Picnic Ideas and Recipes: Chocolate-Peppermint Fudge

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<em>Serves 4 to 6</em>
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<p>Peppermint is the only mint with enough oomph to stand up to chocolate. Use fresh-chopped peppermint leaves or, in a pinch, substitute store-bought peppermint extract. Making this in a small-capacity slow cooker is a foolproof way to melt the chocolate.</p>
<p>• 3 cups chocolate chips<br />
• ¼ cup butter (½ stick)<br />
• 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk<br />
• 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped<br />
• ½ cup fresh peppermint leaves, chopped</p>
<p>1. In the crock of a small slow cooker, melt chocolate, butter and condensed milk on the low setting. Check and stir from time to time until all chocolate is melted and smooth.</p>
<p>2. Gently stir in walnuts and peppermint leaves. (The peppermint must be completely dry when you drop it into the chocolate.)</p>
<p>3. Pour the mix into a 9-by-9-inch baking pan lined with aluminum foil. Place the pan in the refrigerator until hard, then remove and pull fudge out by tugging gently on aluminum foil. Invert fudgeon a wooden cutting board or counter and gently peel off aluminum foil.</p>
<p>4. Cut the fudge using a 10-inch chef’s knife with blade heated under hot running water.</p>
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<em>Lynn Alley is a freelance food and wine writer living in San Diego, California.</em>
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