Going down the shore always means eating vacation food! What do I mean by vacation food? All those wonderful things that you wouldn’t normally make yourself but are a great treat when away from home. My favorite stop regardless of which beach I go to is always the sweets shop, which usually has a fantastic mix of candies, chocolates, and fudge. The shops sell the fudge by the pound or by the slice. Nothing beats sharing a slice of fudge on the drive home after soaking up some sun.
On a stormy day when you can’t go down the shore it can be great to make your own homemade fudge. I have a super simple recipe that I use whenever I want to make some fudge at home. Not sure where the recipe comes from, it is one of those that seems to just be passed around.
You actually only need two ingredients to make it (plus any fun mix-ins) and a microwave. Start with a can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces) and a bag of chocolate chips or chunks (12 ounces). I prefer to use semi-sweet chocolate chunks, but milk chocolate works as well.
Before you mix any of the ingredients you want to line a loaf pan. I find that doing a layer of foil, and then parchment paper works very well, and makes clean-up a breeze.
Once you have your pan lined, in a microwave safe bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. I find that 60 seconds on high is usually good, but you can take it out and mix it up to see if everything is combined. Once everything is combined quickly fold in any mix-ins you want to use before the fudge starts to set, and pour (or more accurately dump) into the loaf pan and flatten. Let set in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before slicing.
If you don’t want to use a loaf pan you can use an 8x8 inch pan and cut into individual squares.
There are a wide range of mix-ins that you can use one of my favorites is mini marshmallows and nuts for Rocky Road Fudge. Other mix ins that work really well include coconut, graham crackers, and dried fruit.
This is a super easy recipe and can be made in less than 10 minutes. I hope you all enjoy this little bit of the New Jersey Shore! Next month we will be making other great Jersey Shore food and treats including waffle sundaes.