Grandma Milne’s Christmas Eve Fudge

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“So who needs Christmas? We do! All of us! Because Christmas can bring us closer to the Savior, and he is the only source of lasting joy….

“We need Christmas because it helps us to be better people, not only in December but in January, June, and November.

“Because we need Christmas we had better understand what it is and what it isn’t. Gifts, holly, mistletoe, and red-nosed reindeer are fun as traditions, but they are not what Christmas is really all about. Christmas pertains to that glorious moment when the Son of our Father joined his divinity to our imperfect humanity.” –Hugh W. Pinnock, “Who Needs Christmas?”

I’ve never tasted better fudge than this recipe.  Grandma makes it every Christmas to give to neighbors and friends and family.

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 large Hershey Bars with Almonds
  • 1 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (Grandma uses milk chocolate)
  • 1 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 2 cups of broken walnuts (or pecan if you don’t like walnuts)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla pre-measured and sitting in a small bowl ready to pour later
  • 1 stick and a quarter of a second stick of butter (When 4 sticks equal a 1-lb package)

Get a large bowl.  Break up 2 large Hershey bars with almonds and pour into the bowl.  Add one 12 ounce package of semisweet chocolate chips and one 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme and 2 cups of broken walnuts.  If you don’t like walnuts, use pecans.

Have 2 pre-measured teaspoons of vanilla waiting on the side in a small bowl to add to fudge later.

In a large heavy pan bring to a boil for 5 minutes:

1 and 1/4  cubes of butter (not margarine); four and a half cups of sugar and 1 can of evaporated milk.  Stir it with a wooden spoon until it starts to boil.  Quit stirring and let it boil for EXACTLY five minutes–NO MORE, NO LESS than five minutes.  It is extremely important that you time it exactly.  After it reaches the 5 minute point, pour it immediately over all the ingredients in the bowl and stir it with a wooden spoon.  Melt everything before it starts to set up.  When just about there to the setting up stage, pour in your two teaspoons of vanilla and pour the entire thing into a 9×12 pan.  Allow to set up overnight so flavors blend.  Don’t stir after you pour it into the pan or you will ruin it by making it grainy.   

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