My house is quiet and dark. For several sweet hours a day, my kids are in camp while I get a chance to remember what life was like B.C. (before children) and inhale the sweet nectar of freedom.
Here’s the ultimate perk of being a teacher. For two unpaid months (yep, I inserted that word on purpose), I get a taste of what it’s like to be a stay at home mom. It’s great for these two months. I would not be able to do it year-round and maintain my sanity. Especially if there was no camp.
But for now, I’m remembering what life was like when I could just while away the day. Like, spend the whole day eating dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie chips without having to share with grubby hands. And fudge. Oh, the fudge I eat in summer. Summer is a fudge season.
If you doubt me, look no further than the beach. Every beach town worth its saltwater has fudge shops. Believe me. I’ve been to every single one. If a beach town has five fudge shops, I’ll visit all five, pressing my nose against the glass cases while taking inner notes. It’s my favorite kind of research!
Once upon a time, I would wake up in the summer, eat a leisurely breakfast complete with newspaper reading, work out, and go back to bed. I’d emerge sometime in the late morning to run errands, or meet a friend for lunch, or lie out on the deck with a cold drink. After lunch naps were always an option, along with TV watching and crossword puzzle time.
Plus, I had my projects. For a few summers I took tap dancing. Another summer, voice lessons. One year I sat down and wrote a 250-page novel just for the heck of it. I like to keep busy. And this summer, I still have my projects.
But I also have my leisure time back. Sure, I get up super early and exercise before getting the kids bundled off to camp with their swimsuits and hats and sunscreen and lunches. Sure, I have to pick them up after it’s all over. But those in-between hours are golden. I have more time to sit and think, to run errands without having to appease grouchy kids, to write in a quiet space. And of course, more time to eat fudge.
This fudge especially. My intense fondness for Hannah Max Cookie Chips has brought us here. As you know if you read regularly, I contacted the company a while back to ask to work with them. That’s how much I love their addictive product. And today’s recipe comes from one of my favorite flavors: the dark chocolate chocolate chip.
To make this fudge, you line the bottom of a pan with a layer of cookie chips. Then, chocolate fudge gets poured on top. It gets wilder after that. Another layer of cookie chips goes on top of that chocolate fudge before a white chocolate layer gets piled on. And for the season, July 4th sprinkles!
This fudge is crunchy. It’s creamy. It’s amazing. And I dare any beach town fudge shop to come up with something as completely satisfying. If you’ve never had cookie chips before, that’s a shame, but it can be remedied. Trying it in this black and white cookie chips fudge is a great place to start!
As I sit here, relishing the temporary solitude and the equally short summer (its lease hath all too short a date and all that, ya know), I’m glad that fudge is here to keep me company in these quiet, productive hours. It’s a great companion!
A product for this post was provided by Hannah Max Cookie Chips. All opinions are my own.
Black and White Cookie Chips Fudge
1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
1 package Hannah Max dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie chips, divided
White Chocolate Fudge
2 cups white chocolate chips
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
- Line an 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil, using enough to hang over the sides. Coat with cooking spray.
- Place one layer of cookie chips on the bottom of the pan, covering the area completely with a combination of whole and broken cookie chip pieces.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together for 2 minutes.
- Remove and stir until smooth. Spread the fudge carefully over the cookie chips in the pan. Press another layer of cookie chips on top of the chocolate fudge. Set aside.
- Make the white chocolate layer. On the stove over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips with the condensed milk, stirring constantly, until the mixture is melted and smooth.
- Remove from the heat. Spread gently over the bottom layer. Add the sprinkles.
- Chill for 2-3 hours until set. Allow to come to room temperature. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.
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I haven’t made fudge since Christmas (it’s usually a one a year kind of think, but I think I could break that rule for these), and now I am really craving it. I hope you get to enjoy all of these to yourself 😉
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate by Dannii
It’s so NOT a once a year kind of thing, Dannii! Don’t let them trick you. Fudge is for summer, too!
Sounds like you’re enjoying your freedom, Mir! I’m sure that’s a nice break for you. And this fudge looks amazing! I love that it’s combined with cookies. Sounds like it provides the perfect crunch!
Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Peach Almond Breakfast Quinoa
I’m having a nice time working in the quiet kitchen for sure, Gayle! My baking productivity has gone up 110% since camp started.
What an incredible looking fudge, Mir! And those tiny sprinkles on top look so adorable! Lovely recipe! Would love to have two of these right now! 🙂
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen recently posted…Strawberry Cheesecake Dip For Fruits and Snacks
Just two, Anu? I’ve eaten a lot more than that! 🙂
This sounds so decadent and lovely Mir! I love the sprinkles on top! I’m glad you are enjoying your little break 🙂
Sam @ SugarSpunRun recently posted…Chocolate Raspberry Galettes
Thanks, Sam! Teaching does have its perks!
This looks SO decadent!! Hope you’re enjoying the start to your summer 🙂 🙂
Sues recently posted…Cheddar Cups with Avocado Feta Mousse
It’s totally decadent, Sues. A great start to my vacay. 😉
Mir, “inhale the sweet nectar of freedom.” oh my gawd, I love this .. yeah being at home full-time is definitely challenging. . this is probably why I run and have cookies. . and fudge. 🙂 Reading this made me think back to my summers (pre-marriage and pre-kids) and damn I was not as productive! at all! But I am with you sister on those golden “in-between hours”. . thank you God for summer camps! and this fudge!!! love!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted…Light Asian Noodle Salad
I know. As a kid, I wondered why my parents sent me to camp. NOW I know. I’m super in awe of you for staying home. Running and cookies does sound like the answer!
perfect way to start summer vacay! …this looks like thick creamy deliciouse-ness! I love that you added white chocolate on top 😉
Michele @ Two Raspberries recently posted…Healthy + Easy Lemon Lime Sorbet
Fudge is my favourite chocolatey treat, and I love the white chocolate top – mm it sounds so rich and creamy – just my kind of dessert. Love it Mir!
Harriet Emily recently posted…ILLUSTRATION: CROW
My kind too, Harriet Emily!
looks like you are enjoying the break Mir! 🙂 love the fudge!
Manali @ CookWithManali recently posted…Quinoa Kale Salad with Sriracha Almond
Thanks, Manali! I’m having too much fun here!
Fudge is totally a summer treat, especially because it’s no bake! I’ll be cranking up my microwave to make tons of fudge over the next few months – it’s over 100 degrees and I can’t fathom using my oven!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Cherry Peach Dump Cake
Ugh, no ovens in over 100 degrees. Fudge is totally summer!
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Your summer is sounding pretty perfect! And this fudge is pretty perfect too! This would be dangerous for me!!
Cate | Chez CateyLou recently posted…Mango Coconut Donuts
Gotta admit, Cate, I’m loving it. It’s like having the best of both worlds: working most of the time, but being an at-home mom for a couple of months. Of course, if I’m home, I eat all the fudge. Oh, well!
This looks so decadent and delicious! I personally think that sprinkles, although they’re optional, should ALWAYS be added 😉 Sprinkles make everything better, right? This fudge looks like the perfect summer-time treat! 😀
Exactly. Why would you NOT add sprinkles? It’s baffling to me! 🙂