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I’m gonna level with you – even coming up with a post and finding time to get it written up right now is challenging. My brain is already thinking about the stockings I’ll be sewing by hand this weekend. What? That is totally something I don’t have time for? Yes, you’re correct.  And I should buy them? I know, I even looked. At three stores.  Couldn’t find any that didn’t suck big time.

So, for some gifts this year, I’m giving the best gift I can: something edible and homemade. Who doesn’t love a real treat, right? and you know I do my best to make sure it’s got the easiest recipe (if I’m FORCED to use one!  huff!).

I have started looking for easy fudge recipes. I’ve never made fudge for holiday presents, but there’s always a time to start!

So far, I have the following two recipes I’m willing to try. Yes, there is Velveeta in one of them. Weird? yeah. Am I still going to try it? Duh. 819 people can’t be wrong.  (that’s how many folks have downloaded it)

Bear with me as we embark on a small, risky adventure through sampling fudge recipes. I’m hoping to make one version this weekend, if I do, I’ll video tape it and post here next week!

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Credit: Earla Taylor

OPTION 1:  Best Ever Cheese Fudge   

2 cups butter
1 pound processed cheese food, cubed
4 (16 ounce) packages confectioners’
sugar 1 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts

1. Melt together butter and cheese.
2. Mix in confectioner’s sugar and cocoa into the butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Spread on two big cookie sheets. Cool. Cut. Store in refrigerator

OPTION 2: Million Dollar Fudge    

•1-2/3 cups light cream
•4-1/2 cups sugar
•1/2 cup butter (NOT margarine), cut into pieces
•2 (12 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate chips
•1 (11 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
•2 teaspoons vanilla
•2 cups chopped walnuts, if desired

Grease a 9×13″ pan with butter and set aside.
In a large, heavy saucepan, combine cream, and sugar.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY!!
When it comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium low and continue to cook and stir as the mixture boils.
Boil for 5 minutes.
Then remove pan from heat and immediately stir in the butter and all of the chocolate.
Stir constantly until the chocolate melts into the cream mixture and the fudge becomes satiny.
Stir in the vanilla and nuts, if using.
Immediately spoon and spread into the prepared pan.
Let stand at room temperature until cool.
Cut into squares. Makes about 4 pounds of fudge.

Do you have a fudge recipe? One that you swear by, or maybe one that’s stood the test of time, been handed down through generations in your family? OR- do you buy it somewhere every year?

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