What can I say? The mere thought of it makes me feel better. A concentrated happiness in a sweet, soft, smooth, chocolate-y treat.
If you feel bad about the calories, you can always pretend to have it as a lesson in self-control. Smell it and stare it down without trying a piece. If you’re really brave you can try the advanced level- smell it, try a tiny piece, and stare it down without eating anymore. See for how long you can do it.
OK, you know I’m just kidding! Go ahead and dig in!
I have to say that nobody told me before about cranberries added to fudge. All those years of staying in the dark. Who said that ignorance is bliss?
Walnut Cranberry Fudge-y Treat
1 can (12 oz., 396 g.) Sweetened condensed milk
1 package (12 oz., 340 g.) semi-sweet chocolate chips*
A pinch (or more) ground cardamon
1/2 cup cranberries**
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped**
Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a pot, and heat on medium, until the milk feels more liquid-y when stirring.
Add the chocolate chips and cardamon, and stir to melt.
Take off the stove. Stir for a minute of so, but before the fudge gets hard, add the cranberries and walnuts.
Pour into a square baking pan lined with plastic wrap (I think it’s 9”x9”). Smooth the fudge as best as you can.
Now for the hard part- wait for it to settle. At least 2 hours. The next day it’s actually better.
*The semi-sweet chocolate I use is from Kroger, their Value brand, which is the cheapest home-brand they carry. The chocolate chips are parve- non dairy. The fudge is dairy, but I use that chocolate as it is better and not as sweet as the more common ones on the market. Try it! It’s much cheaper too!
**I’d probably add much more walnut and cranberries, maybe some almond and other goodies next time to make it into a bark-type sweet. I’ll probably have to add also more chocolate.