I'm not a great one for food substitutes - I always could tell Stork from butter, sweetener from sugar etc etc. But when I read a recipe for pretend fudge, I thought I'd give it a go, because Lucius really likes fudge, only, of course, it's banned because it's almost all butter.
I made this for Lettice's birthday tea, and everyone liked it a lot, but, I have to warn you, no-one thought it tasted like fudge. It lacked that grainy quality, for a start. But there were quite a few people who couldn't stop eating it, and not all of them were children.
Chris calls her recipe Easy Schmeezie M&M Fudge. I couldn't make that, because I didn't have any M&Ms in the house. I couldn't even make it how she did, because there wasn't quite enough chocolate in the house, unless I broke open the chilli chocolate, but I'm the only person in the house that eats it. So mine was a bit softer than it should have been.
Melt 300g dark chocolate with the contents of a 400g can of low-fat condensed milk. Or use a bit more chocolate (Chris's proportions were 12 oz choc to 14 oz condensed milk) for a firmer result. Mix thoroughly, and pour onto a well-lined shallow tin. Cool, then cut into squares.
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