I love Family Fun magazine, despite the facts that it’s owned by Disney and geared to younger children. I really have no reason to read it these days since our only offspring can be considered a child only if you employ vast amounts of imagination and great squinting of the eyes. She’s in college, not likely to be tempted by the prospect of creating a clamshell candy chain or a painted flower pot.
Still, I can’t help occasionally flipping through the magazine’s pages because every now and then I strike gold among “them thar pages.”
It was with that thought in mind that I picked up a copy last week.
Mmmm, thought I, that peppermint fudge looks good. And it says here it only takes twenty minutes to make.
The treat seemed to meet both my requirements for cookery — looks impressive but is actually a cinch. More importantly, I had all the ingredients at home.
Well, it was simple, but by no means easy, at least not for me, probably because I chose to crush candy canes to use for the “coarsely crushed peppermint candies.” This proved to be not nearly as straightforward as you might imagine. For the record? The plastic wrapping on candy canes is very, very staticky. Combine that detail with my sticky fingers and the activity quickly became a drawn-out mess. Also, my rolling pin will never be the same. (What else would I use to crush them?)
Nonetheless, the final results were satisfactory. Quite attractive and rather “moreish” as my father-in-law would say, meaning you want to keep eating it.
I didn’t take a picture of the fudge to post here because, well, you’ve seen what a dab hand I am at posting my own photos. (If you haven’t, I suggest you check out the less than stellar photography of the Santa mob in my earlier post.) So, if you want a photo, buy the magazine. Mine looked just like that (honest!), a lot like peppermint bark.
I was going to share the recipe but I’ve heard Disney is a little cranky about copyright, so if you want it, leave a comment, and I’ll tell you how you can get it.