Foolproof Dark Chocolate Fudge
- 3 (6 oz.) pkgs of bittersweet (60% cacao) chocolate chips (equals 3 cups)
- 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
- a dash of salt
- 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped nuts
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a heavy saucepan over LOW heat, melt chips with condensed milk and salt, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly into a wax paper lined 8" or 9" square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge out onto a cutting board and cut into squares.
See? Easy! I had some black walnuts I had collected from a tree on my mother-in-law's property last year and had been saving them for something special. They were perfect in this fudge. I lightly roasted them at 300 degrees for a couple minutes which adds a smokey flavor to the nut and I hear also makes them even healthier.
It takes a long time to hull out and crack black walnuts with a hammer. The effort is well worth it. Their flavor cannot be beat and the regular walnuts you buy at the store for cooking cannot compare. I feel sorry for people who don't have black walnut trees where they live. They don't know what they are missing! They literally grow like weeds around here, but it takes a little time to locate a tree that produces good quality, large nuts. Like I said, it is a lot of trouble to crack them, so you hope to get a lot of nutmeat out of them. One of these days I am going to invest in a heavy-duty nut press for these types of hard shelled nuts.
So this fudge is so easy you have no reason not to give it a try. Pecans or hazelnuts (filberts) would also be great in it. If you surprise your sweetie for Valentine's Day, drop me a comment and let me know how it went. :)