Friday, October 21, 2011

Fun Fall Recipe!

Okay, so it was never really my intention to share "grown up" recipes on this site, but hey, I make the rules, right? Besides, this is a grown up recipe made fun. Your kids will love the novelty, even if they're too young to actually help make it, and if your husband has a sweet tooth like mine, he'll enjoy this twist on a classic fudge as well!

4 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
3 cups sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups milk
4 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanuts
1 cup candy corn
15-20 soft caramels
dash of heavy cream

Prepare either an 8x8 or a loaf pan by lining with foil and spraying (or buttering)

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat, then pour into a large (at least 3 quart) saucepan and add the sugar, corn syrup and milk. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. STOP STIRRING and allow to continue boiling until the mixture reaches soft ball stage (238F on a candy thermometer). Remove from heat and add butter, but do not stir. Allow to cool to 120F degrees (I found this takes about 20 minutes). Add vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until blended. I say beat, because it takes a little bit of oomph, and you want to incorporate a bit of air. Once the mixture begins to thicken, quickly add peanuts and candy corn and continue to beat until the fudge just begins to lose it's glossy look. Pour into your prepared pan and if you like, you can smooth it out with a buttered spatula. Allow to cool completely, then carefully remove fudge from the pan. In a double boiler over medium heat (or if you don't have a double boiler, a saucepan over LOW heat) melt the caramels with a small amount of cream until smooth. drizzle over fudge and place in fridge to cool and harden. Slice fudge any way you want (with a VERY sharp knife to get through the nuts and candy) and ENJOY!

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