California Cuisine forum: See's fudge recipe

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Imagezuzu
Mar 16, 2010 3:14 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
See's is now a nationally renowned chain, but I worked there a long time ago, when there was only one factory in South San Francisco and a chain of shops in San Francisco and the counties adjacent to it.

While I was working there, I acquired the recipe for See's fudge. There are several places on the Web offering the "original recipe" for See's fudge, but most of them call for margarine. I can assure you that no one at See's ever would have used margarine. One of the reasons the fudge was so delicious was that real butter was used in the recipe.

It's really easy to make and doesn't call for any sophisticated techniques or equipment such as candy thermometers:

Mix 4 cups of sugar, 1 large can (12 oz.) of evaporated milk, and one cube of butter (1/4 lb.) in a saucepan. Stir it constantly over heat until it comes to a boil. Then let it boil for exactly 7 minutes without stirring.

During those 7 minutes, mix 4 packages chocolate chips (at the time, these only came in one size, so use the smaller ones or 2 of the larger ones) with 1 pint jar of marshmallow cream in a large bowl. Add the hot mixture when it's ready and stir vigorously until the chocolate is melted,

Add 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups of chopped walnuts. Pour into buttered pans. Let cool.

This recipe makes 5 pounds of fudge.
ImageBlissfulGarden
Mar 16, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana / Zone 8b

Ahhh, just when you think it's safe to pull out the swimsuit... this fabulous fudge recipe appears!
Imagezuzu
Mar 16, 2010 3:49 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
You may have to put the bathing suit away forever after I post my recipe for Blum's coffee crunch cake, one of the best desserts I've ever eaten.
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 16, 2010 8:53 PM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
I am at my heaviest ever and this doesn't help! I think I just gained a pound reading it!
ImageBlissfulGarden
Mar 16, 2010 9:47 PM CST
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana / Zone 8b

LOL, same here. I've got to lose it before we go on vacation this summer... though I thin that's going to require spending a lot less time on the computer!
Imagewcgypsy
Mar 22, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I put the swimsuit away long ago and decided to eat whatever I want....I'll be really happy for awhile and then I'll be mad at myself and have to do penance. Do they still make the See's Easter Egg? I sent some See's gift boxes recently which entitled me to receive one of their ever-so-tempting flyers last week and though I saw Easter type stuff, I didn't notice the Easter Egg.
Imagezuzu
Mar 22, 2010 10:51 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Do you mean the chocolate buttercream egg? That's the only one I care about. They still have it. In my opinion, though, the best thing at See's is the peanut brittle.
Imagewcgypsy
Mar 22, 2010 11:19 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yep, that's the one. I see a trip to See's in my future this week. The only candy to even begin to compare to See's was the Almond Brittle with Lemon Icing from Marshall Field's..incredible..that and their Frangos. I never really buy candy and now I'll be thinking about See's..may as well go tomorrow and get it over with...mmmmm. I think I was 18 when I got my last Easter Basket and I was devastated to find that I wouldn't keep getting them all through my lifetime. Perhaps we should all give ourselves Easter Baskets...no?
Imagezuzu
Mar 22, 2010 11:29 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
I'm game. I'll give myself an Easter basket this year: chocolate buttercream egg, peanut brittle, English toffee, and a few truffles.

Oh, I just remembered another great thing See's had, and may still have. It was a candy called Summertime. Years ago, when I ate lots of candy, this particular one was only available in the summer months. I don't know whether they still make seasonal changes. The summer assortment also included cashew brittle. Yum!
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 23, 2010 12:38 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
I am just going to have to unwatch this thread, I am gaining weight just reading it!
Imagezuzu
Mar 23, 2010 12:51 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Sorry, Sue. Although I don't think a basket of candy would hurt you. See, I can talk about candy all I want because I don't have a car and the nearest See's is at least 10 miles from my house. If I ever walked over there to buy the candy, I think the walk would neutralize the calories.
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 23, 2010 9:04 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
He he, yep, that's the way to justify eating chocolates, walk it off!
Maybe they deliver?! LOL
Imagewcgypsy
Mar 23, 2010 7:45 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Well, I went to See's today...got two Eggs (one Buttercream, one Bordeau for Jer) and told them Zuzu sent me.....lol. California cuisine, well, let's see.....I had to go do some errands (it's time for new market umbrellas and they just came out, on sale) and go to See's, then back home to work some more on cutting, pulling, digging out an old sprawling r. Cecile Brunner (overgrown with horrible lantana on a slope) so that I'll have more 'part shade' area for my salvias. After this my California Cuisine for dinner choice turned out to be refried beans with cheese/ enchilada sauce and a heaping bowl of guacamole and tortilla strips, downed with a margarita...dare I eat the Egg for desert? Jer opted for 'frozen whatever'......

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