I'll admit it. I hate making candy. It's tedious to me. But I looooove eating it. Chocolate fudge was a Christmas eve treat at my house and my mother always made it to perfection but I just could never stand all the time trying to get it to the 'soft ball' stage, etc. I tried a few times and had many, many failures.
So, I had Ghiradella dark chocolate chips and wanted something sweet for dessert and wasn't feeling like just eating the chips out of the bag with a spoon and a glass of milk. I had no eggs, very little butter, no vegetable oil, (can you tell it's time to go grocery shopping?) and only evaporated milk and powdered sugar. So I started searching through my cookbook and found a no cook fudge recipe that used exactly what I had.
I used all the chocolate chips I had (16oz), 3 tablespoons of butter and 6 Tbsps of evaporated milk, put in a pan and melt over low heat and stir until incorporated. Then whip in 3-4 cups of confectioners sugar and roughly chopped hazelnuts. Once the sugar went in, I just keep beating/stirring it until it was smooth and added sugar until it was thick (the consistency I remember after you whip the hell out 'real' fudge). That's it, you're done. I pressed it into a buttered 8 inch square baking dish and put into the fridge until set. The only bad part was there was a little butter floating on the top when I pressed it in the cake pan but I blotted that off and now it's fine. Bringing it back to room temp after chilling it overnight it is a perfect fudge consistency.
Once I made a version that involved marshmallow cream and was easy too, but this is better and easier.
It's honestly just as good as my mother's and took about ten minutes, if that. I'm thinking about giving this stuff away at Christmas and letting everyone THINK I slaved over it. Man I love cheating.