Magic Bar Fudge


Hey guys!

Wanted to pop in over the weekend and share a little something with you.

I know you are all scrambling to get your houses, menus and turkeys ready for Thanksgiving…but let’s just take a pause, just for a minute, to anticipate the upcoming Christmas season…

I know, I know, one holiday at a time…but I can’t help it! I’m not a Thanksgiving girl.  You would think I would be, I mean it’s a holiday completely geared towards stuffing your face, putting on happy pants and then napping.  I mean, that’s basically my dream world.  But for some reason, it’s just not my favorite.  I look at it like this:  pie…no thanks, turkey…meh, stuffing…well, alright stuffing I could make a meal out of…but overall, not my thang.  Maybe if I could convince my husband that there needs to be presents on Thanksgiving I could learn to love it.  Presents make everything better.  Fact.

So while you all are thinking pumpkin pie and gravy, I am all about the Christmas cookie…I start planning my holiday baking pretty much in January.  I bookmark, I pin, I gather scrap recipes in a folder.  Yep, it’s all about the Christmas cookie.

With that said, you want to take a gander at what I came up with?

It’s Magic Bar Fudge.


The awesome people over at Eagle Brand contacted me and asked if I wanted to give a fun Eagle Brand Kit to one of my readers, so I said, “Why of course, because I love my readers and they are all super smart, sweets-loving people and I am sure they like to eat Eagle Brand with a spoon just like me.”  Ok, I didn’t really say that.  I just said, “Yes, please.”

So in honor of Eagle Brand I mashed up two of their all-time most popular recipes:  fudge and magic bars.

Here’s what I did:

I coarsely chopped up some graham crackers.

I toasted some coconut over low heat until it got to be this pretty golden color…

I chopped up some walnuts…

Then I mixed some chocolate and butterscotch chips, a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan…

and poured a can of sweetened condensed milk in and melted it all together.

When the chocolate mixture melted, I folded in the graham crackers and nuts and spread into my foil-lined pan.

I sprinkled my toasted coconut on top and let it chill in the fridge.

Now you should really let it set up in the fridge for a good 2 hours, but I may or may not have sampled it before then…SO, if you aren’t above eating melty fudge with a spoon over the pan, now would be the time.

Now, let’s get to the giveaway…shall we?



Recipe: Magic Bar Fudge


  • 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Line 9×9 pan with foil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, place your coconut over medium-low heat until it’s a light golden color. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan add both kinds of chips, salt, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. Melt together on low heat until smooth. Remove immediately from heat and fold in nuts and graham crackers.
  4. Spread in prepared pan and sprinkle toasted coconut on top, gently pressing into chocolate.
  5. Place in refrigerator to chill and set.
  6. Cut into squares.


Ok, so like I said before Eagle Brand is gonna give one of you guys a kit too and it’s valued at $100.  It’s a pretty sweet way to start off the holiday baking season.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (regular, low-fat and fat-free varieties)
  •  13 x 9-inch Baking Pan
  • Reusable Silicone Baking Liner
  • A $50 Gift Card to

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here telling me your favorite holiday recipe, memory or baking secret.  That’s it!

Contest open to US resident only.  Giveaway closes 11:59 pm, Sunday, November 26th


Also, the folks at Eagle brand wanted me to share with you guys that they would love for you to enter the Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest (open through December 7, 2011) at or Click here for details!

The top finalist in each recipe category (fudge, cheesecake, pie, cookie bar or other) will be posted on the Eagle Brand websites for a nationwide online vote to help decide the winner in February 2012 who will win $10,000!  That’s serious bank!


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amy marantino
November 19, 2011 10:57 pm

my favorite holiday recipe is my mom’s fried cauliflower.

November 19, 2011 11:00 pm

My favorite holiday memory is being a kid and throwing parachute men into my brother’s best friend’s family’s fireplace. I don’t know why this seemed a good idea, but they’d rise really well on the hot air, until they melted!
I sure could use a silpat that’s not bigger than every pan that fits in my oven!

