I miss Fudge…

I am trying to be good
and eat less butter and sugar this month
and drink more water
LOTS and LOTS of water!

that is what any sensible girl would do after the holidays

it is after all the time to focus on getting fit again

=)

only

I miss Fudge…

maybe it is because I made 2 delightful batches

hundreds of little tree shaped chocolate minty goodness

melt in your mouth

sweet smooth fudge candy

and I gave nearly all of it to our neighbors!

What is wrong with me??   =)

Really ~ it isn’t exactly fudge!

The recipe I found is called

Frango Mints

which really is plagiarism isn’t it??  =)

I found it on the internet

and I modified it …

because

well

I do that!

Real Frangos

melt in your mouth

smooth chocolate candy

which are originally from Fredrick n Nelson

a Christmas Classic!!

What?  You don’t know what Fredrick n Nelson is?

man I am old!  =)

Real Frangos are now owned by The Bon…

alright ~ fine … Macy’s  =)

ANYway!

first I melted a package of mini chocolate chips

in a double boiler …

just because it said to and I wanted to follow ONE rule

but right after I turned off the burner

I added about a half a cup of Marshmallow creme to the melted chocolate

and I added 2 tbsp of melted butter

then you pour the melted chocolate  into a mixing bowl

where you have already creamed the butter and powdered sugar

and flavoring

oh… and I used Rum extract and Mint extract… yum!~

At this point it is sticky and messy

I buttered my hands and then I sort of kneaded it

after I “mixed” it…

b/c the mixing didn’t go so smoothly…

sticky.

I guess I didn’t really Knead it

I played with it

like you would with pizza dough

pretending to be a cool pizza chef

only don’t toss it in the air!

then I flattened it on wax paper with my buttered hands

instead of dropping it by spoonfuls

I  poured candy sprinkles onto it and pressed them down a bit

Oh… I Refrigerated it for about an hour or so at this point!

After an hour or so in the fridge

I cut them out with a mini Christmas cookie cutter

just because it was fun to make little trees!!

and then…

just because

I wanted to be the COOLEST gal on the block

I pulled out candy melts

the same kind Bakerella uses on her oh so amazing Cake Pops

I melted them (in the microwave)

and thinned it a little as directed …

with crisco shortening

just ignore that

pretend you are NOT using FAT

Then I poured it into an icing bag for piping

and piped my little trees with green candy melt!

they turned out SO cool!!

the piping made them look SO fancy!

and added flavor and texture!

I had to work fast

and clean out the piping tips immediately

the candy melt cools and hardens quickly!

if one were to NOT clean them before they hardened

I am sure HOT water would fix that little problem!  =)

beautiful

melt in your mouth

yummy

Frango Mint Fudgelike candy

When they were done

I was so delighted!

I felt famous

like the Cake Boss

or Bakerella

or The Pioneer Woman!

Well

Anyway

I think my neighbors will  LOVE me

forever and EVER

Amen!   =)

Maybe I will open a mint frango marshmallow fudge shop?

or maybe I will just make them again for Valentines Day…

with little heart cookie cutters

and red candy melt

only this time we are KEEPING them all!!

Don’t get me wrong…

we enjoyed giving them to our neighbors

but we only got to eat 1 or 2 each!!

SO

after you drink water ALL month

make these for your loved ones

on Valentines Day!! =)

or just make em NOW

decisions decisions!!

oh the stress =)

I need a bottle of Metromint water!!

Maybe that will help?!

Happy Baking!

Jenn~

12 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Pennie at Mom Thoughts yazmış:

    You, my dear, are an amazing confectioner! Look at those babies! Wow! They look amazing! I’m sure fudge is on SOME diet, right? (I’m such a supportive friend…I’m absolutely no good when it comes to helping people stay on their diets. I’m the friend who convinces you to have ice cream for breakfast. sorry. It’s in my genes. Or, rather, “jeans.” Really. I can prove it. I have the body to prove it, for Pete’s sake!) 🙂

  • 2 Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy yazmış:

    sounds yummy and easy at the same time. I’m going to bookmark this page and try it soon, maybe I heart day as you said

  • 3 Mrs. Dunbar yazmış:

    THose trees look adorable.

    I didn’t think you were supposed to bake anything in January? I actually made cookies and through all of the left over chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and M&M’s in them. My husband looked at me like I was nuts. I just said I was trying to get rid of all of the extra sugar in the house.

  • 4 Debby Pucci yazmış:

    Awesome. Thank you. I grew up in Chicago with Marshall Fields and love Frango Mints.

  • 5 Jules yazmış:

    I have no idea who Fredrick N Nelson is……but I do know who Bakerella is!

  • 6 Jules yazmış:

    I’ll send you my address so you can send me some of those Valentine fudgies….

  • 7 Jen Gacek yazmış:

    Okay, that 2nd picture of chocolate doesn’t look like….well…chocolate! Good thing they turned out so pretty in the end, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen! I’m having Christmas baking withdrawal too. I’m craving the chocolate like crazy! Let’s just say I’ve been chewing a lot of gum lately to try and curb my cravings!

  • 8 MarieElizabeth yazmış:

    Can I be your neighbor? Those look heavenly, no wonder you are missing them. Something to look forward to in Feb!

  • 9 LeAnna yazmış:

    Those look absolutely amazing!!!!! I’ve been making homemade almond joy bites. They have coconut oil instead of crisco so I’ve fooled myself into thinking they’re better for me. 😉 That water looks good, I must try it sometime!

  • 10 Anne U yazmış:

    That fudge does look pretty great.

  • 11 Chelsi yazmış:

    Oh goodness!!! I might have to make those for Valentine’s day!!!!

    I laughed out loud at the Bon comment! 🙂 But I wasn’t around for the other store you mentioned… 😉

  • 12 Liz yazmış:

    Oh those look delicious!!!! You *should* feel famous 😉

    Thank you so much for the sweet comments the other day. I love that we both were so against video games, and yet . . . lol!

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