Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Made with Love (& Pain?)


Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of Valentine's Day, we're sharing recipe ideas for "love foods" or foods to share with loved ones. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you're welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you'd like to share, add it to the linky below.

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I read somewhere that "Made with Love" means you licked the spoon while you were cooking. I like that. To me, "Made with Love" refers to something that isn't totally easy to make. It is a dish that can be a pain, but you make it... because you love the person that will eat it.


I know its not a spoon.
And no, it did not go back into the batter.

When I think of "Made with Love" dishes... one of my old specialties comes to mind. Despite this recipe coming from a name brand, I have not known anyone else that had it. Even the name brand offers a different version of this recipe now. I have refused to share it in the past because it was my special recipe. I don't make it so much these days and... I'm going to share it with you today. <gasp!>

Eagle Brand Fudge


  • 3 Cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1½ teaspoons Vanilla
  • dash of Salt
  • 1 Cup Nuts (optional)

Melt chocolate chips, Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, butter, vanilla and a dash of salt.

Remove from heat; stir in 1 Cup nuts (optional). Spread evenly into foil-lined 8 or 9 inch square pan.

Chill for 2+ hours or until firm. Turn onto cutting board. Cut into squares. Loose cover at room temperature.

Those big rocking pizza cutters are awesome for this! You will want to heat the knife under hot water (and dry completely) every few cuts. Sounds easy, right? Amusing side note, I actually have a measuring spoon marked "dash." Anyhoo... I have carpal tunnel syndrome, so the constant stirring on the stove kills. Cutting the chilled fudge is no walk in the park, either.

However, this is a fun recipe base from which to get creative. I've tried sprinkling candy in he pan before spreading the fudge into it. I've tried making it with peanut butter chips (doesn't work quite right because they're more dense than chocolate chips), Ande's mints (yum!) and other varieties. Everyone has their favorite. I am, however, a firm believer that fudge should not contain nuts!

I guess by this account, love = pain. That doesn't sound very nice, but the ones we love are those same people for whom we're willing to go through pain. There are other recipes I equate with love, though. Mashed potatoes specifically made with Country Crock, because my making it reminded my mother of her mother's mashed potatoes.

What recipes do you hate to make, but make out of love?

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7 comments:

  1. I haven't had fudge in such a long time. I'm not the best candy maker, though! Not sure if I'm patient enough for it. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will have to try my hand at confectionery again!

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  2. My mom makes the best, best fudge ever, your recipe sounds similar. Yum!
    ~Dionna @ CodeNameMama.com

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  3. My grandma used to make fudge and her secret weapon was always condensed milk! Mmmmm....fudge! Thanks for joining in this month!

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  4. Oh, this looks delicious. I think chile rellenos would fit your definition, but I'm so picky about them I've never tried to make them. :) I love cooking. I think a thermometer would help out a lot.

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  5. That's so sweet that you're willing to endure the pain to make your family fudge! I wonder if I could mix peanut butter in, too, because that's my favorite kind. You'll make it for me, right? ;)

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    1. I would totally make you some PB fudge! I worry about the consistency, though, so what I tend to do is add peanut butter chips. I've also crushed up candy, put it into the pan first, and then poured the fudge over. Or pressed different flavors of chips (chocolate, PB, Ande's mints) into the fudge after spreading it into the pan.

      I used to get really creative with it!

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  6. Oh, these sound so yummy. My mom used to make us the best fudge, back in the day. This reminds me of that!

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