Every summer since I was a little girl, my parents have rented a house in Cape May, NJ. I love Cape May for many reasons but mainly because it has a beautiful beach, its streets are dotted with old Victorian houses, and it has numerous delicious restaurants to eat at. One of our favorite places to grab an after-dinner treat is the Fudge Kitchen. This place has zillions of different flavors of fudge and you can even watch them make the fudge through their storefront window. If you have a sweet tooth, this place is heaven on earth! It smells amazing and the fudge tastes even better. Even though they have so many different types of fudge, one of my favorites is Cherry Vanilla Fudge. There’s something about creamy vanilla fudge with chopped Maraschino cherries that tastes fantastic and makes me feel like a kid again. Since Labor Day is one of the last weekends of summer and this fudge reminds me so much of my summer memories in Cape May, I’ve decided to make a batch to share with my family this past weekend.
What recipes remind you the most of summer? Do share!
- 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
- 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
- 3/4 cup roughly chopped maraschino cherries
- 1 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
- Line a 9-in. square pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1 tbsp butter.
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, sour cream and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rapid boil and cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 234 degrees, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat; stir in white chocolate and marshmallow creme until melted.
- Fold in cherries and cherry juice. Pour into prepared pan.
- Chill until firm.
- Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares and store in the refrigerator.
*Yield: 2 pounds