Christmas Baking 2016 – EASY MICROWAVE FUDGE
Hi! I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11, Grandmelina to 2!
For years I’ve been making and selling fudge. This Christmas I retire. Already I feel the freedom!
I have really, really enjoyed my customers and the other vendors. I will miss everyone tremendously, but now is the time for family. We can only stretch ourselves in so many directions when we realize it’s time to sit back and decide what is most important. And you never know, I may be back before you know it.
Most of my fudge is based on this recipe and variations of this recipe. You can add things to it – like caramel pieces and pecans – and make something totally new. Or add some colour and flavouring – like orange – and you again have made something to tickle your taste buds.
You can check out this post for some flavour ideas.
But first you start with the basics.
I like to use Merckens chocolate flavoured wafers. It sets nicely as fudge. I’ve recently used another brand that just won’t set as fudge – but still tastes great. You can also try your favourite chocolate chips. Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk also tastes better than some of the other brands.
Oh yes, it is also GLUTEN FREE (check your individual ingredients to make sure they are gluten free).
This is a great addition to every Christmas dessert platter and will bring many little moans of enjoyment.
EASY CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA MICROWAVE FUDGE
Makes a 9×9 inch pan. Double for a 9×13 inch pan.
- 1 pound of chocolate or vanilla flavoured wafers
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- butter or oil spray
- aluminum foil
- 9×9 inch pan
First, prepare your pan. Line your pan with aluminum foil. Next, grease the aluminum foil in your pan with butter or spray with oil spray. Make sure it is well covered in grease so that your fudge will remove easily
Using a glass bowl, melt your chocolate or vanilla flavoured wafers in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each 20 seconds until it is all melted. If some lumps remain, don’t worry – just proceed with the recipe. After it is well stirred, add in your sweetened condensed milk and stir well. You will notice that the fudge thickens as you stir. After the sweetened condensed milk is completely stirred in, you are ready to pour your fudge into your prepared pan. Allow to set overnight or for several hours.
Remove your fudge from the pan and remove the aluminum foil. Cut into 1 inch pieces and enjoy!
note: You may also want to freeze your fudge to enjoy later. After your fudge has set, your can wrap the fudge in large pieces or wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap, put in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.