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Published November 6th 2012
Make tasty fudge in just 5 minutes - it's seriously simple
If like me you have a sweet tooth, this article should come with a serious health warning. I have just discovered the joys of making (read: eating) fudge. And what's more, even a complete kitchen novice could follow this easy-peasy recipe and not manage to burn down the kitchen. Five teeny tiny minutes out of your busy day and you too could have a whole tray of deliciousness.
Here's what you'll need:
1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
50g unsalted butter cut into cubes
350g dark chocolate melts
1/2 - 1 tsp peppermint essence
And here's the easy bit:
1. Grease a slice pan with butter. 2. Zap the condensed milk and butter in the microwave in a suitable bowl for 2 minutes - it should be bubbling when you take it out. 3. Stir in the chocolate melts a handful at a time until each handful has melted fully. 4. Add the peppermint essence depending on how minty you want your fudge to taste. 5. Pour the mixture into the pan and refrigerate until it's gone hard (at least a few hours).
Now I adapted this from a chocolate fudge recipe I found on the internet, changing the milk to dark chocolate and adding the peppermint. As a fudge making virgin the end result was surprisingly fantastic - it tastes just like the real thing. Now that I've mastered the easy stuff, I figure I can experiment with some other flavours.
At the top of my 'To Try List' are chocolate orange fudge (I'm thinking exactly the same ingredients as above but with orange essence to replace the peppermint) and white chocolate and strawberry fudge (white chocolate melts and strawberry essence, possibly with some whole, small strawberries thrown in for good measure). The combinations you could play around with are endless. You can chuck in some cherries for choc-cherry fudge, or how about some rum and raisins for an old favourite? Be as creative as you like and you're sure to find some winners.
Fudge also makes a great and inexpensive present for Christmas or birthdays. Buy some fancy paper or foil to wrap it in, pop it into a nice presentation box and ta-da - a professional looking homemade gift to impress your friends with. Happy fudge making.