I've been making this fudge for 30+ years and it comes out perfect every time. It's so fast and easy and comes out very rich, creamy and delicious. I don't remember where I originally got the recipe, but it's been a keeper. You can add in things like nuts, candy or whatever you like or if you prefer, just keep it plain, like the picture. This fudge makes a great Christmas gift and I've filled many a gift tin with it over the years and it's a hit every time. Hope you enjoy it as much as our family has.
OPTIONAL: IF YOU PREFER A DARKER FUDGE, YOU MAY USE 2 CUPS SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND OMIT THE MILK CHOCOLATE CHIPS. IF YOU PREFER A LIGHTER CHOCOLATE, YOU MAY ADD 2 CUPS MILK CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND OMIT THE SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
YOU CAN ADD ANY COMBINATION OF CHIPS THAT YOU LIKE, JUST SO THAT YOUR TOTAL AMOUNT OF CHIPS DOES NOT EXCEED TWO CUPS.
Line an 8" X 8" pan with foil and coat with butter, set aside.
Pour sweetened condensed milk into a heavy sauce pan. Add chocolate chips. Stir constantly over low/medium heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. NOTE: At this time, you may also stir in nuts, candy pieces, toffee, or whatever you like. Spread mixture into 8" x 8" pan and chill for at least one hour or until fudge is firm.
When fudge is firm, remove pan from refrigerator and lift out using foil. Remove foil and cut into squares (I use a pizza wheel). Store covered in refrigerator.