12 days of cookies: andes fudge

Can you believe it’s less than a week until Christmas?┬áMost of yesterday was spent finishing up Christmas shopping for friends + family. I feel utterly unprepared this year for some reason. I only bought Sister’s present on Friday (and she’s still not totally done yet), but at least that made me over a week out at that point! It took me a long time to figure out what to get her, so I hope she ends up enjoying it! If not, I’ll just make her a huge batch of cookies… or fudge.

Whether you’re out running errands/Christmas shopping all day long, or come home after a long day at work, you can’t ask for much more than a nice plate of homemade fudge. Easy enough to make on the busiest of days, and so versatile for any flavor you wish to make. Here is one of my favorite adaptations, but many more are listed below.

Andes Fudge

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 bags semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1t vanilla
  • a few andes candies, either whole and chopped up, or the pieces

1. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, warm up the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips.

2. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is creamed together. It might be a little stiff, so just power through.

3. Once everything is melted and mixed together, take off the heat and then stir in the vanilla.

4. Add in a sprinkling of the andes candies – the amount is up to you. I used roughly 1/4 of a bag.

5. Pour into a 9×9 pan, lined with wax paper. Top with additional andes and press into the top.

6. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight, and then cut into bite sized pieces.

I think these are the best straight from the fridge, but they have a more typical fudge consistency after they sit out for a little bit. Either way, this fudge will not be sitting around long.

I love mint + fudge together. The perfect combination.

Other perfect combinations?

  • Peanut butter chips + chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips + peppermint andes
  • White chocolate chips + gluten free cream-filled cookies
  • Butterscotch chips + semisweet chocolate chips
  • Plain white chocolate
  • Plain dark chocolate (add sprinkles to make it festive!)
  • Really any mixing of two bags of chocolate chips, plus your desired topping for the day

Once you figure out the initial concept, the possibilities are endless!

Random side comment – did you know Andes are made by Tootsie? As in Tootsie rolls? So random. Happy Monday, and happy day 7 of the 12 days of cookiesfudge!