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Never-Fail-Fudge is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat

My mom always made fudge for all of us kids for Valentine’s Day, and she always made it in the shape of a heart, and she always used the Never-Fail-Fudge recipe from the back of the Marshmallow Fluff container. I decided to continue that tradition this year by making heart-shaped Never-Fail-Fudge for Chris’ Valentine’s Day gift. It’s economical, it’s easy, and it’s chocolate. What more could a person want?!

I kind of overestimated how much fudge Chris could eat. I decided to double the recipe, not realizing that the yield would end up being, um, 5 lbs of fudge. What? You didn’t catch that whispered admission? Okay, okay – yes, I made 5 lbs of fudge!!! Needless to say, Chris won’t be running out anytime soon! I used 1 really large heart mold and 4 smaller ones that I found at Target a few weeks back. I think it turned out pretty nicely.

I was going to decorate the fudge, but Chris was so antsy to start eating it that I decided to just take some pictures and call it a day. I wish that the chocolate had a smoother appearance, but the most important thing is that it tastes very good (or so Chris tells me – I’m actually not a fan of fudge!).

In case you are interested, here’s the recipe for Never-Fail-Fudge…
  • 2 1/2 C sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine (I used butter)
  • 1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk (3/4 C)
  • 1 jar (7 1/2 oz) Marshmallow Fluff
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts, optional (I didn’t use these)
Spray a 9″ square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In large saucepan, combine first 5 ingredients. Stir over low heat until blended. Heat to a full-rolling boil, being careful not to mistake escaping air bubbles for boiling. Boil slowly, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and chocolate chips until chocolate is melted and mixed throughout. Add nuts. Turn into prepared pan, and allow to cool. Store covered in refrigerator.
In case you’re wondering what Chris did for me, well he got me a huge bouquet of daisies. I know that roses are the traditional flower for Valentine’s Day, but Chris gets me roses fairly regularly. He’ll surprise me with a bouquet every few months or so. I know that I complain about Chris, and was particularly irritated with him earlier this week, but he really is a wonderful guy, still surprising me with bouquets of flowers over 4 years after getting married. Thanks sweetie 🙂
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