Photo: Oxmoor House
Makes 2 1/2 pounds.

An old-fashioned recipe that's perfect to share with your neighbors.

How to Make It

Combine sugar, milk, butter and salt in large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reads 236°. Remove from heat immediately; set pan in cold water. Do not stir or beat until cooled to lukewarm. Add vanilla; beat until candy becomes thick and creamy and loses its shine. When candy begins to set, add cherries and nuts; fold in quickly. Pour into buttered 8" x 8" pan. Let stand at room temperature until firm. Cut into squares.

Packaging instructions:Painted Box: Apply primer, then light blue paint to the outside of a small round paper maché box and lid; allow to dry. Apply self-adhesive snowflake-shaped stickers to the box. For the knob, stack and glue several white buttons to the lid.

Juanita Williams, Jacksonville, OR, Gooseberry Patch All Through the Seasons

Ratings & Reviews

November 11, 2015
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November 11, 2015
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Leina12's Review

October 14, 2010
Hmmm. Soooo Yummy! The cherries and pistachio are a realy groovy touch to such a simple fudge recipe. The red and green is not only festive but incredibly tasty! Loving it. I'm constantly trying out recipes for Better Recipes. This was such a great idea and by far the cutest i have sen. Thanks

blurose's Review

December 22, 2009
This fudge is delicious. Our family recipe calls for Marichino Cherries dried on a paper towel and pecans. We also just make this on clear sunny days. When I was a teenager, I made this fudge and forgot it in the cold water. (oops) I would not suggest doing that... lol