As you may already know, I make a lot of fudge this time of year. A lot.
It’s hard not to, when it’s so easy to make people happy by giving the gift of fudge for very little effort. I’d rather put the hard work into maintaining friendships and being a good person rather than standing over a stove top with a candy thermometer. Not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive, of course.
As my wise brother pointed out to me last week, there is something about the combo of white chocolate and mint that is just meant to be. So in honor of him, here’s a white chocolate fudge filled with holiday mint-flavored M & Ms. In one bite, you get both crunchy and creamy sweetness. It’s the best!
It’s important to move with the times, and in case you haven’t noticed, food blogs are all about incorporating video now. That means that just as I’m starting to figure out this whole photography thing, I am now going to have to become a cinematographer as well. It’s cool. I hope you enjoy my first effort, which took me far too many hours to complete!
Yep, it’s a first try, so don’t be too harsh. I’ll get better at it, okay? Film editing software ain’t no joke.
But you know, it’s important to learn new things. It’s good for our minds, which need to be exercised and challenged, and it’s also protection against our kids making fun of us for being out of the loop.
Since I teach high school, I’m more up-to-date than most adults about fashion, slang, and popular trends. In my deluded mind, this awareness keeps me young. But even with that added edge, I still feel like getting older is something to resist, both physically (who doesn’t love the gym?) and mentally (let’s make a video!).
Seriously, all the kids today make videos. It’s like they absorbed the skill in utero. When I was struggling to edit a clip, my son looked over my shoulder and shook his head. “No, Mommy. You have to press ‘split’ and then ‘detach.'” And he’s all of seven and a half. As far as I know, nobody’s taught him how to do this. He just knows, somehow.
Luckily, some of my knowledge transcends age, and making fudge is part of that. The best part about fudge is that it’s really hard to mess up. Unless, that is, the whole pan tips off the fridge shelf while setting. Yep. We’d best not speak of that.
The only caution I’ll issue is that when you’re working with white chocolate, you can’t overheat it. It’s much fussier than regular chocolate and will seize up if you look at it funny. Its feelings are very tender. So in the recipe below, follow the instructions to the word. That’s right, creative soul out there who wants to tweak it! Do that next time. For now, just follow the leader.
I’m getting older, but I hope that means I’m getting wiser, too. I’m definitely learning as I go, and I hope that you feel the same. Life should be full of lessons, even the ones that are best left to the next generation to master. Let’s learn all we can while we have the chance!
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
1 cup Holiday Mint M & Ms
extra M & Ms for the top (as shown in video)
Line an 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil, using enough to hang over the sides. Coat with cooking spray. This will allow your fudge to release easily once it's set.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together for exactly one minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the chocolate into the condensed milk vigorously until everything is melted and smooth.
Add the M & Ms and mix them in gently, or the color will streak.
Pour the mixture into your prepared pan. Even out the top with a spatula.
Chill for three hours until set.
Using a sharp knife, cut into small squares. Serve or store in an airtight container.
I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner.
This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker.
Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.
I’m about to go on a little rant here. Y’all ready?
I have very strong feelings about food safety. A few years ago, Nestle released a batch of tainted cookie dough and a few people ate it raw. One woman died. And Nestle closed their plant to clean it and disinfect it, but the bottom line is, somebody made a huge mistake.
The same thing has happened with bags of salad mix. I mean, really. Tainted spinach? And peanut butter. How did salmonella get into peanut butter? And of course, eggs and raw meats are always an issue.
About a year ago, I embarked upon a kindness project. It’s not much, but I decided to bake something for each co-worker’s birthday. You see, every time someone did me a random act of kindness, I’d just feel so grateful. And kind of guilty, too, because I wasn’t doing enough back. So the birthday baking is my way of showing appreciation for the people I work with, but it’s also my way of making them feel special.
Anyway, this past week, I messed up. An intern’s birthday somehow slipped through my fingers. I promised to make it up to him and he told me that the easiest way to make him happy was to incorporate Oreos into whatever I was baking.
I’ve noticed something about Oreos: they have the same fanatic fan base that my beloved peanut butter cups do. And like any loyal fan, Oreo devotees accept no generic substitutes. It has to be Oreo or bust. I understand completely. I accept no peanut butter cup that’s not a Reese’s.
Hang on, kids. This is gonna be one heck of a ride.
Sometimes I don’t have to do any thinking. The wonderful food manufacturers do it for me. And I love them for it!
This past Sunday, I was embroiled in our weekly grocery trip. Translation: I was hoisting my 2 year-old on one hip, dragging my 4 year-old by the hand through the aisles, and snapping at my 6 year-old to stop touching everything he saw. That’s why I prefer to shop alone, but whatever. It’s usually not an option.