Recipe: heres my heart fudge

Recipe: heres my heart fudge

Here’s My Heart Fudge
1 2/3 cups (10 ounce package) white chips, divided
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup cocoa or Dutch process cocoa
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (7 ounce) jar Marshmallow Crème
1 1/2 cups (12 ounce can) evaporated milk
Few drops red food color (optional)
1 cup candied red cherries, quartered

Line a 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 Crème, 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.

Makes about 8 dozen squares.

NOTE: For best results, do not double this recipe.

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