Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chocolate Vanilla-Mint Fudge

You might be surprised to know that St. Patrick's Day is my very favorite holiday!  There's no one big reason why, in fact I'm not really sure myself.  I have happy memories of the St. Patrick's Day festivities in my hometown and I love all things Celtic---maybe I just love having another excuse to make treats.  Ha!

I've been writing a series called Great Grandma's Kitchen where I feature recipes that I've found in the big box of cookbooks and recipes that once belonged to my great-grandma and great-great grandma.  They're treasures for sure!

Recently, I was looking through a recipe box, trying to find something chocolatey to show off, and I came across several versions of the same recipe.  Most everyone is familiar with "Magic Fudge"---the kind where you just mix up chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk---melt it, chill it and eat it!  Well, according to grandma's recipe box, this one has been circulating for awhile under a couple of other assumed names!

This Nestle® version from 1957 is called, Safety Fudge, and involves melting the chocolate chips over hot water (double boiler method) to make it "safe" for children to make.  The tag line invites moms to "let junior chefs make it" and suggests adding peanut butter, nuts, raisins, Nescafe®, or gumdrops.  Gumdrops?  Well...maybe.

A little later version is called 12- Minute Magic French Fudge and was put out by Eagle® Brand.  What makes this one "French" is beyond me, but maybe they were playing to a '60s fad.

Here's my version.  Maybe someday my great granddaughter will be sharing it with her friends!

Chocolate Vanilla-Mint Fudge

2 c. chocolate chips

2 c. white chocolate chips
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. peppermint extract
green food coloring

Line the bottom of a square pan with wax paper (I used an 8 inch pan) and set aside.  Place the chocolate chips and half the can of sweetened condensed milk in a bowl and microwave/stir until smooth.  Pour into the pan and spread evenly.  Place the white chocolate chips and the rest of the milk into a bowl and microwave/stir until smooth.  Add peppermint and food coloring, stir well, spread evenly over chocolate fudge.  Use a knife to swirl parts of the two fudges together for a pretty design.  Refrigerate until firm then place on counter until it reaches room temperature.  Run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the fudge out onto a cutting board.  Remove the wax paper and cut into squares.

Thanks so much to Stephanie Lynn for featuring this recipe on her Creative Readers Projects post!
Thanks, also, to Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for the feature!

Boogieboard Cottage

Thank you to Ivy and Elephants for the feature as well!
Ivy and Elephants


  1. Hi Sarah,
    'Papa's Wife' has always been one of my favorite stories. I read it many years ago and I reread it again every once in a while. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely rest of the week.


  2. All the different versions sound good to me. I have some of my mother's old recipes, but just do not cook much anymore.

  3. Thank you, Sarah, for featuring my post, "Saying Goodbye to My Husband." I'm so glad our scarey/sad/happy time blessed you. May it do so for your sweet readers as well. Blessings to you!

  4. luv your baking creativity! i've pinned it to my St Paddy's Pinterest board! thanks for exploring and sharing with us :)
    also for featuring FHC this week - appreciate your encouragement and hosting this linkup!

  5. I'm so happy I saw this post because my sister's birthday is St. Patty's Day and since it falls on a weekend this year I just sent her an email to propose we do a "green party." So thanks for reminding me that my sister's bday is around the corner :). And those German pancakes look SO delish!

  6. Thanks for hosting :) That fudge looks yummy!

  7. Great features! Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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  9. YOUR version sounds best to me. :) I do love mint.
    I just linked up to follow you...

  10. Sarah,

    now that looks simply divine!! Yum!!

    thanks so much for hosting!!


  11. So did you let your junior chefs help with the fudge? :) Funny thing about fudge...I LOVE chocolate, but am not a fudge fan. My husband hates chocolate but will eat fudge. haha We are a weird lot.

  12. The fudge sounds delicious. I have never attempted to make it at home, but it does sound like a fun kitchen project.

  13. Wow - this looks delicious! I love anything that mixes chocolate and mint! I'd love to see you link up to Family Fun Friday this week:

  14. Thank you so much for featuring me.

    It as a real treat to come home from a week with my parents and find your comment on my review of Papa's Wife!

  15. Mmm...this sounds so easy and I have all the ingredients!

    I sure picked a fun day to visit!


  16. Thanks for hosting & the reminder!
    Have a great weekend. Theresa @

  17. The fudge looks so good! I definitely want to try that for St. Patrick's Day!! Thanks for sharing and hosting the link party.

    ~Sarah Lynn's Sweets

  18. I am just having a sweet tooth moment here!!! Those gorgeous fudge bars with the minty ribbons of green are so luscious looking! So delighted you shared them with us for the party!

  19. they all sound great. Happy weekend wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop :-)

  20. Thanks for hosting the fun party!!!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  21. Yum, these look great! I found your blog through Or So She Says and I'm a new follower!


  22. What a great recipe. I love using these old time favorites. thank you for sharing at TTF and thank you for hosting!

  23. Chocolate Mint Fudge ~ how perfect is that? Yum, yum, yummy is what I say! Thanks for the fun party and the recipe too.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  24. Oops. I lost my comment I think. I was looking for something and switched pages ... poof! Gone. Or so I think.
    I enjoyed your post. I have opened a new blog for recipes - though I don't have the number I think you do from family -it's fun to go through them and post about them.
    Heading over to Beverly's to post on Pink Saturday too!
    Thank you! Jenn

  25. I love anything mint chocolate! This reminds me of Grasshopper cookies! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  26. I love the pretty green color, perfect for St. Patrick's Day:@)

  27. Mmm, I love anything minty! Pinned.

    Linked up and added your button to my blog.

  28. YUM!
    I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  29. Thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe with The Bliss Project link up and for inviting me to join your wonderful homemaking link up... Off to visit the other links. ;)

  30. Sarah, you had to post this just when I decided I should back off from my sweets. I LOVE anything chocolate mint, so I'm just going to have to try this! :) Thanks for linking up with us at Courtship Connection! I always enjoy your posts.

  31. YUM! This is as pretty as I'm sure it is tasty. I'm not a big fudge person but I would like a piece or two of this. Missed last weeks party. Will hop over this week. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  32. Thank you for linking up at Tending The Home Tuesdays at Road to 31. This recipe looks yummy and like its a lot of fun to make. I'm a new follower :)

  33. Your recipe sounds delicious - thanks for sharing with us at Inspire Me Monday at

    Create With Joy

  34. I enjoy making and eating fudge. I love that you are sharing your great grandma's recipes. careful what you say about those ancient days way back in the sixties, LOL, because some of us remember those good old days as if they were yesterday ;-) ;-)

    Thank you for linking up at WholeHearted Home...and thank you for hosting your linkup also. Love your blog!!

    Have a blessed week!!

  35. These look yummy! Saving to my Pinterest for the future. At some point, they may be up on my blog!

  36. I love St. Patrick's Day, too, and your touch o' green fudge is perfect. Thanks so much for adding your recipe to Foodie Friday. Have a great weekend!

  37. This sounds like a yummy recipe and it sounds like fun going through a bunch of old recipes! Great post and thanks for linking to TTF!

  38. Yum, I'd love those! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  39. Hi Sarah, back again oh your fudge. Thanks for sharing the recipe at the party! Theresa ;)

  40. Gad you are trying Grammy's recipes. The fudge looks great. Love, mom


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