Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

Okay, I know I’m on a bit of a Giada kick, but you’re gonna thank me when you try this. If you’re not a big fan of cinnamon just leave it out. If you really love nuts in your fudge, just add 1 cup of chopped nuts at the end right before you pour it in the pan.

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound (about 2 cups) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan

Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 by 8-inch baking pan. Line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper, allowing a couple inches of parchment paper to hang over the side.

In a medium glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the condensed milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips and butter. Put the bowl on a saucepan of barely simmering water and stir until the chocolate chips have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 6-8 minutes. (add nuts at this point if you like them) Using a spatula, scrape the mixture into the buttered pan and smooth the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm.

Holding the edges of the parchment paper that are hung over the pan, life the fudge out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Peel off the parchment paper and cut the fudge into 1-inch pieces. Store refrigerated in an airtight container or freeze, if you don’t eat all of it while standing in the kitchen.