16 oz. semisweet chocolate (2 packages)
1 (14oz.) can sweetened and condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract (or cherry liqueur or the liquid from maraschino cherries)
1 c. dried cherries
A fan of chocolate covered cherries? Then you'll love this fudge. Quick, easy, decadent.
You will need: Time. Requires at least 3 hours of refrigeration.
Yield: 3 lb. fudge, about 60 1-inch pieces
First, prepare the pan: line an 8x8 square baking pan with aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Make room in the refrigerator for the pan.
In a large microwavable bowl, break chocolate into 1 oz. or 1/2 oz. pieces. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate.
Microwave for 1 minute. Using a silicone-based spatula, stir vigorously. Do not use a regular rubber spatula, the melting chocolate will melt your spatula. Ick. The chocolate mixture will be lumpy. Return to microwave.
Microwave for 30 sec., then stir vigorously again. If after a good hearty stir it's still really lumpy, return to the microwave for another 30 sec. hit. Once the mixture is melted and homogeneous (nice and smooth), it's time to add the flavoring.
Traditionally, this is flavored with vanilla extract. If you have it, you can substitute the liquid from maraschino cherries or cherry liqueur for stronger cherry flavor.
Stir vigorously to a glossy sheen. Then stir in the dried cherries.
Turn into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
Remove fudge from pan and cut into 1 inch squares. Share and enjoy!
Submitted by Gretchen Grant Contributed on: and modified on Monday May 10th, 2010