Saturday, February 24, 2018

Christmas Fudge

I think today I will make my Christmas Fudge. Annie was telling me that she don’t like the marshmallow fudge. And I thought to myself, “Is she for REAL???” I thought everyone liked the chocolate marshmallow fudge. But she has to be difficult and like the “Old-Fashioned Fudge” that ya gotta beat with a wooden spoon. Well, while she is givin’ her fudge a beatin’ I will be happily eating mine. “While she is beatin’ I will be eatin’.” Well, Annie should make fudge every week, so she can beat the heck out of something.

Anyway, my fudge is called EASY Fudge or “Never Fail Fudge.” The recipe is on the back of the marshmallow cream jar. I make it once a year at Christmas and it makes a lot. I mean, if you go to buy the fudge at the mall, it costs plenty. But this recipe on the marshmallow cream jar is just as good and rich and sure a lot fresher … and it makes 3 pounds. That is a lot of rich Christmas Chocolate.

I sometimes buy a can of mixed nuts and put this into my candy. But you may just want to use peanuts or walnuts or pecans. I don’t crush the nuts up; I leave them whole. And when you cut the fudge you cut right through the nuts. It’s a nice clean cut. But, anyway, I won’t write out the recipe because if you plan to make this fudge, you need the marshmallow cream, anyway, and the recipe is on the back of the jar. I just dug around in my freezer and found some fresh walnuts in a bag, so I will use walnuts to make our Christmas Fudge.

In the old days, I used to buy a jar of marshmallow cream at Christmas and, if I didn’t hide it right away, Dan and David and the boys would all get into it and try to eat it. So when I would go to make my fudge, the marshmallow cream would be half eaten. So if ya think about it, when ya go to the store to get the marshmallow cream, if its on sale, buy two. One for the fudge and one for the kids to sneak into.

A nice thing to do with your Christmas Fudge after you make it? Well, you can go to the Salvation Army and get the most lovely Christmas tins. I just take mine home and wash them out real good. And then I line mine with the light tissue paper that is a buck for about 10 big pieces … it’s beautiful paper and I would have died for it in the 70s. But, anyway, line your tin with the tissue, and then put a layer of plastic wrap over the tssue so the candy won’t melt through. But this makes a nice candy box to put on the table for the holidays. And, of course, this recipe makes 3 pounds of candy. You could give some of this fudge away for a Christmas gift, wrapped in pretty Christmas tissue and a nice Christmas tin. We used to do this and, oh folks, love fudge for Christmas.

I buy a container of the old fashioned hard candy at Christmas. (Mary always loved to get into that when she was little.) It only costs 2 bucks at the Dollar Store for a big can. And, often, if I was giving fudge away for Christmas, I would sprinkle some of the hard candy in my tin along with the fudge to make it festive.

And you need a heavy pan to make your fudge. I love my old pan I got at the Salvation Army right after Thanksgiving … the one with the big heavy red lid? The pot is black and is like a cross between a cast iron and an enamel. The red lid is enamel but very heavy, like cast iron. But I have had a ball with this pan ever since I got it. I have made lots of soup in it.,And it has a nice heavy bottom, and this will be perfect for candy makin’.

You could use your heavy cast iron dutch oven to make your fudge, too. I usually use mine each year. But this year, I am using my new pan, as it is a bit lighter. And I have to hold it and scrape the candy out at the same time. So a lighter pan will be easier to work with.

The kids get such a kick out of me when I show them my big pan with the red lid on my stove. I just think it is cute.

Also, when I got my last stove I got a small white stove, as my kitchen is so small. I call it my Minnie Mouse Stove, as my kitchen looks like Minnie Mouse cooks in it, anyway. But this little white stove reminds me of the 1920s stoves. The ovens in them were so small. But the Mothers cooked huge meals in them.

When Papa and me were first married, we had this apartment that had a huge kitchen. It was really old fashioned and I loved it. It had very little counter space, as the kitchen cupboards went from the ceiling to the floor. The ceilings were very high, of course, probably 10 ft high. You had to practically get a ladder to get into the highest cupboard. I didn’t even use these cupboards, as I was just a young wife with barely any dishes anyway. But I filled up the lower cupboards.

Anyway, this kitchen had an old white stove in it from the 30s or 40s. The stove had 2 ovens in it with 2 thermostats. The small oven, you used for every day, and the big oven was for big family meals. But you could have 2 things goin’ on at the same time, as each oven had its own temp control. I loved baking bread in the big oven and baking the family meal in the other side.

Happy Cookin’

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