Making Fudge with Jenny and Heidi

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Let's Make Fudge - Cashew Caramel Fudge dineanddish.net Yesterday, my friend Jenny invited me over for her huge annual fudge making day! Jenny has been doing this tradition with friends for the past 9 years and I was honored to take part. On the docket for the day was 11 different fudge recipes…some perfected over time, others new experiments added on this year. All of the recipes turned out to be fantastic… I can’t wait to re-create them in my own house.

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Swirling-smallGirls-Cooking-in-KitchenAs the newbie to the group, I did a lot more observing (and picture taking) than anything else. I made two of the recipes and then left the rest up to the masters themselves.

I have a traditional cookie baking day with a friend of mine, but I think fudge might be the way to go! It seemed a lot easier and there are so many chocolate fudge recipes out there which means you can have a huge variety at the end of a cooking day. Imagine all the great holiday gifts Jenny will be able to make up for friends and neighbors with so much fudge to give. I love this fudge making day tradition and feel honored to have been included in on it this year!

I made a quick video (so not my forte) of the day with some of the highlights. I hope you’ll click through and watch it! Also, below I’ve shared the recipe for my favorite fudge recipe out of the ones that we made yesterday. Caramel Cashew Fudge tastes just like a Mr Goodbar candybar… one of my favorite! I hope you enjoy!

Caramel Cashew Fudge from www.dineanddish.net

Caramel Cashew Fudge Recipe
 
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Caramel Cashew Fudge is made with semisweet baking chips, fluffy marshmallow cream and salty cashews, for a wonderful treat from my friend Jenny's recipe collection.
Serves: 80 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups BAKER’S Chocolate Chunks
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 24 caramels, quartered
  • ¾ cup salted cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rapid boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chunks and marshmallow creme until melted. Fold in the caramels, cashews and vanilla.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Once set, cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container.

Disclosure: I’m proud to be a compensated brand ambassador for Kraft Foods. All opinions expressed are my own. For additional Christmas Recipes, make sure to visit the Kraft Foods holiday and baking page. 

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