When I was a kid one of my favorite after school treats was animal crackers (the iced pink and white kind). And even still now, on road trips or plane rides, I’ll randomly grab a bag and it takes me back to those days when I was a kid.
Outside of those special occasions, however, it’s not something I eat all that often. I think it’s because I feel a little childish when I buy them and even though I don’t have a problem with that, there’s something about it that stops me the majority of the time.
So, I thought it would be fun to bring that childhood snack into a more adult realm and turn it into fudge, with Anissa’s help. And dang! It is THE best fudge we’ve made so far. You have to try this one!
- 1 5oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 3 cups of sugar
- 7 oz of marshmallow cream
- 11.5 oz of white chocolate chips
- 1 bag of circus animal cookies
- 1 tablespoon of nonpareil
- Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
- Pour all of the animal cookies into a bag and crush the cookies into small to medium size pieces, using a rolling pin. Alternatively, you can use a food processor, if you prefer.
- Mix the evaporated milk, butter, and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to not allow the mixture to burn.
- Take the mixture off of the heat and stir in the marshmallow cream, 1/2 of the animal cookies pieces, and the white chocolate chips until everything is incorporated.
- Then pour the mixture into the pan and spread using a spatula.
- Next, sprinkle the rest of the cookie pieces on top, pressing into the fudge to make sure they stick, and sprinkle the nonpareil on fudge as well.
Recipe by Anissa Saxton
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think yo-u’ll give this recipe a try? What was your favorite snack when you were a kid?
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This is the best fudge I’ve ever made or eaten. I made it for the first time a year ago today for my sister-in-law’s birthday. She has requested me to make it again today instead of a traditional birthday cake. Thanks for this amazing recipe!Jill
Any idea is this can be made ahead of time? Graduation party next Sunday…would love to get this made tonight. Thoughts?Nanete
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A part of me just wants to make this because it’s beautiful haha
Yummy & cute! ? I made this last night and cut the recipe in 1/2 to make a small batch so easy to make as well.Brittany
As soon as I saw that picture I was like this post needs to be read! They look exactly like my kinda treat… so yummy!Aleeha
Awesome Megan. Let me know how it goes!Brittni
OMG!!! These were my favorites as a kid too! I am heading to the store to gather my ingredients to make my own for my young sisters. I just know it will be a hit for them as well. Thank you! 🙂Megan
Yay. Sounds good, Josette. Let me know how they turn out.Brittni
This totally reminds me of when I was a kid! So fun I think I will have to try this as an Easter treat!Josette
Haha. Right Marwa?Brittni
Only if every food looked so delicious!Marwa | Enthralling Gumption
Oh bummer, Emily. Well, maybe this fudge recipe will be your first good batch? This one is pretty easy.Brittni
Oh wow – this looks yummy and so festive! It matches Easter, birthday parties, Valentine’s day, or really any day! I’m so afraid to make fudge though – I’ve tried every year at Christmas time and it always turns out so grainy.Emily
Thanks Lubna and Michelle. 🙂Brittni
This looks soo good!Michelle
Thanks for this amazing recipe ! I will try this soon. This is such a lovely post x