December 28, 2016

Life is like a box of chocolates… let’s celebrate!

Posted by FoodiesUSA

It’s National Chocolate Candy Day! Chocolate candy is one of the most popular sweets in the world. It can be combined with everything from nuts and caramel to raisins and pretzels to make some of our favorite chocolate treats!

Did you know that during the Second World War, the U.S. Government commissioned Milton Hershey to create a candy bar to include in the soldiers’ rations? The recipe his company created is now the famous Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar.

Today, chocolate is still clearly an American favorite treat. Over 2.8 billion pounds are consumed annually. On average that means each person consumes over eleven pounds per year! To celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day, enjoy some of your favorite types of chocolate candy.

Or try making your own chocolate fudge to celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day!

Chocolate Fudge Recipe:fudge

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

5 cups white granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine (I like Blue Bonnet)

1 pound marshmallows

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1 (4 ounce) unsweetened chocolate bar

1/4 cup classic white chips (optional)

2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

Pecan halves and/or candy coated candies (optional)

In a large, heavy bottom saucepan, mix milk, sugar, and margarine.  Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil.  Boil for exactly 6 minutes.  Time this from the first sign of boiling.  Stir constantly, but gently, to prevent scorching.

Remove from heat and add marshmallows, chips, and chocolate.  Beat rapidly for 1 to 2 minutes.  Pour into a greased pan and bring to room temperature.  Refrigerate and cut when cold.  Makes 5 pounds.

Decorating option:  melt white chips in a microwave for 1 minute.  Stir in heavy cream until well blended.  Arrange pecans or candies on top of fudge and spoon chip/cream mixture over.  Chill before serving.  Makes about 5 pounds. For the complete recipe, visit today.


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