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Making Fudge with Jenny and Heidi

I’m honored to be a part of the 2013 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry! 

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

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 80 servings

Caramel Cashew Fudge Recipe

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.


  • 1/2 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
  • 3/4 cup salted cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  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.
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  1. Fudge that uses marshmallow is always my favorite….and I love me a cashew!

  2. Fudge making day??!?! Baaahhhhhh that’s so fun!

  3. I loved the video! Looks like such a fun time – it reminds me of how we used to make fudge and candy with my mom every holiday season for friends and family!

  4. Jackie Davis says:

    Great idea! Lots of fun.

  5. Umm…if videos aren’t your forte then I’d love to see something that is because that video is fabulous! And now I want fudge. And marshmallows. And coffee. (Can you tell I’m tired?) xo

  6. I love it!!! What a fun way to sound some time. And um… I would have to disagree… you did a GREAT video!

  7. Now I want to host a fudge making party just so I can experience all the fudge making fun. That is one delicious list. Pinning this recipe.

  8. What an absolutely fun day!!! I am so craving fudge right now…in fact so much, that I think I’m going to go make some :-) Love the video too!!! It was great!

  9. Awe!! I love the video and the idea of a whole day committed to making fudge! Seriously, you have the nicest friends and they have great recipes too!

  10. What a fun tradition! And this fudge – ahhhmazing!!

  11. Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge. I AM IN HEAVEN!!!

    xoxo ~Shari

  12. I’m a great fan of fudge-the ones with nuts as well-very chewy and delicious :-)

  13. What a great day and tradition to be a part of. I do an annual baking day with my mom every year and we talked about making some fudge! All of those fudge recipes sound amazing!!

  14. We have a cookie making day too- but now I kind of want to add fudge in there :)

  15. Your recipe says: “2.In a large heavy saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and remaining butter. ”

    Remaining butter is throwing me, step 1 didn’t call for butter?? Do you use the 2 tsp to butter the pan? and use the 1/2 cup in step 2?

    Sounds yummy!

    • I’m so sorry and thank you for catching it! It should just be 1/2 cup in step 2… I used cooking spray instead of butter but you could also butter the pan instead! I’ve fixed the recipe… thank you so much!

  16. This looks yummy. Fudge is always a favorite of mine.

    Thoughts in Progress

  17. Fudge just screams Christmas. Looks like fun!

  18. You guys look like you are having way too much fun! I love cashews and caramel and in fudge…heaven!

  19. That sounds like so much fun!

  20. I bet you two had fun! This fudge sounds wonderful :)

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