Tobins' Tastes: Mint M&M Fudge

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mint M&M Fudge

This Mint M&M Fudge has only three ingredients and is so easy to make! Creamy, crunchy and minty: it's the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat! 

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Based on these photos you are probably expecting me to talk about St. Patrick's Day. But I am going to throw your for a loop and skip over the fact that these are the perfect St. Paddy's Day treat and instead I am going to tell you about my Dad.

My Dad is a pretty easy guy to make happy. Aside from having his family and friends around, the things that make him happy are pretty simple.

A Notre Dame football win can have him smiling for 6 straight days until the following Saturday when the next game will fill our house with questions like "Are you nervous yet?" as he gets ready for kickoff. Give him the remote, a beer, some cheesy salsa and a couch full of Notre Dame loving family and friends for a game watch and he is a happy man.

My Dad also loves golf. My mom will say that the only time my Dad doesn't need his alarm clock is when he is going to play golf. He will struggle to get out of bed at 7 for work but a 7am tee time has him awake before 6. He even likes watching golf. I think watching golf is second only to watching Notre Dame sports in his tv viewing preferences.

My Dad also loves movies: new movies, old movies, weird western movies, anything really. In fact, we regularly buy him boxed dvd sets of old movies and tv shows. He also loves knowing random trivia facts about said movies. As long as he is in the theater before the previews withs someone to steal popcorn from, he would be happy watching almost anything.

But when it comes to desserts, well then my Dad decides to get difficult. His favorite dessert can't be Magic Cookie Bars or Gooey Bars or even Sugar Cookies. My Dad is not thrilled by your traditional cupcakes or sheets cakes (although he will gladly eat them). When it comes to sweet treats, my father has to go for the time consuming ones, the involves 18 different steps ones, the you have to make a completely separate trip to the store because you definitely don't have ingredients just laying around in your pantry ones.

No, his favorite desserts are Peanut Butter Buckeyes and Peppermint Pattie Cupcakes. Both of which require things like double boilers and dipping things in chocolate or stuffing and rolling things by hand. So even though I broke down and made him his traditional birthday dessert of Peppermint Pattie Cupcakes, this year I also made him an easy dessert to enjoy as well.

This Mint M&M Fudge only has three ingredients and the recipe really is as simple as combine, melt, stir, pour, eat. It was so easy that I actually made it on a Friday night after a full school week. And since by most Friday nights it is all I can do to put on sweats and watch On Demand, that should tell you something. And my Dad dubbed it "Quite Possibly The Best Thing You Have Ever Made".  So we are going to call it a win on multiple fronts.

So Happy Birthday to the best dad in the world. You are worth every burn I get from that double boiler. Although I guess that next year I can skip the Peppermint Pattie Cupcakes and just make this fudge instead.

Mint M&M Fudge

  • 3 cups of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed Mint M&M's (1 cup for the fudge, 1/2 cup for topping it)
1.) In a saucepan combine the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. 

2.) Stir on medium heat until chocolate chips are completely melted and combined. 

3.) Turn off the heat and stir in 1 cup of crushed Mint M&M's.

4.) Pour mixture into a 9x9 pan lined with tin foil.  Top with leftover 1/2 cup of crushed Mint M&M's. You may need to press the M&M's down into the fudge so that they stick. 

5.) Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. 

6.) Pull the foil edges up and use the foil to remove the fudge from the pan. Cut into squares to serve. Be sure to store leftover fudge in the fridge so it doesn't get melty.

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