Candy Making

Another one of my favorite Christmas traditions is candy making. This tradition goes back at least as far as my great grandmother and, accordingly, my grandma and aunts have all kept it up. Each year we make batches of anything from caramels, caramel nougat pinwheels, English toffee, truffles, fudge, turtles… you name it. Then we--my mom, grandma, aunts, and now ME--deliver platefuls to friends and neighbors to spread Christmas cheer… and sweets.

This year I made caramel, fudge, and turtles with various family. I used my Grandmother’s delicious yet super easy fudge recipe which is…

Fudge (naturally gluten free)
1. In a large pot place the following:
1 12oz pkg of milk chocolate morsels/chips (If you want it more chocolate-y add a bit more.)
1 lb Hershey bars grated or chopped up
1 7oz jar of marshmallow cream or 1 pkg marshmallows cut in small pieces (If you don’t like yours too marshmallow-y then add a bit less. I usually do a little less.)
2 tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla
Set mixture aside.

2. In another pot place
4 ½ c sugar
1 large can evaporated milk.
Stir until sugar is completely dissolved then place on stove. Wash the sides of the kettle and cover for a few moments. After a full rolling boil is reached continue boiling for 7 minutes, stirring constantly.

3. Remove from heat and immediately pour over the prepared mixture from step 1. Stir rapidly to melt the chocolate and marshmallow. Beat for several minutes until fudge begins to set.

4. Add 2 cups nuts if desired.

5. When thick, pour on a large, buttered sheet pan (like a deep cookie sheet) and allow to set until firm enough to cut. If you plan on chocolate dipping this fudge, make it the day before.

(Note: Both my Grandma and Grandpa grew up making fudge with their mothers and each have excellent recipes. Hilariously enough, the two of them have an annual fudge off where they each make their respective fudge to determine which is better. And each year they decide their own fudge is still the best. My thoughts: they’re both delicious. I’d take either one. My Grandpa’s recipe, however, isn’t written down anywhere so I can only share my Grandma’s now.)

My cousin Morgan, Grandma, and I made turtles.

Stirring the caramel.

Isn’t she a babe?

Grandma selected the position of supervisor and taster, which 
she did just wonderfully. What a classy woman!

Do you like how we ended up making the lazy kind of turtles? …meaning rather than perfectly place four nuts as “turtle legs” we just sort of dumped them out, plopped some caramel on, topped them off with some chocolate, and were done. Yummy!

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