Food Geek Friday: MeMaw's Millionaire Fudge

Two springs ago, I lost my grandmother. Since she was 96, we lost her good cooking many, many years before that. Last Christmas, a cousin secretly put together a book of many of her recipes in her own hand. It was a beautiful gesture and something I flip through when I miss her. As I first looked through this book last Christmas, I was flooded with memories of food that I'd completely forgotten about. My grandmother used to make huge batches of fudge every Christmas. I was never much of a candy/fudge girl, but I did enjoy her peanut butter fudge. When I mention I'd forgotten about the fudges, my dad said that her Millionaire's was his favorite. As I thumb through the pages, I find it and he asks if I'll make it. I've never really made candy and don't like fudge, but I agree to the task.

MeMaw rarely used recipes. A fact made even more apparent as I read through hers. So many things didn't make sense. She obviously just sat down and wrote some stuff out...most likely at the request of someone else. As those of us in the "throw this and that in a pan and go for it" school of cooking know, it's easy to miss a step or get quantities off when you go to write it down. And considering that I rarely paid attention when she did cook and know pretty much nothing about fudge, I was particularly nervous.

A few days later I call to tell Dad that I don't remember what MeMaw's fudge tasted like any more, but think I nailed it.

"Which kind?"

"Millionaire's"

"I thought you didn't like chocolate fudge."

"I don't. But that's the kind you asked for."

"The hell you say!"

"The hell I say."

"Well then I guess we'll find out."

I bring it to our Christmas gathering and wait in anticipation as he takes a bite.

I just want to do her memory justice.

I did.

Not only did I nail it.

I surpassed it.

Truth is, I just took her recipe and got the best ingredients I could afford, hoping that if I bought excellent ingredients then it would still taste ok even if I jacked it up royally.

Lesson kids - buy great ingredients and don't over-do it.

MeMaw's Millionaire Fudge

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • (1) 7oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • (1) 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • (1) 8oz bar milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups pecans, crushed

Directions

  1. Combine sugar, milk and butter in a large pan. Bring to boil and simmer for 7 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  3. Spoon out onto wax paper to cool.

This makes a LOT of candy so there will be plenty for family, friends and gifts. Enjoy!