Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fantasy Fudge Facelift

There's nothing better at Christmastime than good ole Fantasy Fudge, its printed on the back of the marshmallow fluff and chances are your Mom and her Mom before her have all made a pan of this holiday staple. (Why don't we make fudge for 4th of July I wonder?? We'll save that for a later post) Well this year, one type of fudge just wasn't enough - so with a little tweaking I have two new cousins for this old holiday standby. Peanut Butter Cup Fudge and Vanilla Caramel Fudge.  To get the original fantasy fudge recipe, go here.   This year I made the original recipe minus the walnuts, much like coconut and politics, walnuts have a definite polarizing effect on people, you're either very much so against OR in favor of them, i'm part of the against camp myself, but anyway, moving on to our facelift.

Variation 1 - Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
If you like Reese's - then this is the fudge for you!  Follow the fantasy fudge recipe just as suggested, but instead of chocolate, replace it with Wilton peanut butter flavored candy melts to make a delicious peanut butter fudge, and after you put it into the prepared pan while its still hot, sprinkle some choc chips on top and after they get soft from the warm fudge, drag your knife through the melted chocolate to swirl and TAH DAH, you have Peanut Butter Cup Fudge! 

Variation 2 - Vanilla Caramel Fudge
Once again, prepare the fantasy fudge recipe as suggested, but instead of chocolate, use vanilla flavored Wilton candy melts instead.  As you put the warm vanilla fudge into the prepared pan, smooth it out and then place dollops of caramel sauce (I used Archer Farms Caramel Sauce from the ice cream toppings section at Target) on top of the fudge and drag your knife through to make the swirls.  If you like caramel, then this is the fudge for you!  I will admit if I had to do this over I would have then crusted the top with dry roasted salted peanuts and it would have tasted EXACTLY like a salted nut roll!  So please, learn from my mistake and have some salted peanuts nearby! 

This little package of fudge is going to our puppy groomer because she is just as sweet as this fudge! 

I hope everyone is having a good Christmas Eve delivering goodies and well wishes to friends and family!

Merry Christmas!


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