Be A Hero With Last Minute Christmas Fudge

How can it possibly be almost Christmas already? For someone who had most of her Christmas shopping done by December 1, I’ve fallen waaaaaaay behind.

Pretty much everybody in publishing (except me!) takes it easy during the second half of December, which means that all of my deadlines fell between December 19 and this morning. Which, of course, is exactly when my son decided to quit napping and learn how to throw spectacular tantrums…Merry Christmas to me.

Fudge-with-Marshmallows

So this year is all about shortcuts — Christmas cards become New Year’s cards, the wrapping paper isn’t as fancy and I scrapped time-consuming cookies in favor of this super easy fudge.

It’s delicious, pretty enough to give as a gift and it’s really the easiest thing ever. You can find the ingredients anywhere (as you can see, there’s no brand loyalty in our house!) the prep takes just a few minutes and then you pop it into the fridge and forget about it.

No baking, no candy thermometers, no stress — at least something is simple this holiday season!

Fudge-Ingredients

So even if you’re reading this late on Christmas Eve, you can still be a hero and show up at Christmas with homemade holiday goodies tow. Here’s how.

Easy Christmas Fudge
1 tsp unsalted butter
14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups of miniature marshmallows
2 cups of mix-ins if desired (I used marshmallows, but there are other options listed below)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Fudge-Ingredients-to-Melt

Cover the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9-inch pan with aluminum foil.
Coat the bottom and sides of the foil-covered pan with a thin layer of butter.
Pop the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and 2 cups of miniature marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl and mix well.
Microwave for 1 minute, then stir.
Heat another 1 1/2 minutes and stir until smooth.
Add vanilla
Add mix-ins until covered with chocolate (mix much longer and they’ll melt — especially if you use marshmallows like I did)
Spoon mixture into foil-covered pan and press lightly until smooth
Cover with foil and refrigerate at least two hours
Once chilled, grab the foil and lift the fudge out.
Remove foil and place on a cutting surface.
Cut into 1 inch squares and serve

Fudge-Gift-Baskets

Arrange the fudge on pretty plates, cookie tins or sweet gift bags like these that I scored at Target or just pop it back in the pan for easy transport.

Variations:
Want a more milk chocolate-y fudge? Try two cups of semisweet chocolate chips and one cup of milk chocolate chips.

Want a dark chocolate fudge? Mix two cups of semisweet chocolate chips with one cup of dark chocolate chips.

Fudge-Varieties

Make it pretty by melting chocolate chips in a contrasting color and drizzling the mixture over the brick of un-cut fudge. Refrigerate another hour to chill.

Have fun with mix-ins. Try mini-chocolate chips, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, chopped Andes mints, cashews, walnuts or pecans.

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