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Cashew Caramel Fudge

 Cashew Caramel Fudge
Meet the Cook: A pretty plate of this yummy confection makes a great present! Cashews and caramel are such a delicious combination. I especially enjoy making this fudge for a holiday treat. Throughout the year, I do a lot of baking. Our four children are always ready with their appetites and opinions. -Cathy Grubelnik, Raton, New Mexico
81 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 24 caramels, quartered
  • 3/4 cup salted cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; butter the foil with 2 teaspoons
  • butter. Set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and remaining
  • butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Bring to a rapid boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chips and marshmallow creme
  • until melted. Fold in the caramels, cashews and vanilla.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan.
  • Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight
  • container. Yield: about 3 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 85 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.