Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grandma Kelly's "Sees Fudge"

Grandma Kelly's See's Fudge

This, to me, is what fudge should be.  Deep chocolate flavor, smooth, sweet, with a few walnuts for contrasting texture and bitterness.  My Grandma Kelly knew how to make fudge, and thankfully, she passed the recipe along.  I don't think I've made this fudge since the 1990's though, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps Nanaimo Bars have taken their place in my repertoire.  It needs to make a comeback, and I think this Easter is the perfect time.  Easter happens to be the season that I associate most closely with fudge, not Christmas, because my mom would always include a Sees fudge egg in our Easter baskets.  Good times.
The fudge pictured above was made with Dove Dark Chocolate instead of chocolate chips.  And it is delicious.  Now I just have to figure out how to get rid of it without eating most of it myself.

Sees-Style Fudge
by Grandma Marian Kelly

  • 1 package chocolate chips (or 12 oz., roughly a bag and a third of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises chopped)
  • 1 stick butter, cut into about 8 chunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 square unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Take an 8"x8" square pan and either butter it or line it with foil.
Place chocolate chips (Dove chunks), butter, and vanilla in a large heat-proof bowl.
In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, unsweetened chocolate, evaporated milk, and marshmallows to a boil & boil for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. (Be careful here.  Mine kept bubbling up like lava, splattering itself here an there on my stovetop.)
Pour cooked mixture over the chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla.  Stir until ingredients are melted together & have a dull appearance.
Add nuts & pour into prepared pan.  Smooth out the top with a silicone spatula.
Allow to cool and firm up before cutting.

Makes about 49 cubes

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