Saturday, December 20, 2008

Carnation Famous Fudge

This is a classic, delicious, creamy and very simple fudge. It sets up beautifully, and is not too soft--it ages to crunchy yet melt-in-your-mouth perfection. You can substitute butterscotch, milk chocolate, peanut butter, or mint chips. Several years ago I bought a Carnation fudge "kit" at Costco, complete with all the necessary ingredients and little paper fudge pans for gift-giving. If you don't want to buy a kit somewhere, or would rather make a whole bunch, you can just use this recipe.

This year I made a double batch, and just used a whole 12-ounce can of evaporated milk. Carnation brand, of course. I also used a bunch of chopped walnuts, not just 1 cup. I didn't measure, but it was probably closer to 2 cups. (Number One loves walnuts)

The recipe exists in myriad incarnations all over the internet, but this is from the official Carnation/Nestle Brand website. (that explains the brand-name dropping below that I usually try to avoid)

Note: it is essential to measure out all of your ingredients ahead of time, because you will be standing at the stove top stirring the whole time. I put the marshmallows, chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla into a bowl so I could just dump it all in together when it was time.

{picture in the morning when we slice it up!}

Carnation Famous Fudge

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 48 pieces
Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

LINE 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.

COMBINE sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

STIR in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.

1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels for Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.

1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels for Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.

1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels for Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels and 1/2 cup chopped peanuts for pecans or walnuts.

FOR MINT CHOCOLATE FUDGE: Substitute 1 1/2 cups mint-chocolate chips for semisweet chips.


nancy said...

sohappy to find this been looking forever my Dad use to make it all the time he has past on and I so wanted my grand children to share the special thing my Dad did for me THANK YOU SO MUCH! god bless

Min said...

Nancy, you are very welcome! It is so important to pass on family traditions. Enjoy.

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