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unsweetened chocolate, cut up (or 3 tbsp cocoa + 1 tbsp oil or shortening)
chopped nuts (optional)
Line a 9x5" pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Butter foil and set aside.
Butter sides of a heavy duty 2 quart pot.
In pot, combine sugar, milk, chocolate and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium-high heat till mixture boils.
Reduce heat to medium-low and continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently till soft ball stage (234 degrees).
Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla but DO NOT STIR!
Let cool about 50 minutes (till 110 degrees).
Beat mixture vigorously till fudge begins to thicken. If desired, add nuts.
Continue beating till fudge is thick and begins to lose its glossy look (About 10 minutes).
Immediately spread fudge into prepared pan. Score into squares while still warm.