PUBLISHED: 1:37 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Friendship Fudge

Holiday gifts from your kitchen sweeten the year-round gift of friendship.

3 cups (18 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 (14-oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)

Dash salt

1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in nuts (optional) and vanilla. Spread evenly into wax paper-lined 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Makes about 2 pounds.