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First Attempt at Fudge

You may wonder how a chocoholic like me has made it this far in life without making fudge.  I'm not sure, either.  I'm in the process of transferring my recipes from index cards to 8.5 x 11 page size and as I do, I make each one to be sure it is worthy of the work it takes to type it up.  I may even post about that process later.

This recipe is called Jello Chocolate Pudding fudge and does not include marshmallow creme nor any time on the stove.  I have included the recipe at the bottom so you can copy and paste with out the pictures in between.  The pictures, I might add, were taken at night under less than perfect (ok, crappy) lighting conditions.  As a side note, anyone know why the macro setting on my camera let in so much light and washed everything out?  Moving on...

Ingredients:
1 package (8oz) semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup water
1 package Jello chocolate pudding mix (Aldi brand worked fine)
3 cups powdered sugar


First, I had to dust off the baking chocolate.

Literally.  See that cobweb in there?  I trashed these squares and bought new baker's chocolate that didn't expire in April of last year.  Is is possible to substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips for semi-sweet baking chocolate?  Not sure, but in this house, the chocolate chips serve a loftier purpose: to be eaten on a spoon with peanut butter.

Microwave 4 one-ounce sized chocolate squares with 6 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup water on high, stirring often for 2 minutes or until melted.

Stir.  Add dry pudding mix and stir until well blended.

Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring until well blended after each addition.

Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil and press pudding mixture into pan. Microwave 4 one-ounce sized chocolate squares with 2 tablespoons butter on high for one and a half minutes stirring often until melted.

Spread over pudding mixture.  Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

Verdict: SUCCESS!  So creamy and delicious.  Anyone attending the family dinner on Monday gets to sample some!

Jello Chocolate Pudding Fudge
Ingredients:
1 package (8oz) semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup water
1 package Jello chocolate pudding mix.
3 cups powdered sugar

-Microwave 4 one-ounce sized chocolate squares with 6 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup water on high, stirring often for 2 minutes or until melted.
-Stir.  Add dry pudding mix and stir until well blended.
-Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring until well blended after each addition.
-Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil and press pudding mixture into pan.
-Microwave 4 one-ounce sized chocolate squares with 2 tablespoons butter on high for one and a half minutes stirring often until melted.  Spread over pudding mixture.
-Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

What is the next step?

I like to make things.  I would definitely consider myself crafty.  Now, I'm thinking I'd like to take the leap over to start selling some of my creations.  I'm starting with hair accessories since I've had some success there.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what I'm doing on the business side.

I know how to make many different kids of hair accessories, so should I make a bunch up for each design?  I plan to put a link or something on the side of this blog to some Picasa pictures I have of what I can do.  What do you think of that idea?  Should I print off a few business cards to throw in with hair bows I make as gifts/ silent auction baskets etc.?  What should I put on those business cards?  How do I even name my business?!  (I really don't plan to sell on Etsy- so much competition.)









I feel like I'm doing well on my side of the cliff; enjoying the things I have created.  The other side of that cliff looks interesting as well; selling my creations for people to enjoy.  However, building that bridge is very intimidating!  I would appreciate any suggestions, encouragement, comments, lessons learned from those who have built such bridges as well as those on the observation deck of either side of the cliff who have wisdom to offer.  Thanks!

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