Peppermint Christmas Fudge

Its Christmas cookie season! Time to put on no less than 7 pounds and eat as much magical deliciousness as you can fit in your belly. My great Aunt Eilene had an amazing fudge recipe that has been lost and found many many times. Its not too hard, its not too soft, it pours perfectly and tastes amazing. So of course I had to take it and make it just ever so slightly my own. I added peppermint extract to it, and bashed the hell out of some candy canes and sprinkled them on top. There is a secret to making this recipe. The weather has to be just right. Just below freezing and a bit dry. The freezing weather creates the perfect temperature for your fudge to set and cool.

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1 12 oz can evaporated milk

4 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup of butter cubed

2 tsp peppermint extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

18 oz of semi sweet nestle toll house chocolate chips

a dash of salt

2 cups finely chopped walnuts

8 candy canes crushed

 

Once this recipe gets started,everything gets added in really quick so line up your ingredients and get your stirring arm ready. First! Make your crushed candy canes. Your best bet is to stick them inside of a ziplock bag, and take out all your aggression on them with your rolling pin or meat tenderizer. Set them off to the side. In a large pot add the sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Turn your heat to medium, and slowly but constantly stir it until it hits a rolling boil. Stir it while it boils for 10 minutes. If you have ever had boiling sugar land on your skin, you know to wear a long sleeve shirt (it hurts like hell, and burns for a bit longer than if you had hot grease land on your skin). Once your 10 minutes are up immediately remove it from the heat and add in chocolate chips, vanilla and peppermint extract, and (if you want them) your walnuts. Stir until all the ingredients are well mixed and smooth. Pour into two 9×9 square dishes, approximately 1 inch thick, sprinkle candy cane crumbs over the top, and set it out on your back porch to cool in the blisteringly cold weather for 1 1/2 to two hours…. or you could use a freezer… like a normal person, but wheres the fun in that?

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