I have so many great memories of growing up right next door to both of my grandmas. I don't think I realized how fortunate I was to have both of them living so close to me until I was older. I feel very fortunate for that now! Around Christmas time, my grandma Phyllis (my mom's mom), would make loads and loads of goodies for her Christmas goody tray. She would make most of the stuff at least a month in advance (I'm sure even longer but you know how time doesn't matter when you are a kid!) and then keep it in the freezer. Well, all but this goody...this fudge. YUM! Fudge was never something I could sneak. Believe me, we would sneak a lot of the candy she had in the basement freezer, but the fudge, that was under lock and key. Well, ok, not really, but the way she made it, she left it in blocks until she was ready to serve it, so sneaking a piece here and there was never really an option...at least not an easy one :)
Now I'm older and I don't have to sneak anything anymore, I can just make it myself! I couldn't wait to make my grandma's fudge this year for Christmas. I know I can make it any time of the year, but it always seems to fit so well this time of the year, so it's a must make! This is a very simple recipe that I'm sure was found on the back of some package, but today, I'm only giving props to the woman who I got it from... my grandma! This is a wonderful fudge for the holidays....simple and absolutely delicious!
My Grandma's Fudge
From the kitchen of my grandma Phyllis
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, sliced
1 12oz bag chocolate chips (the better the quality chocolate the better the fudge, but I'm sure my grandma used Nestle's or something along those lines and her fudge was still amazing!!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
10 large marshmallows, quartered (or 40 mini marshmallows)
Line a loaf pan with parchment or wax paper; set aside.
Place the butter, chocolate chips, vanilla, and walnuts if you are using them, into a bowl.
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar, evaporated milk and marshmallows to a boil. Boil for exactly 6 minutes, stirring constantly. (You may need to adjust your heat so you do not burn the mixture) Pour boiling mixture into bowl with chocolate chips. Mix until the chips and butter have melted. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate overnight or until set. Enjoy!