Maple Fudge Recipe

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Fudge is creamy, smooth and delicious and, best of all, it can be made in a variety of flavors with one that is sure to tickle your fancy. When we think of more unusual flavors, maple fudge is one that comes to mind.

But although many consider these flavorings unique, most would agree that the maple gives the fudge a perfect flavor.

Nuts, white chocolate chips and other ingredients can be added to the fudge to enhance its taste. Our recipe uses walnuts, white chocolate chips and marshmallows to make it delicious and give it a rich white chocolate taste. Alternately, cocoa or regular chocolate chips can be added to give the fudge a rich or dark chocolate taste that also goes well with the maple flavor.

Another variation on maple fudge is a treat called penuche. This is a fudge like candy made from brown sugar, butter and milk. No additional flavorings are used except for vanilla and nuts are often added. It is often found in New England and parts of the Southern United States. In these regions, it is common to add maple syrup for taste making it very similar to the recipe we have here.

Of course, as with any fudge, the secret to success is to stir it for just the right amount of time. Stir it too little and it can be a liquidy mess. Stir it too much and it becomes too hard. Be sure to monitor carefully to avoid either of these situations.

Also, keep a candy thermometer handy to make sure the fudge reaches optimal temperature when preparing.

Walnut fudge is a rich and wonderful treat. It is perfect at the holidays or at any time of the year. Enjoy it with family and friends as to make your time together even more enjoyable.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) evaporated milk
2 Tbsps. butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ Toll House Premier White Morsels
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring
48 walnut halves or pieces

Directions:

1. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.

2. Combine butter, evaporated milk, sugar and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

3. Boil, stirring constantly, for  4 1/2 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and maple flavoring. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted.

5. Pour into prepared baking pan. On top of fudge, place nut halves in rows spacing about 1/2 inch apart.

6. Press into fudge; refrigerate until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil.

7. Cut into 48 squares with 1 nut half per square.