You Got Marshmallow In My Fudge!
The following recipe -- from Pennsylvania Dutch country -- was submitted by Helen Karl, who says it's been passed down in her family for several generations.
According to American folklore, fudge was invented by mistake -- the result of a candy-maker's "fudged" attempt to make a batch of caramels. Whatever the true origin, we DO know that the first recipe for fudge appeared in 1886.
We don't know when chocolate marshmallow fudge was created, but it was probably during the early 1900s, since that's when marshmallows were widely introduced in America.
Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge Recipe
2 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup evaporated milk
24 large marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips (6 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
In a 3-quart heavy-bottom saucepan, mix sugar, butter, evaporated milk and marshmallows together over low heat -- until the butter and marshmallows are melted.
Turn the heat up to medium, but be sure to stir constantly to avoid burning!
Bring the mixture to a boil. As this happens, you'll notice that some of the contents will start to brown. That's okay -- just keep stirring and scraping the bottom and the sides of the saucepan so the mixture doesn't burn.
Reduce the heat slightly and continue to cook, slowly simmering for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla and salt.
Mix until dissolved. (The contents should have slightly thickened by this point.)
Pour everything into a lightly greased pan and cool on a rack. When the pan is only slightly warm to the touch, cut the fudge into squares with a sturdy plastic knife, and remove the squares to a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper for 5-10 minutes.
Once the fudge is completely cooled, place the pieces on small cupcake-style papers inside a container. Store the fudge in a cool place -- unless it's eaten before then. ;-)
Another version of chocolate marshmallow fudge was popularized by Mamie Eisenhower during the 1950s, and was called "Million Dollar Fudge." However, that recipe used "marshmallow cream" as well as "chopped nutmeats."