I can not believe it. Soon the holidays will be here and before we know it will be time to exchange holiday gifts with those we love. This Christmas will be harder than any other I can remember. You see last year my auntie passed away with breast cancer. It was shock when she got sick and for a while while everyone thought she would be okay. But when it came back it came fast and she died early this November. So this year would be hard. Auntie Anne never married. I once heard she had a secret love back in high school but she died at 74 as a single woman. She always had so much love to share. I guess because she did not have her own kids she had extra love to go around. Auntie Anne never missed a birthday, graduation or special event in her niece and nephews lives. I miss the stability of knowing she was always there. If not in person you knew she would be praying for you.
Each Christmas Auntie Anne had the tradition of making an awesome holiday gift: fudge for everyone she knew. And I mean everyone. She would set up shop and go for it. The mail man, hairdresser, neighbor, pastor would all get Auntie Anne's fudge …. It was a tradition that we all waited for. Each year our holiday gift of fudge would be waiting no matter how old I grew or how my life changed.
So this year, I decided to honor Auntie Anne and make the very fudge she made. Along with it, I will frame her recipe and deliver this special holiday gift in hopes that her love will never be forgotten.
Auntie Anne's Holiday Fudge
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup butterscotch chips (toll house were her favorite)
- 3/4 cup marshmallow cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (the extra vanilla is the key)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
Grease one 8×8 inch pie pan and set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the powdered sugar, milk and butter. Mix well and stir constantly until candy thermometer reads 238 degrees F (112 degrees C). This part is tricky so be sure you get it right.
Remove from heat and add chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, vanilla and cocoa. Quickly stir together and pour into prepared pan. Cool and serve. Refrigerate in an airtight container.