This is the original Fantasy Fudge recipe from the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar -- a recipe that I got from my grandma years ago. The recipe on the jar today doesn't match this one, and I have no idea why. I've been making this stuff every Christmas since I was a kid, and everyone always freaks over it. I'm usually kinda embarrassed to share the recipe because it's so easy. I even once won 2nd place in a fudge contest with this "secret family recipe" -- but now the secret is out. And I hope you love it as much as my family does.
Today, I've renamed it "end-of-the-world fudge," because if the world really is ending on 12-21-12, this is what I want to eat! And lots of it. Calories won't matter tomorrow anyway …
3 cups sugar
¾ cup margarine (I always use real butter despite the original recipe calling for margarine)
¨ø cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 7-oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (totally optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar, margarine/butter and evaporated milk in a heavy 2.5 quart saucepan; bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly (yes, your arm might get tired -- mine definitely does).
Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Be sure to set a timer for 5 minutes exactly, it's the key to making this stuff turn out.
Remove from heat, stir in chocolate until melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts, and vanilla, then stir until blended.
Pour into greased 13" x 9" baking pan using a rubber spatula.
Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.