When I was a little girl, we didn’t have many family traditions. That was probably because we also didn’t have very much money ;o) so my mom had to struggle and juggle just to make any kind of Christmas happen at our house. Of course, I didn’t realize that at the time, but as I grew up and observed other families and read about traditions surrounding holidays, I determined that one of the things I would bring into the lives of my children was an emphasis on family and especially on traditions that they could keep in their hearts and in their memories.
Over the years, I have collected numerous recipes for holiday foods, especially candies, cookies, and pastries. Candy Cane Fudge is one of the things that I discovered just a few years ago, and we have been making it every Christmas since! It is so simple, quick and easy, but it is beautifully festive and makes a delightful gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, or anyone who already has everything. We make it up in single batches, because it is really the yummiest when it is fresh, and then package it up in small packages on holiday paper plates or small holiday-decorated glass dishes, wrap it in clear plastic wrap, and tie it up with a brightly colored bow with a little gift tag. Everyone we have ever given it to loves it!
If you are looking for a fun gift-giving project to do this holiday season, give this one a try! You’ll love it . . . . and even though we try throughout the rest of the year to limit our sugar intake, we do splurge a bit at the holidays. I would love to hear how yours turns out, so be sure to leave me a comment if you make a batch of your own Candy Cane Fudge. Have a great Friday and a restful weekend, Nina
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons mint extract
- 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, salt, evaporated milk, and butter, and stil until the sugar melts. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil stirring constantly, for five minutes.
After five minutes, remove from the heat and stir in the marshmallows, white chocolate chips, and mint extract. Pour the mixture into an 8 X 8 pan that has been lined with aluminum foil or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
* Optional: Sprinkle drops of red food coloring over the top, and stir once or twice, creating red swirls. Do not over-stir, otherwisethe candy will turn pink. Place in the refrigerator to set the fudge for at leastone hour.
I remember my mama telling me that “Necessity is the motherhood of invention,” and of course when I was 8 years old I had no clue what she was talking about. But as the years have gone by, I definitely have had to figure it out on several occasions!
When we were making the fudge yesterday, I knew that I had some red food coloring in my kitchen, because I bought a little box of the four different colors when we made the lollipops last week. But . . . I know my Miss Curiosity and her propensity to “figure it out” by experimentation, and after she got red food coloring all over her hands last week, I put that little box of food coloring away . . . . someplace. I hid it from the girls so I wouldn’t walk in the kitchen and discover them (along with the walls, counter-tops, and floor) covered in a rainbow of colors. And then I couldn’t remember where I hid it!
Still don’t remember . . . . so that is when I decided to use the red and white sugar crystals, and I actually think it is much prettier than with the red swirls through it. So, there you have it! And trust me – it really is yummy!