Chocolate-Marshmallow Fudge

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This creamy, rich fudge is lightened by the marshmallows. The fudge will keep, uncut, in the refrigerator for 1 week, tightly wrapped in aluminum foil. Cut into bars or squares before serving or packing into gift boxes.
Makes sixteen 2-inch (2.5-cm) bars
4 tablespoons (2 oz/60 g) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (7 oz/220 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup (8 oz/250 g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (2 1/2 oz/75 g) light corn syrup
1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) half-and-half (half cream)
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 oz (125 g) bittersweet or semisweet (plain) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (2 oz/60 g) chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups (2 1/2 oz/75 g) miniature marshmallows
Adapted from "Christmas Entertaining" by Georgeanne Brennan. Copyright 2007 by Weldon Owen Inc. and Williams-Sonoma Inc. Photograph by Keller & Keller.

Source: , Christmas Entertaining (Williams-Sonoma) (9780...

Step 1

Lightly butter an 8-inch (20-cm) square pan and set aside.

Step 2

In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, sugars, corn syrup, half-and-half, and salt and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, brush down any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan. Boil for 2 ½ minutes and then stir in the chocolate until melted and well blended. Continue to boil, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 234°F (112°C), 7–10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove from the heat and let cool until almost room temperature, or 110°F (43°C) on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes. Using an electric mixer, beat the fudge until the color dulls and the fudge is creamy, 2–3 minutes. Mix in the walnuts by hand.

Step 4

Sprinkle the marshmallows in the prepared pan and spoon the fudge over them. Lay a piece of plastic wrap across the surface and, using your hands, press the fudge down into the marshmallows. Remove the plastic and smooth the surface of the fudge with a spatula. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate until firm, about 6 hours. Cut into 2-inch (2.5-cm) bars, or any shape desired, to serve or give as a gift.

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