Individual Pieces of Fudge for Chanukah Gelt
to his house. His Mom is cool.Ē
We all have a reputation, and want it to be good. Sometimes,
people who have never met us have a feeling they know who we are. If
we are parents, we want our childís schoolmates to think that it
would be fun to be around us.
A simple way to do
this is to become the Mom who sends good stuff to class parties. This recipe can
do that, even for a busy, working parent. It has only 3 ingredients, and can be
done in the microwave in less time than a visit to the bakery;
5 minutes total preparation time for the basic stuff of which smiles are made. This
is a great last minute contribution to classroom party, because you can
keep the ingredients in the cupboard indefinitely.
This has 3 other virtues:† the children can help make
it; their friends will think youíre great, because the other moms will have contributed something
dull such as carrot sticks, or granola bars; it is so easy
that even a father can do it
Below the basic recipe, are simple variations
18 ounces Semisweet
Chocolate (3 cups chips or 18 squares)
1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk (Not
1 jar Marshmallow Cream
Put the Chocolate in a
large heatproof glass bowl. I like to use a 2-quart measuring cup because it has
a handle. Pour the Sweetened Condensed Milk over the Chocolate. Place in the
microwave for 3 minutes on high. That time is for a 700-Watt microwave. This can
also be done over boiling water if you donít have a microwave. Stir until the Chocolate
and Milk are thoroughly blended. Stir in the Marshmallow Cream until the streaks are gone.
Pour into an oiled, 8 or 9 inch square pan. Thatís all;
when it is cool, it is finished.
Bittersweet:† Use half Unsweetened
Baking Chocolate instead of Semisweet. You can experiment with proportions of different
varieties until you find what you prefer.
Nut:† Add 1 cup of toasted nuts. Raw nuts are
why home made candies donít always seem as nice as the commercial variety. To toast:
place in a dry skillet over medium heat, stir constantly until golden
brown, pour onto a plate to cool.
Mint, Raspberry, and Orange:† Add 2
teaspoons of any of the above extracts
Mexican:† Add 2
teaspoons Vanilla and a teaspoon of Cinnamon.
Mocha:† Add a tablespoon of Instant Coffee
dissolved in 2 teaspoons of Rum Flavoring.
Use Peanut Butter flavored chips, rather than Chocolate, or stir 1 cup
of Peanut Butter chips into Chocolate Fudge.
Marble:† Make 1
batch using Semisweet Chocolate Chips, and 1 White Chips. Fill a large oblong
pan with alternating spoonfuls of each color. Swirl with a