This is an easy chocolate fudge recipe, as long as you have a KitchenAid mixer! I personally wouldn't want to stand and mix on high speed for 10 minutes with a hand held mixer!
3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags of chips)
2 cups chopped nuts
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 pound butter or margarine (preferably room temp)
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 12oz can of evaporated milk(NOT sweet milk)
Combine sugar, milk and a dash of salt into a large saucepan, Boil over medium heat for 14 minutes, timing after mixture comes to a full boil.(the boiling point is very low...about 2 or 3 on my stove on a scale of 1-8) Stir occasionally. While syrup is cooking, place butter, choc chips and a dash of salt in mixer bowl.
After syrup is cooked, slowly pour over the chocolate butter mixture in bowl and blend at low speed first, then beat at medium speed for 10 minutes. Pour the fudge into a lightly buttered 9 x 13 pan that is lined with parchment paper. If you let the parchment paper stand up on the side edges, you can pull on the parchment paper and just lift the fudge out of the dish and on to a cutting board after it has set up. Pretty slick! Chill until firm. Makes 4 pounds. (that's a lot of fudge!)
Tips: Easier to cut when room temperature. I run a sharp knife under hot water to heat it, wipe dry and cut a line through the fudge and then repeat. This gives nice cut edges to your pieces.
ETA: Tip #2 Resist the temptation to scrape the sides of the pan while this is boiling. It seems to turn out better for me.
I see lots of people googling this recipe. I would love to know what you think of it! I have made it many times it is soooooo good.
ETA 12-13-2009Make sure when you make this, that you add your boiled sugar mixture slowly while the mixer is on low- this will allow the choc chips time to adjust to the heat. I tried this with Peanut Butter chips this weekend like a reader suggested...Very good but much sweeter that the chocolate. I would suggest only using one tsp of vanilla or maybe none at all!
Making fudge today...in a hurry and needed to get some to my Dad this afternoon, so I let my fudge set a few minutes in the refrigerator, took it out while still soft (don't be so impatient Sue!) and cut it up. Oh so much easier. Have not taken it out of the dish yet, but if this works and looks like nice pieces, I will be so happy.......
ETA-To Dad making fudge for his kids-I use the paddle attachment on my kitchen aide.