Tootsie Roll Fudge

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!

Tootsie Roll Fudge

Tootsie Rolls on your hands? Transform them into delicious fudge! (source: tasteofhome.com)

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Dec 18, 2011

Serves: 25

Total time: 1 hr

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Ingredients:

  • 12-ounce package Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter (plus some for greasing pan)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green M&Ms candies
Instructions:
  1. Line an 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil generously with butter and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, melt the Tootsie Rolls, peanut butter and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Mixture will be thick.
  2. Spread into prepared pan. Using a sharp knife, score the surface into 1-inch squares. Press M&Ms candies into the center of each square. Let fudge completely cool. Lift foil from pan and set on a flat surface. Cut fudge into squares. Store in an airtight container.