I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I have many favorite types of candy. Candy, candy, candy, oh how I love my candy. If you peek inside my mouth you will go, "Ahh, yes, you do, indeed!" I had a dentist growing up who (I believed) took pleasure in my constant need for fillings. I'm sure my memory of him is distorted, but I remember him grinning as he poked giant needles into my mouth. My dad and I still share grim stories about him, so maybe I'm not far off.
Anyhow, back to my favorite candies! I have a lot of them. Among them is one of the most classic candies, the good ol' Tootsie Roll. Can I tell one more quick story? A post with two stories?! Tootsie Rolls will forever remind me of high school and my friend BJ. She shared my love for candy, and often I would see her chewing discreetly on something during our morning study hall. When I would ask her what she was eating, she would almost always tell me, "Tootsie Rolls!" I'm not sure why I remember that. Perhaps my love for TRs is that strong? Or did I love the idea of early morning candy-eating?
I spotted this recipe in a holiday edition of Taste of Home magazine and marked the page. Tootsie Roll fudge? Why didn't I think of this? These are insanely easy to make, and so Christmassy and divine. Every time my husband takes a bite, he shoots me a dirty look, implying that I need to stop making irresistable treats. Can you believe him?
You will need Tootsie Rolls, obviously, for this fudge recipe. A 12-ounce bag, to be exact.
Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Grease the foil generously with cooking spray and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, melt together over low heat:
12-oz. package Tootsie Rolls, unwrapped
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter
Stir constantly. This will take a few minutes. Once the mixture is smooth, gradually stir in:
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Stir until smooth. The mixture will be thick!
Quickly spread into prepared pan.
Did I mention you will need M&Ms, as well? Wooo, more candy!
Using a sharp knife, score the surface into 1-inch squares. Press green and red M&Ms onto the center of each square.
Allow the fudge to cool completely. Lift the foil from the pan and set on a flat surface. Cut the fudge into squares. Then go call your dentist. Or better yet, proactively brush your teeth.
I'm a sugar junkie! Someone please help!