The basic recipe for the fudge is almost shamefully easy:
- 2 cups (or 1 bag) of chocolate chips
- 1 can of non-fat sweetened condensed milk (you can use full-fat)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
I originally found this on Sparkpeople through a Google search for easy fudge. Even the first time I made it, I didn't just do straight milk chocolate and vanilla. Instead, I did white chocolate with peppermint extract and added crushed candy canes. Guess what time of year that was?
This time around, I made a berry lemonade version, since it's summertime and I try to keep things a little seasonal. Weeks and even months fly by when you're spending them in a cubicle, you have to mark the time somehow, you know? Here are the alterations and additions:
- White chocolate chips, still 1 bag
- Same can of non-fat sweetened condensed milk
- about 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest and juice (I probably could have added more)
- 1/4 cup each of dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried blueberries, dried pomegranates, and candied lemon peel, chopped
The reason there are so many different types of dried fruit? Because that's how many I had in the kitchen. What can I say, I like to have variety in my fruit stock.
I was worried that I had chopped up more fruit than the fudge would take, but it turned out perfectly.
The instructions are the same: melt chocolate and milk together, then stir in the juice and then the additional goodies. Pour into pan, spread evenly and count the minutes until you get to enjoy it.
But before you do that, you'll probably want to cut it into squares.