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What…you don’t think of fudge when you think of the 4th of July? Ok, I have never made fudge for the 4th of July before but it somehow seems perfect. I mean, first, when is fudge ever not a good idea? And second, fudge is very portable, so it would be great to take with you when you go out to wait for the fireworks; you know, sitting in the grass, getting a neck crick from looking up so much, trying not to get grass in the fudge… perfect!
(from the Fantasy Fudge recipe on back on the Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Cream jar)
3 cups sugar
3/4 cups butter (1and 1/2 sticks)
1 can (5oz) evaporated milk
1 12-oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 jar (7oz) marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
Line a 9-inch square pan with foil. Set aside.
Bring sugar, butter, and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in a large saucepan on medium heat while stirring constantly.
Boil until the mixture reaches 235 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer (about 4 minutes). Keep stirring… and stirring… and stirring.
When it reaches 235 degrees, remove from heat and add the chocolate chips and marshmallow cream.
Stir until melted. Stir in the nuts (if you are using) and vanilla.
Pour the fudge into a pan and quickly cover the top with sprinkles. Gently, using the back of a spoon or spatula, press down to anchor the sprinkles into the fudge.
Allow to cool completely.
Cut into squares and consume.
Happy 4th of July!