Mamie Eisenhower's fudge
Apparently the wife of former president Dwight Eisenhower was known for her fudge. This is made with both evaporated milk and marshmallow "fluff" (so it's sweet), and a candy thermometer isn't necessary. If you see homemade fudge at a bake sale, it's very likely to be a version of this, which has been popular with home bakers for decades. Makes four pounds.
4 1/2 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 1-pint jar marshmallow cream (also called fluff)
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
12 ounces German sweet chocolate
1. Butter a jelly roll pan or another pan that measures 11-by-16-inches.
2. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil and let it bubble for 6 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, combine the pecans, marshmallow fluff, and both semisweet and sweet chocolate. Pour the boiling syrup over the chocolate mixture. Beat until chocolate is all melted.
4. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan. Let it sit for several hours at room temperature to firm up. Cut into 1-inch squares.
Adapted from "The American Century Cookbook"