November 19, 2011 11:00 pm

My go to holiday “baking” typically consists of making chex puppy chow. I need all the help I can get!

November 19, 2011 11:12 pm

My dad’s sugar cookies are my favorite of all time. When I try making them myself, they somehow don’t turn out the same.

November 19, 2011 11:14 pm

A holiday memory for me is the annual December 23rd cleaning the house and making rice pudding. So many times have I heard a holler from my mother ‘Check the rice pudding!! Is it boiling over? Enough water underneath?’ as we rush to the stove. The past few years it’s had a bit of a twist with a lactose intolerant sister. Apparently lactose free milk creates essentially the same product – but of a much more orange color! We were baffled the first year we added the lactose free milk to a batch…

November 19, 2011 11:14 pm

Christmas used to be about 3 day baking weekends but that has gone by the wayside. Now I look forward to brat stuffing at Thanksgiving. Can you guess, I grew up in Sheboygan Wisconsin, brat capital of the world! But I sure would love to make that fudge in that shiny new pan!

November 19, 2011 11:17 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is raspberry thumbprint cookies. I’ve been making these with my kids since they were toddlers (and had tiny little fingers). Back then, my kids couldn’t wait to dig in and help make the cookies. Now they are all teenagers and they can’t wait to dig in and eat them … lol. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing prize! I hope I win. We would definitely make good use of those goodies.

Snoopy 😀

Evelyn R
November 19, 2011 11:19 pm

My best baking secret is to use a rolling pin “sock” when rollling out sugar cookies

Amy L
November 19, 2011 11:21 pm

My mom makes the same sugar cookies that her grandmother used to make…it isn’t Christmas without those cookies!

November 19, 2011 11:21 pm

My favorite memory is my grandma baking and making candy. She had a bench (I have it now) that she would place container after container of goodies. It took all my will power not to get into the goodies.
Once I got married and moved into my own place, I continued the tradition. I bake, make candy, and assembly other treats.
Three years ago, my grandma died on Christmas Eve. It was only fitting because she loved the holidays.

November 19, 2011 11:23 pm

My go-to potluck dessert is actually using sweetened condensed milk – one can + 1 bag chocolate chips melted together + a dash of vanilla. Put it in a lined pan, pop it in the fridge, and you’ve got fudge!

November 19, 2011 11:23 pm

My favorite thing to bake has got to be brownies-or Texas sheet cake which is so delish I only make it when my sister in law comes so I won’t eat the whole pan!!

Megan H.
November 19, 2011 11:25 pm

I love making sugar cookies every Christmas. We always use my gmas cookie recipe :) It was fun leaving those cookies out for Santa when I was a kid, and now it’s even more fun making them for my kiddo to leave out :)

November 19, 2011 11:26 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is my mother’s almond squares. Super rich, yet super yummy. :o)

Linda Sandidge
November 19, 2011 11:27 pm

Potato Candy! My mother made it every year. I do too… however, I always recall, as a young bride, not remembering it only takes a heaping tablespoon of real mashed potatoes and I used a couple large potatoes – and after about 20 lbs of XXX Sugar and not a flat surface left in the entire house I had made my own Potato Candy memory.

November 19, 2011 11:28 pm

This isn’t rally a memory, bu a tradition. Every year my mom and I spend a weekend baking up gifts to give co-workers and friends. It is always such a good time.

Elizabeth D
November 19, 2011 11:32 pm

I look forward to my mom’s breakfast casserole every christmas morning! It’s so good!

Jess :)
November 19, 2011 11:33 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies. I have memories of eating them year after year with a big glass of milk on Christmas Eve. Can’t be the simple things in life :)

November 19, 2011 11:34 pm

My best holiday baking secret is to bake in advance!!! Only leave one or two things for the last minute.

