Chunky Chocolate Fudge Wreath

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Looking for an idea of what to bring to a holiday party? Why not take a simple fudge recipe and turn it into a wreath?

Ingredients:

12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (save can)
8 ounce walnuts, plus more for topping
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
3 tbsp. butter
Candied red & green cherries to decorate top (like holly)
Softened butter to grease an 8 inch cake pan

Directions:

1.  Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with softened butter. Pour chocolate and butterscotch chips, condensed milk, butter and vanilla into a medium sauce pan. Put the pan on the stove and turn the heat to low. Stir 3 to 4 minutes until melted.
2.  Cover the empty condensed milk can with plastic wrap and put it int he center of the round cake pan.
3.  Stir in nuts and raisins. Scoop the fudge into the cake pan around the can to form a wreath or ring shape.
4.  Cut the red cherries in half with scissors and the green cherries into quarters. Use the green pieces to make leaves and the red to make holly berries. Decorate the fudge with several groups of holly berry sprigs made from the cherries and garnish with walnuts between the sprigs.
5.  Put the fudge in the fridge and chill until firm. (about 2 hours)
6.  Remove the can from the center, then loosen the sides and bottom of the fudge with a spatula.

Tips/Variations:

  • To give the wreath as a gift, wrap in cellophane and secure with a bow or ornament.
  • Walnuts are optional, if someone does not like nuts.
  • For easier removal, put aluminum foil hanging over the edges of the pan so that you can lift the fudge out.
  • Rachel Ray offers a similar recipe, with variations for a White Chocolate Wreath with Pistachio & Cranberry or a Goober and Raisinette Wreath.  We have not made either one yet, but look forward to trying them this holiday season.

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