Most people agree anytime of the year is a good time to make one of these 2 quick fudge recipes that are also easy to to prepare. One uses only 3 basic ingredients while the other has just 5. They are ingredients many people already have in their pantries so you can whip up fudge whenever you have the desire for some tasty chocolate. Fudge is also an ideal gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day and birthdays.
A Brief History of Fudge
Soft, chocolate fudge is an all-time favorite for occasions such as Valentine's Day and Christmas. Did you ever wonder how this delightful treat originated? The American-style fudge that contains chocolate is traced back to a letter in 1886. Emily Battersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, wrote about a schoolmate's cousin who made fudge in Baltimore, Maryland. The fudge was sold for 40 cents a pound, a bargain in today's market.
By 1888, Harridge got her hands on the fudge recipe and made 30 pounds of this irresistible confection for the Vassar College Senior Auction. It was a hit and Vassar became known for this sweet treat for years to come. Word spread fast and soon fudge was being made at other women's colleges such as Smith and Wellesley. By the late 19th century, a similar confection was being sold by shops catering to summer vacationers on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Today there are many varieties of fudge and everyone is making it. Even a novice can whip up this captivating confection with these 2 fast fudge recipes.
The Quickest Nutty Fudge You'll Ever Make
Are you short on time but want big flavor? This is the quickest fudge recipe you'll ever see. Simply get a container of chocolate or vanilla flavored frosting (about 16 oz) and a jar of smooth or chunky peanut butter (about 16 oz). Have a 9" square pan ready for the fudge. You can use a heat-resistant glass dish, a metal one lined with foil or a disposable aluminum pan. Also pick up a bag of chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.
In a medium sized pot, melt the frosting then slowly add the peanut butter on low heat. It takes about 10 minutes to melt together. Keep stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon so it does not stick or burn. When it is melted together, pour the mixture into the pan and smooth it with a spoon then cool for a couple of minutes. Top it off with a light sprinkling of chocolate or peanut butter chips. Refrigerate the fudge for a couple of hours until it is firm then cut into squares. The vanilla frosting mixed with peanut butter has a nutty taste. The chocolate frosting with peanut butter is like a chocolate nut fudge, especially when you use chunky peanut butter.
A Fabulous Fast Fudge Recipe Featuring Chocolate
If you have a little more time and don't like nuts, this is a delicious chocolate fudge recipe that taste like grandma made it. To prepare it, you'll need:
¼ cup of milk (yes, I have used lowfat but regular makes it richer)
½ cup of unsweetened cocoa (Nestle is fantastic)
1 stick of butter (4 oz)
1 16 oz box of sifted confectioners sugar
A bag of chocolate chips (Nestle or Ghirardelli are decadent)
8' square pan
Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot on low heat. Slowly stir in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add the milk and stir until the mixture is smooth yet thick. Pour the mixture into the 8' square pan, smooth with a spoon or spatula then let it cool for a few minutes. Top off with a few chocolate chips then put the pan into the refrigerator for a couple of hours. When it feels firm, slice the fudge into squares and enjoy it.
Both of these recipes can be made in a bowl in the microwave by simply putting the ingredients together and melting them for a minute or two then stirring. However, many people such as myself still prefer to avoid the microwave and cook on the stove. HULIQ also has a mouthwatering microwave fudge recipe that is sure to please any palate and you don't need to be seasoned cook to make it. A quick tip - put a bit of butter at the bottom of the square pan so it is easier to remove the fudge. If you use foil lining, you can pull it right out of the pan. From Christmas gifts to a Valentine's Day treat, fudge is something everyone loves to nibble on. You can put the fudge in a decorative tin to make a beautiful presentation to someone special. If you feel like spending more time in the kitchen, below is a recipe for classic old-fashioned fudge.
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