

And what you have done with the magazine, again, is beyond.words.amazing.

CONGRATS, Heidi!!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

And we would have LOVED to have had you. But sitting on the beach in Aruba certainly can’t be that bad either. THX about the mag. XOXO

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Cookie and Kate December 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

Killer fudge photos, Heidi! Looks like you had a fun party, I love hanging out with bloggers in real life!

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Denise @ TLT December 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

You can be so proud and what better way to celebrate than with this fudge: it looks so good!

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Brianne December 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

I had a bit of a fudge making fail recently, and it was the first time I had tried to make fudge. This recipe looks a lot easier than the one I tried…when I give fudge another go, I know what recipe I’m using!

The magazine looks fantastic! I loved reading little blurbs from other bloggers, and the cookies were to die for. Congrats!

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Elizabeth @Mango_Queen December 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

I love fudge and I always need a good fudge recipe during the holidays. Thanks for sharing this. And CONGRATULATIONS on the launch of Foodie Crush magazine! What a great concept!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Doesn’t fudge just scream holidays? Thanks so much for the nice words about the mag. XO

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Susan December 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

I remember the fudge my mother made, along with Divinity, for the holidays. Your gathering looks amazing (the women and the food)! Wish I was near to join in. Happy Holidays to all the bakers who carry on traditions. XOXO

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Divinity! I haven’t made that since about 9th grade, I may have to give it another try. Onward to your site to see if its there.

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes December 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

So fun that it’s your mom’s great recipe. Your pictures are fabulous as usual! Just a great way to spend an afternoon. Thanks!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Isn’t amazing what a great group of bloggers there are in Utah? Love spending time with you all.

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Annalise December 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

Love the photos for our brunch! And your Mom’s fudge was fantastic!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thank you lovely

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Delishhh December 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

I have to say it again the magazine was fabulous!! Just fabulous and you should be so proud. Reading your post about a big event coming up – yeah i am delivering my first in 8 weeks, hopefully it will be smooth. Also this year i have decided to do fudge for gift giveaways and have been trying all these fudge recipe in the last few weeks – but this one looks fabulous and i will have to try it out – might be the winner :)

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Oh my! Just 8 weeks! And I owe you an email, I better not wait. Would love to hear which fudge recipes you liked best.

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melissa rideout December 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Yay for the ipad version- I want to lay in bed and look at the mag! P’s fudge sounds amazing too!!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Thank you MP!! XO

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Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

All that food at the swap looks fabulous! I am planning on making a few batches of fudge for Christmas and New Years and this looks like the perfect addition to include. Look forward to trying this.

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Yes, get your fudge in before the diets begin. Brown Eyed Baker had a yummy eggnog fudge post today too. http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/12/14/eggnog-fudge-recipe/

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Lauren December 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I haven’t had a chance to check out the magazine yet, but I can’t wait! I love your blog, and I’m sure I will love the magazine just as much!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

thank you for the compliment, and for commenting. So glad you like the blog.

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Lauren Brady December 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

So happy for you Heidi! Job well done!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Thank you Lauren, so glad you were a part of it. When are we going to celebrate?

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Becky at VintageMixer December 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Lovely post!! You are talented beyond words my friend! I’m excited for more Foodie Crush in the future and more fun parties to celebrate!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Yes, parties in your space! It is seriously gorgeous with the reclaimed wood and exposed brick. Love it.

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Sandy December 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

How much is 1 square of butter? 1 tbs, 2? Looks like fun to make and eat.

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gmoopa December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Same question – how much is a “square” of butter?

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Tina @ Squirrel Acorns December 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who was wondering that! I’m thinking it means 2Tb? I’ve never made fudge before, but thinking of trying some out!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Hi Tina, the square refers to a cube of butter, so 8 tablespoons. Make sure its room temp so it melts easily. And ennnnjoy!

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

One square is the same as one stick of butter = 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup. It’s mom-speak :)

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heidi December 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Sandy, its one cube of butter or 8 tablespoons. And they are divine to eat and easy to make. The secret is to beat the mixture really well with a wooden spoon once you’ve combined the hot and room temp ingredients. Makes the fudge glossy.

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Holly December 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I’m thoroughly enjoying the fudge now & friends and colleagues have very much enjoyed the batch I’ve made the past few days ;-)

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heidi December 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’m making two more batches tonight :)

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Pellie December 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

Made this last night, it is really great. My only wish is that it hardened up a bit more — it can’t seem to sit out of the fridge for long without going sticky and gooey in your hands. Nonetheless, it’s going to be our teacher gift treat this year as it is mighty tasty. — Also, the magazine is great. I stumbled upon it, and thus then your blog, via issuu and was mesmerized. So many good recipes. What a great concept. Kudos!

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heidi December 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Hi Pellie, the fudge is best if kept refrigerated until ready to devour. Thanks for the feedback.

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Sherice December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Heidi!!!!! Can I just tell you how flippin’ fantastic this all is! So so proud of you girl~ way to take this project by the horns, and make it something absolutely amazing. That yam souffle is a Nic favorite~ he requests it for Thanksgiving every year. And thanks for the fudge recipe! I was just thinking it was time for a new fudge~ perfect! If it comes from Miss P it has to be yummy:) Holiday loves to you and yours! ~xo

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heidi December 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Xoxo to all of you Sherice. Love and miss you guys!

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Christine December 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Hey Heidi, your The Best Homemade Fudge is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://www.knapkins.com/guess_games/1073?source=blog

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets December 21, 2011 at 7:40 am

First, the fudge looks delish! And I LOVE fudge.

Second, you should be so proud of this accomplishment. The magazine is beautiful, print worth even (is that in the future plans???). How awesome to have such a great response too!

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heidi December 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I’m planning on getting a version ready for on demand printing ASAP!

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Kayla December 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

Sounds like a tasty recipe, Do you If I could exchange the chocolate chips
for peanut butter? I want to make a peanut butter fudge with the evaportaed milk and marshmellows!

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heidi December 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I asked my mom and we both wonder if the peanut butter would set up enough, would there be enough fat as a binder? Give it a try, I’d live to hear if it works. Maybe use only 13 marshmallows.

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patti December 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Hi Kayla, Heidi and I discussed the peanut butter today, wish I had a better answer for you but I’m not a candy maker, my fudge is the only candy I make. I think you should go for it, you never know until you try, let us know, I could have a new favorite candy recipe.

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marla July 28, 2012 at 5:20 am

Such amazing looking fudge + what a lovely group of gal pals at that table! Congrats on the success of your magazine. The amount of work and efforts put into it astound me! Well worth every second. Have a great weekend!

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

What a wonderful spread! everything looks delish and your Mom’s fudge sounds so rich, perfect for Christmas treats swapping.
Thanks for sharing, just linked to it in my 100 chocolate recipes round-up

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Trish December 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

This was the best fudge ever and so easy my 2 year old helped. FYI added salted peanuts and was super yummy. :-)

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Amy December 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

What are the biscotti looking cookies with what appear to be chocolate and maybe peanut butter chips from your the photo (017) of the swap?

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Archana December 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

This I need to make soon.

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Denise June 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

Everthing looks sooo good. Whats in the 9×13 pyrex dish?

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Wendy S May 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

This is my same exact recipe! I’ve been making it for years, only mine is called See’s Fudge. I have played with it and given different variations away for gifts. My favorite variation, and the one I use most often, is to sub a small amount of the Ghiradelli’s (I like the 60% dark) semisweet with Ghiradelli’s Milk Chocolate and then also add 1/2 C. Dried Cranberries and use chopped almonds for the nuts. The combination of chocolates really makes a nice texture and flavor.

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