Here Is My Heart Fudge
Happy Healthy Holidays!
Tastefully rich fudge staring white chocolate, Dutch processed cocoa and candied red cherries along with marshmallow creme and extracts of almond and vanilla.
1-2/3 cups (10-ounce package) white chocolate chips, divided
1 cup candied red cherries, quartered
Few drops red food color (optional)
1-1/2 cups (12-ounce can) evaporated milk
1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 jar (7 ounce) marshmallow creme
4-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
Line 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan with foil.
Place 1-cup white chips and almond extract in medium bowl. In second medium bowl, stir together cocoa, melted butter and vanilla extract until mixture is smooth; add remaining 2/3-cup white chips (chips do not need to melt).
Combine sugar, marshmallow creme, evaporated milk and 1/4 cup butter in heavy 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full rolling boil (bubbles can't be stirred down); continue boiling and stirring 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately add half of hot mixture to bowl with white chips only. Pour remainder into cocoa mixture; stir to blend.
Beat white chip mixture until chips are completely melted; stir in red food color, if desired, and cherries. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Beat cocoa mixture until chips are melted and mixture thickens slightly. Spread evenly over top of white layer. Cover; refrigerate until firm. Remove from pan; peel off foil. Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutters or cut into squares. Cover; store in refrigerator.
*You can use regular baking cocoa as well, but Dutch is recommended as it has a much better chocolate taste.
Yield: 8 dozen squares.