This super simple fudge recipe won me a blue ribbon at our county fair last September. It is rich but not too rich, has just the right amount of sweetness, and has a great smooth texture. It makes a wonderful gift anytime and can be made in minutes, making it perfect if you need something at the last minute.
All you need are four ingredients:
A bag of chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli 60% Cacao or Hershey's Special Dark), a can of sweetened condensed milk, a pinch of salt, and a splash of vanilla.
Combine the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and pinch of salt in a pot. Place over medium heat, stirring to combine, until the chocolate is melted. Once the mixture is smooth, remove from heat and stir in a splash of vanilla. Pour the fudge into an 8"x 8" pan lined with waxed paper or foil.
Place the pan in the refrigerator or in a cool place until it's set, usually about half and hour will do it. Take the fudge out of the pan, place on a cutting board, and cut to the desired size and shape. Then, simply try not to eat the whole pan!
In the future, I would like to pour this fudge into cookie cutters and give it as a gift that way.