Candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. Those are Buddy the Elf’s favorite food groups. I have to admit, they sound pretty good to me. Who needs a balanced diet? I often joke sugar is at the bottom of my food pyramid, but in all seriousness I love both healthy foods and sweet treats. It’s all about balance and moderation.
With all the sugary goodness, it’s no wonder Elf is one of my favorite holiday movies. It’s just not Christmas without Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Love Actually. What makes Elf so great is that it’s funny . . . no . . . hilarious, while still being moving and heartfelt. So many Christmas movies are rather depressing, but not Elf. Maybe one day there’ll be an Elf 2!
Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to see Elf the Musical. It wasn’t quite as good as the movie, but it was still a fun night out and a good show. Like the movie, it was funny and uplifting. The original songs were all quite catchy, and they actors were so talented! I don’t know how they perform eight shows a week. One would be tough for me. My arms got tired mixing blondie dough the other day!
While my four main food groups may not be the same as Buddy’s, we both share a deep love of sweets. I know Buddy would devour this Penuche Fudge. It’s a rich, brown sugar candy that’s perfect for the holidays. There’s enough to share and give as gifts. Plus, it’s gluten free! It has a slightly grainy texture when you first bite into it that quickly dissolves in your mouth into sweet goodness. There is some complexity from the brown sugar, but this is a very sweet, rich dessert. Just what I’m craving this time of year as I sit down for another viewing of Elf!
2 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
2 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups milk (I used almond milk, but any will work)
1 stick unsalted butter
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang for easy removal later.
In a large saucepan, combine sugars, milk, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer. This will take awhile and the mixture will bubble a lot during cooking. Be careful!
Once the mixture has reached 236, remove it from the heat and either pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer or a heatproof bowl and beat it with a hand mixer. Either way, increase the speed slowly until it is on medium-high. Beat until the mixture has thickened and lightened in color, 5-10 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat for 1 additional minute.
Spread mixture into prepared pan and smooth the top. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. Fudge may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Fudge needs an additional two hours to set in the refrigerator!
Recipe adapted from Food Babbles
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