Growing up, I have never had any issues with my teeth. Other than some orthodontia, I never had any cavity, decay, gingivitis…nothin’ (I really owe most of it to fluoridated water — never let anyone convince you it’s detrimental to your health…but that lesson is for another day).
So let me tell you a story about my first 2 months in dental school. I went to my first cleaning by a student dentist about 2 weeks ago (we get free cleanings, restorative treatments, etc if done by another student). I’m in the chair, not a worry in the world because since starting school, I’ve been at the top of my oral hygiene game. Its not hard when it’s all you hear for 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. My student dentist, however, gave me some surprising news…I had caries (the correct terminology for the bacteria that causes the lay-term cavities) on one of my teeth. Well. I nearly cried.
The truth is though, for being in dental school, I have been exposed to a heck of a lot of candy, sugar, baked goods etc. Pediatric dentistry club needs some money? They have a bake sale. Someone’s running for student council? They bribe everyone with candy. Just finished an anatomy test? Well, we’re going for margaritas. Obviously.
And so I sat in that chair, my world crumbling before my eyes (yes, I know I’m being dramatic — I take great pride in my oral cavity). Then I came home and decided to make fudge. Perfectly logical.
Any why wouldn’t you want to make fudge? This recipe contains only 3 ingredients. Easy as it gets. And it tastes LOVELY. I added crushed candy canes on top to make it slightly Christmassy…never too early to get into the holiday spirit. You can add anything else you’d like on top or inside. Add crushed oreos to make cookie’s and cream fudge, or simply add nuts to add a bit of crunch.
Three Ingredient Christmas Fudge
One 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips
One 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
3 candy canes
1. Unwrap candy canes and blend in blender until finely ground. Bigger chunks are fine too.
2. Add chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a sauce pan over the lowest heat possible on your stove top. Stir constantly. If you let the mixture sit for too long, it will burn and you’ll get dark pieces floating in your magnificently pure while chocolate. It’s not okay.
3. Keep stirring until all chocolate chips have melted (usually around 20-25 minutes). Then pour into a greased 9×9 baking dish. Add candy cane shavings on top and spread evenly while fudge is still soft.
4. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours to set.