Lumberjacks Rejoice! A Recipe for Fudge Tree Rings

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

My husband had to cut down a very large and much-beloved Chinese Pistache in our backyard this summer after it died from “tree girdling.” (Apparently that’s a real thing. Google it.) By the way folks, tree removal is not for wimps. I watched, apologetically, from the kitchen window while he chopped, and cut, and sliced, and chopped some more – for days – until he finally had the limbs, trunk and giant roots tackled. No small chore.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Our daughter had begged her dad to cut some slices from the trunk so that she could count the “rings.” She was fascinated by all the gnarly knots and the wavy pattern inside. I was too. And since I felt so guilty about not being able to help much with the tree removal, I decided to make some fudge tree rings, to reward my husband for his hard work.

My first attempt didn’t go so well. I made the slabs of fudge way too thick. When I rolled them together and sliced the log, the pieces were HUGE. They looked like they came from a giant Sequoia tree in the Redwood Forest. (Don’t get me wrong. We still ate them. But I had to cut them into more manageable bites.)

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

My next attempt was much better, yielding finger-friendly slices and perfect-proportioned rings inside. Helpful hint: the thinner you can roll out your fudge, the more rings you’ll get. It was fun to experiment and guess what the result would be when sliced.

So, while we’re sad our tree is gone, it turned into an interesting nature lesson for our kids (as well as an example of hard work.) The tree didn’t go to waste either. We’ll use the branches this Halloween for spooky decorations on our front porch. And the trunk was cut up to make stump stools for our daughter’s nature fort in the backyard bushes.

As for my husband, I think it’s going to take more than the promise of fudge to tackle another tree project like that.

What You Need

This recipe will make 20 slices of fudge.
Approximate time: 45 minutes

  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces peanut butter chips
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream
  • Candy thermometer
  • 8 sheets parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Serrated knife

How-To

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 1
Gather your ingredients and supplies. Have everything pre-measured before you begin cooking.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 2
Put the chocolate chips and the peanut butter chips in medium-sized bowls. Add half of the jar of marshmallow cream to the chocolate chips, and the other half to the peanut butter chips. Set aside for later.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 3
Melt the butter in a large pan on the stove. Stir in the evaporated milk and sugar. Bring to a boil and stir constantly, for about 10-12 minutes – until your candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees (soft ball stage.) Remove from heat.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 4
Pour half of the heated mixture into the chocolate chip and marshmallow cream bowl, and the other half into the peanut butter chip and marshmallow cream bowl. Stir each bowl thoroughly until all ingredients combine smoothly.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 5
Lay out four sheets of parchment paper. Pour two halves of each mixture onto the parchment papers. Cover each with another sheet of parchment paper and roll flat with a rolling pin. The thinner you can roll the fudge, the more “tree rings” you will get inside.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 6
Remove the parchment from the tops of the peanut butter fudge and layer it on top of the chocolate fudge. Lift up the bottom piece of parchment and begin rolling from one edge until you’ve made a solid log.

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Step 7
Using a serrated knife, cut off your tree slices to desired widths. To add the texture of tree bark, use the serrated knife or a toothpick to rough up the outer edge of each slice.

Fudge Tree Ring Tutorial

Step 8
Look for fun ways to display your fudge. I thought this little squirrel added just the right touch!

Fudge stored in the refrigerator can last 2 to 3 weeks when kept in an air-tight container. Fudge stored at room temperature in an air-tight container will last 7 to 14 days.

  • http://www.paintthegownred.com/ Paint The Gown Red

    Gah! These are too cute!

  • Sandra Denneler

    Ahhh! Thanks. ;-)

  • Sandra Denneler

    Interesting….. Mine were cooling are ready to pour almost immediately after I mixed them. I wouldn’t wait too long – 5 minutes – or the fudge will start to set up in the bowls and be hard to roll out.

  • Carli Oswald

    I have made this 3 times now and just can’t seem to get it quite right. It is too liquidy every time and sticks to the parchment paper. It is really thin as well because of the extra liquid. Not sure what I’m not doing right. I keep boiling it for longer and longer. I’m following the instructions completely. It’s been humid lately, could this effect it? I think next time I will use less evaporated milk and see if that helps. how much chocolate and peanut butter chips-cup wise?

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmadecharlotte

    Hi Carli – we’re sorry to hear that it’s not working for you! Fudge can definitely be fussy so it’s hard to say exactly what the problem could be. Is it possible your candy thermometer is acting up? All the best!! xo

  • sarah simpson

    Me too! How do you get it to be solid? Help!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmadecharlotte

    Hi Sarah – getting fudge exactly right can be tricky, so we recommend testing your candy thermometer if you’re having issues. This article could help –
    it describes how test the accuracy: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-test-your-candy-thermometer-520314 Hope this helps!!

  • Anne Jordan

    When I tried to roll the fudge it broke up into small pieces. What could have been my problem.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmadecharlotte

    Hi Anne – It’s possible that your fudge was over- or under-cooked – we’d recommend testing the accuracy of your candy thermometer. It can make a big different in your results since fudge can be tricky to get spot on! Hope that helps for next time!