Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rich Chocolate Candy

A lot of the recipes I post are ones I remember using as a teenager.  Generally I haven’t used them for quite a number of years and it’s fun to resurrect them and let my taste buds take a walk down memory lane.

I always make a point of trying them out before I post just in case my taste buds suffered from some teenage food tasting weirdness that has since abated with adulthood.

This week was an interesting week in the blog kitchen.  Last month I wrote about my memories of making fudge and posted a Five Minute Fudge recipe. 

That one is quite sweet so for those of you who desire something a little more cocoa flavoured, and don’t want to be bothered boiling anything; I decided to post the other easy Rummoli night favourite - a “no cook” fudge recipe.

I rooted through my cupboard trying to unearth the long forgotten recipe.  I had vague memories of ingredients including a chocolate pudding mix and cornstarch. 

One of my mother’s recipes for chocolate fudge made with chocolate pudding mix finally came to light.  There was no cornstarch which threw me a little (something didn’t seem quite right) but I forged ahead.

The recipe said to put the pudding mix, 2 tbsp. of butter and ¼ cup of milk in a pot and boil it for one minute, stirring constantly, as it would easily stick and burn.

About 30 seconds after I poured in the milk I had major doubts.  I stirred the three ingredients together and balefully eyed a shiny, black, congealed mass in the bottom of my pot.  It looked like something I’d peeled out of the cracks in the concrete on the street. 

Hopeful it would liquefy after the application of heat I attempted to stir the gelatinous blob residing in the pot.  It was futile hope.  Here’s what I ended up with...

I messed around with it a bit, giggling helplessly while adding milk and icing sugar, but to no avail.  There was no redemption for this black blob, short of being turned over to the oil refineries as bitumen.  It hit the bottom of the eco-bin with a heavy, wet splat!

You’ll be happy to know that’s not the recipe I’m posting this week.  I called my sister (still giggling helplessly) who bailed me out (laughing the whole time) by giving me the recipe I wanted in the first place.  The end result of this second attempt is a little more appealing.

As long as you can melt butter in the microwave you can make this recipe.  It’s super easy, and feeds the desire for instant gratification because you can eat it within about half an hour of making it.  I hope you enjoy it.

Do you have any cooking disasters that sent you into fits of laughter?  Share them by clicking on “comments” below.


Spray an 8” x 8” pan with cooking spray or coat with margarine or butter.

Measuring the following dry ingredients into a mixing bowl:
2 cups icing sugar
½ cup cocoa
½ cup cornstarch

Melt ¾ cup butter in the microwave.  Pour the melted butter and 1 tsp. vanilla into the dry ingredients.  Stir this together quickly (it sets up in no time so make sure you’re ready to stir when you add the butter and vanilla).  Pat into the pan and allow to cool.  Cut into squares and enjoy!


Diane Henders said...

...And the Henders sisters narrowly avoid poisoning innocent bystanders yet again...

But we always had fun. Is it wrong to giggle? :-)

Carol Henders said...

Yup, so far, so good! And, no, giggling is never wrong in fact we should all do it more often!