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Serviceman's Fudge

I got some neat cookbooks from a friend the other day, and one of them is a homemade candy book. Copyright date is 1970, and Vietnam was raging at the time. Not so coincidentally, there are a lot of military and serviceman references in it. This recipe was made by a mother whose son was serving. He'd always write home to thank her for sending this, saying things such as, "Mom, that candy you sent was great. It tasted like home, and that means good". :-)

2c sugar
1c light cream or half and half
1T butter or margarine
1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate (I used dark chocolate buttons. I think using the unsweetened stuff would have worked much better)
2t vanilla
1 1lb pkg marshmallows
1c chopped walnuts (I left these out)
3c graham cracker crumbs

Combine sugar, half and half, butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan (make sure the pan is BIG, because when you cook this, it bubbles up!), stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking over low heat until until mixture reaches soft ball stage (236 degrees on candy thermometer)

Immediately stir in vanilla, marshmallows, nuts and crumbs. Pour into a buttered 9x13 pan (I lined mine w/foil instead, and that worked great). The mixture will be pretty sticky when you put it in the pan. Let set until firm. If mailing, do not cut. Makes about 3 1/2 pounds.

This is really yummy!! Quite sweet though. The graham cracker crumbs will give it a texture that does not make it come out smooth, so it's not for you if you're looking for a creamy fudge. And I do strongly recommend you use the unsweetened chocolate. But it's really worth trying. Enjoy!! :-)

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angelsmom
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
She thought that I'd be the best "home" for them, since I love cookbooks and have a stockpile of them myself!! Surprisingly, these were all cookbooks I didn't already have too. I can sit and read a cookbook like a good novel...I LOVE them!!

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