Peppermint fudge

 

You will need:

  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tb. butter + extra for buttering the dish
  • 1 lb. dark chocolate chips/chunks
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Chunks
Notes before starting: The key to a good fudge texture is acheived by slowly melting the chocolate into the mixture. If you heat it too fast you will get a grainy fudge. This is why the best way to heat the chocolate is over a pot of water, in a glass bowl. You could also do this in the microwave is desired, in 30 second increments on medium heat. If the fudge ends up grainy, it has been heated to quickly and is starting to dry out already. You can fix this! Just add about 1/4-1/2 cup of water to the mixture to bring the temperature back up.
Instructions
Grease an 8×8 baking dish with butter. Sprinkle half of the peppermint chunks in the dish. Place a large sauce pot over medium heat with 2 inches of water. Place a glass bowl over the top so the bowl does not touch the water.
Pour the condensed milk and butter in the bowl and heat. Add the chocolate chips ans salt. Stir the mixture for about 5 minutes as it melts together and thickens. (It should thicken to the consistency of a really thick cake batter.) Next add the peppermint and vanilla extracts and mix well.
Pour the mixture over the peppermint chunks in your baking dish. Tap the dish on the counter for at least a minute to allow air bubbles to rise. Sprinkle remaining peppermint chips over the top and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before eating.
To cut cleanly, dip a sharp knife in hot water, wip and cute quickly. Dip and wipe the knife after every cut.
recipe adapted from: here.
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