Nothing is easy for 11 year old, Peter Hatcher. It’s hard enough to have an impossible little brother like Fudge, but now there’s a new baby coming. And if this baby is anything like Fudge, that’s it – Peter is moving out! Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse, Peter finds out that Fudge will be in kindergarten at the same school where he’ll be in 6th grade!-judyblume.com

Judy Blume b. 2.12.38

Fudge with Fruit and Nuts
Ingredients
3 c (570 g) Sugar
1 14 1/2 oz (430 ml) can Evaporated Milk (old size we can’t find, so we do a 12oz. + 2 1/2)
1/2 c (120g) Butter
12 oz (340 g) Dark Chocolate bits
1/2 lb (225 g) Marshmallow (@32 regular size)
4-6 oz (115-170 g) walnut halves
(Optional) 6 oz (170 g) Raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or whatever dried fruit you like
(Optional) @ 1/2 c (120 ml) Dark Rum, Kahlua, Brandy, or whatever alcohol pairs well with your dried fruit
1. Combine sugar, milk, and butter. Cook to soft ball stage stirring constantly. (Bring everything to a simmer then lower the heat to med.- med-low.  It should bubble well without getting crazy.  Stir regularly, and especially more frequently as the mix thickens.  After each stir session, wipe the sides of the pan with water and a brush so it stays clean and prevents big sugar crystals (source of grainy fudge.) It takes about 45 min – 1 hr to reach the soft ball stage or 235° F.  Soft ball stage is where if you drop some of the mix into a bowl of cold water, you are able to make a “soft ball” when it cools a bit and you take it out of the water.
2. (Optional) While candy cooks, combine dried fruit and alcohol in a bowl and macerate for at least 30 min.
3. Lightly butter an approx. 8″x11″ dish.
4. Remove from heat, add bits and marshmallows. Stir till blended.
5. Add walnuts. (Optional – Drain macerated fruit and add.) Stir till combined.

6. Pour into buttered dish. (Allow to cool @ 5 min., or until you can touch the fudge without it sticking to your hand, then pat down the fudge into an even layer.  Leave untouched until completely cool (@ 2 hrs) then cut into bit sized pieces.  Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and give to friends, loved ones, and save a secret stash for yourself to eat.)
by White on Rice Couple
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