I didn't do a lot of candy making this year for Christmas. I had just worked the most hours I've worked in 16 years and I was tired. The elementary school has been using me as a substitute quite a bit lately, sometimes up to full time hours in a week. I've been way too tired to actually make extra things.
However, with the Christmas break being two full weeks and another four day weekend this weekend, I'm all rested up and I'm cooking all the candy I missed out on at Christmas. This year I'm obsessed with new fudge flavors. I can't help myself. The eggnog was such a success, I had to try my hand at a few others I've been thinking about.
These flavors are super easy to make, especially since I cheated on the maple nut. I couldn't bring myself to buy real maple syrup for an experiment. It's so expensive! And fudge is such a frivolous, non-necessary thing. I know, the artificial flavors aren't the same, but it was close enough for me.
Maple Nut Fudge:
make vanilla fudge only omit the vanilla and add 2 t maple flavoring. After the fudge is whipped, add 3/4 c walnuts.
See? Super easy. Like most fudge, this one tastes better if you can let it sit for at least 24 hours. This allows the flavors to really blend and strengthen.
This one is my very favorite fudge ever. I can not rave enough about it. It was a little bite of heaven.
Orange Dreamsicle Fudge
Make vanilla fudge and this time reduce the vanilla to 1 t. Add 1/4 t orange oil and the zest of one orange. Also, you really need to let this one sit a day or so as well. I have no idea if more than 24 hours makes a difference because, quite frankly, I was lucky this one lasted the full 24 hours.
I've got one more new flavor of fudge to make this afternoon and then I should be all fudged out for the year.
Hopefully. I have gained weight this month, sadly. Those pounds tasted fantastic though.