Holiday Candy

Last year I discovered a couple recipes for making candy the easy way – in the microwave. So, this year, I decided I would try to find a few more recipes.  And, since fudge is a traditional holiday treat, I thought I would try a few microwave fudge recipes. I found two different types of recipes – one using sweetened condensed milk and the other using evaporated milk and marshmallow fluff.

Peanut Butter Fudge
3 cups Peanut Butter Chipsimg_1999
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup finely chopped, salted peanuts
1  cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

Line a 9″ pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  In an 8 cup microwave bowl, microwave chips uncovered on medium in 1 minute increments for 3 to 4 minutes until melted and smooth, stirring well after each minute.  Stir in milk, peanut butter, and peanuts until blended.  Press mixture evenly into pan.  Refrigerate 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips and cream on high for 60-90 seconds, stir until smooth.  Spread evenly over fudge.  Refrigerate for one hour. Cut into 8 rows of 8 pieces. Store in an airtight container.

White Chocolate Fudgeimg_2004
3 cup sugar
1 (6 ounce) can Evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
12 ounces Premium White Chocolate Chips
1 (7 1/2 ounce) jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 tsp vanilla
1  cup toasted chopped almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Line a 9″ pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In an 8 cup microwave bowl, combine sugar, milk and butter and microwave uncovered on high for 3  minutes.  Stir and microwave for 7 additional minutes, stirring every minute.  Add chips and marshmallow fluff and stir until melted and creamy.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until blended.

Press mixture evenly into pan.  Refrigerate for one hour. Cut into 8 rows of 8 pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Both recipes turned out well.  Although traditional fudge is much fluffier.  So, I will probably return to those in the future.

I did make the Microwave Peanut Brittle and English Toffee (recipes found here:Microwave Candy – English Toffee and Peanut Brittle) that I had tried last year.  Those were very tasty again!

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