The Eisenhower administration was known for a few things: establishing the interstate highway system, proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1960, and apparently, chocolate fudge. Notably named million dollar fudge in other circles, this recipe was shared with millions of Americans as a favorite recipe of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. While there's no telling if this was her *legit* recipe (sources say it was a family favorite), we can assume the first lady loved enjoying a piece of fudge or two while living in the White House.
How to Make Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge
What makes this recipe popular (especially during the 50s), is the ease of preparation. All ingredients can be picked up at the grocery store and make from boxed ingredients.
To start, coat a square pan or jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Place a piece of parchment paper in the prepared pan and set aside. You can also use wax paper or aluminum foil.
In a large bowl combine semisweet chocolate chips, Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, broken into small pieces, and marshmallow creme.
In a saucepan combine the sugar, salt, and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour syrup over the marshmallow cream and chocolate mixture and stir to combine, melting the chocolate. Stir in the nuts (pecans, walnuts, what have you) if using and a pinch of salt.
Pour the chocolate fudge into the prepared pan and let cool at room temperature until firm. Its best to do this overnight. cut the best fudge into 1-inch squares and serve. Keep in an airtight container.
Easy to make and rich, this fudge is a winner in my book. Next time I plan on adding some peanut butter to this chocolate fudge recipe.