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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mom's Cranberry Fudge

After Mom retired, she and Dad traveled throughout all of the lower 48 states. They didn't make it to Alaska or Hawaii, and I think she really would have loved to have gone to Alaska. Of course, Dad had been to Hawaii during World War II in his naval service. While they were in Oregon, Mom came across cranberry fudge. She tried it at multiple places, but the one she really loved came from one lady's shop. She ordered it at Christmas for the family, but after a couple of years, the store went out of business. She ordered some from an alternate location, but it just wasn't as good. That's when she decided to try making her own. She tried several times and finally got a recipe that tasted very close to the one she had loved so much.

Cranberry Fudge

3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped cranberries
4 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup chopped walnuts

Combine sugar, cranberries, evaporated milk, butter, and salt in heavy pan. Bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows and nuts. Stir vigorously until marshmallows melt. Beat until thick. Add 2 to 3 drops of red food color, if desired, for a darker color. Pour in greased square-shaped pan and cool.

Mom used her Kitchen Aid stand mixer to beat the mixture after removed from the heat. It takes quite awhile to get it to a thick enough consistency that it will set. If you don't have a stand mixer, you will want to take turns beating it because you'll get tired pretty quickly! Dad says she sometimes left it for a couple of days before cutting it into pieces.

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  • Sounds yummy! You had mentioned this on Facebook and I had never heard of it before. Thanks for posting the recipe. I'm sure we'll have lots of leftover cranberries, and this is a fun way to use them up!

    By Blogger Heather Rojo, at 8:23 AM  

  • Wow, this sounds really yummy! I just may have to give it a try.

    By Blogger Jasia, at 11:34 AM  

  • Hummm.... at first glance cranberry fudge makes my lips pucker. Then realizing how much I love cranberry juice, as long as it is combined with something else that is sweet (such as cranberry grape juice), I like the idea of it schmoozing with chocolate!

    Leaving you a little Christmas Box:

    "Oh lowly berry--crimson, tart
    that danced with chocolate, really smart!
    On Lori's blog, the two did schmooze
    I hear her readers' ahhhs and ooooo's"

    (heh I wrote this, pretty horrible huh?)

    By Blogger Janice, at 1:09 PM  

  • For those who haven't made this yet, I recommend cooking for more than 5 minutes after the full boil. I tried 2 batches, and neither of them set. I guess I'll have to work to perfect the recipe.

    By Blogger Lori Thornton, at 10:52 AM  

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