I love making fudge for gifts and family gatherings. Can I substitute different flavors of baking chips for chocolate chips in my fudge recipe? —J.B., Kettle River, Minnesota
It depends. Different flavors of baking chips are made from different ingredients and have varying melting points. So you might try substitutes for chocolate chips in recipes that don't require the candy mixture to reach a specific temperature during cooking. Recipes with ingredients like marshmallow creme or sweetened condensed milk also are safer bets because these ingredients help stabilize the fudge. Some flavored chips, such as butterscotch or peanut butter, are sweeter than semisweet chocolate chips, so you may want to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe to compensate.