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Five Minute Fudge

My family is not huge on chocolate treats, so most of the time we do without.  My grandpa is the only one I really make chocolate treats for, and unfortunately, I leave it to the last minute, so fudge has been my go to "cookie" dessert since it takes a total of 10 minutes.  It's addictive and delicious.
This is a great gift if your strapped for cash and still looking for a gift.  Go to the dollar store, buy some tins, and tissue paper.  Then, get the ingredients to make this awesome, easy fudge.  You can not go wrong with this recipe.  This is also an awesome dessert to take to a party if you don't want to spend more than 5 bucks.  This will make enough to stuff 2 small tins, and you can be really creative by making a fudge wreath for the party. Everyone will be so impressed.  Enjoy!


1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate morsels
9 ounces (3/4 of a 12-ounce bag) butterscotch morsels
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can walnut halves (optional)
1/2 cup raisins or currants (optional)

Prepare loaf pan by greasing, placing plastic wrap inside pan and grease plastic wrap.
Place a heavy pot on the stove and preheat it over low heat. Add chips and milk and stir until chips are melted and milk combined.  Stir in vanilla and remove fudge from heat.  Add nuts and raisins and stir in immediately if desired.
Spoon fudge into loaf pan.  Fudge will set quickly.
To cut fudge into cubes, refrigerate for 30 minutes, take fudge out of loaf pan and cut into half inch pieces.
Although I did not make a wreath this year, below are the instructions and a link for a video of Racheal Ray making it so you have an idea of what it should look like.

In addition to the above, you will need:
Candied cherries, red and green, for garnish

Make the fudge according to directions above. Save the empty condensed milk can and wrap in plastic wrap and grease.
Place can in the middle of an 8-inch greased cake pan and quickly spoon fudge.  Recenter can if it drifts.
The fudge will set up almost immediately.  Garnish can only be added in the first minute or 2 once the fudge is in the pan, so work quickly.  Decorate your wreath with "holly" made from cut candied red and green cherries.  A wreath left plain can be garnished with a pretty fabric bow when serving.  Chill covered in the refrigerator and slice fudge very thin when ready to serve, a little goes a long way.

Recipe from Rachael Ray: Five-Minute Fudge Wreath Recipe


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