Kids can practically make this fudge recipe by themselves. Just don't let them eat it alone. The steps move along quickly, so read the recipe carefully before starting and have all the tools and ingredients ready.
For the Fudge
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups mini marshmallows
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Mix-Ins (Optional)
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup crushed peppermints
Line 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with strips of waxed or parchment paper; coat evenly with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Set over medium heat; cook, stirring, until butter and marshmallows are almost melted, 5 to 6 minutes.
Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. An adult should remove the pan from the heat.
Add chocolate chips and vanilla to saucepan. Stir until chips are melted and combined. If you like, mix in 1/2 cup peppermints or nuts.
An adult should pour hot fudge into the loaf pan. Top with remaining mints or nuts.
Cool fudge in the pan, at room temperature, 3 hours. Grip paper, lift out fudge, and place on cutting board. Discard paper. An adult should cut fudge into squares. Pack in a box lined with waxed paper to avoid sticking.