Gluten Free, Dairy Free Fudge

My family loves fudge so I took a basic fudge recipe and was able to convert it for different flavors. I made Mint Chocolate Chip and Cherry Walnut

Basic Fudge Recipe
*1 pkg. (10oz) GF/DF chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/our_foods/chocolate_chips.html)
*1 cup sweetened condensed milk (see recipe below)
*1 tsp vanilla extract (or mint extract for mint chocolate chip fudge)
*1 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup candied cherries or 1/2 cup additional chocolate chips (optional). (WARNING!  Candied cherries and maraschino cherries have corn syrup in them. An alternative is to buy natural maraschino cherries from the natural candy store and candy them yourself. (See recipe below) http://www.naturalcandystore.com/product/all-natural-maraschino-cherries/natural-dessert-toppings)

Line 8 inch square pan with Glad press and seal (or plastic wrap). Make condensed milk. Add chocolate chips and vanilla (or mint) and stir until melted. Stir in nuts and cherries or chocolate chips (if desired). Spread into the pan. Cool until set and firm. Cut into squares. Makes 1 1/2 pounds fudge.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe
*1 cup instant milk powder (DariFree or Better Than Milk)
*2/3 cup sugar
*2 tbs margarine
*1/2 cup water.

In a small bowl mix instant milk powder and sugar. In a medium saucepan melt the butter into the water. Add the dry ingredients to the water/butter and bring to a boil. Boil for about 7 minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture is slightly thickened. Makes the equivalent of 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

Recipe for candied cherries
*10 oz. jar Maraschino Cherries
*1/2 C Sugar
*2 T juice from the cherries

Drain the juice from the maraschino cherries into a container reserving 2 T. of cherry juiceIn top of a double boiler pan, cook cherry juice and sugar over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Add the maraschino cherries. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove top pan from over the water. Let pan stand at room temperature overnight. Cherries will then have the thick syrup coating you want.

Enjoy,
Jen

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