Recipe: Holiday Peppermint Fudge

Makes 48 servings

This fudge is equally great for holiday giving and solitary gorging!
• 1 cup butter, cubed
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
• ¾ cup marshmallows
• ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• Crushed peppermint candy for decoration

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil so it hangs over edges. Grease with butter. Lightly grease the sides of a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and add cubed butter, sugar, and milk. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium-high heat, then set to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Add chocolate, marshmallows, peppermint, and vanilla. Stir to melt and combine all ingredients, then beat for 1 minute until the consistency is smooth and even. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface. Sprinkle with candies, cover, and refrigerate for two hours or until firm.