November 19, 2011 11:36 pm

My funniest holiday memory (although it wasn’t as funny when it happened) was when my boyfriend (at the time) put his paper plate on his lap to eat and wound up with a huge grease stain on his pants where something had leaked through the plate. Then he had to spend the next few hours with my family looking like he had an accident. Like I said, not funny at the time, but it became funny as soon as he became my ex :) Am I evil???

November 19, 2011 11:38 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is my knock off version of Starbucks’ cranberry bliss bars. They get requested during the holidays with family and at work, too.

November 19, 2011 11:38 pm

love the magic bars, magic bar fudge will be magically delicious! no baking secret to share just the memory of baking cookies with the kids for santa!

Linda st. Laurent
November 19, 2011 11:39 pm

My favoriteory is making sugar cOokies with my mom.

Amanda W
November 19, 2011 11:39 pm

My favorite memory is always making sugar cookies with my mom and sister and brother.

November 19, 2011 11:41 pm

I always look forward to the cheesy potatoes!

November 19, 2011 11:41 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is my grandma’s vintage 1950’s frozen fruit salad. A womanshared it with Grandma one holiday season in the doctor’s waiting room when my mom was sick as a little girl. We’ve had it ever since; even when I lived in Taiwan, I managed to round up the ingredients so I could have a “real” holiday meal.

November 19, 2011 11:42 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is pumpkin bread with cinnamon chips! Yum…

November 19, 2011 11:42 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is pumpkin cookies with a maple caramel icing!

November 19, 2011 11:46 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is my grandmas stollen.

Stephanie R.
November 19, 2011 11:47 pm

It’s not the holidays without cranberry salad…cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows, pecans, and cool whip-so good!

November 19, 2011 11:48 pm

Favorite Holiday Baking? Mmmm …. SUGAR COOKIES! Favorite Holiday Memory? Decorating the BIG TREE all by myself! I’ve been decorating my big tree for 13 years by myself and decorated my parents tree for many years before that when I was a kid. Favorite Baking secret?? Planning the baking mess so that I’m making similar things so that I’m not pulling out a dozen different things for 15 different recipes. I make all my fudges first, then chocolate covered cherries …. Basically, I do all my candies first, then my cookies and then if I find something else new to… Read more »

November 19, 2011 11:48 pm

Oooh that fudge looks awesome!!! Like seriously awesome. Totally saving it for later. I’d love to win that goodie package! My fav holiday recipe (for let’s say Thanksgiving) is German Apple Pie. Ahhh heaven!

November 19, 2011 11:49 pm

My favorite baking memory is from last year. I got to watch my then two year old make Christmas goodies with his Grammy. He had so much fun!

November 19, 2011 11:49 pm

I LOVE making spritz cookies with my Mom!

November 19, 2011 11:53 pm

my favorite holiday recipe is DEFINITELY pumpkin pie. i’ve never actually made it myself but it is always what i look most forward to :)

November 19, 2011 11:58 pm

My baking secret: wait until everyone is out of the house so I can “taste test” as much as I want! Shhhh!

November 19, 2011 11:59 pm

I think my favorite holiday cookie/bar recipe is your choco chip cookie/oreo/brownie bars!

November 20, 2011 12:00 am

My all time favorite Christmas cookie are my mom’s Chocolate Mint Cookies! Mmmm, oh so GOOD!!! It’s just not Christmas without them.

Courtney F.
November 20, 2011 12:02 am

My favorite Christmas cooking memory is making candy with my grandmother. We’d make toffee and hand-dipped fondants for Christmas gift-giving. I miss making chocolates with her.

November 20, 2011 12:06 am

My baking secret is that I always reduce all the fat (butter, crisco, etc) by half in a recipe and add water of non-fat milk to make up for the “wetness.” No one can tell the difference and I feel like I’m doing my part to spare everyone a few extra calories so they can indulge in my sweets.

November 20, 2011 12:07 am

My favorite recipe is cranberry trifle.

Heather Hodge
November 20, 2011 12:12 am

My favorite holiday recipe is Jewish Sourcream Coffee Cake…..I found the recipe in one of those little booklets they sell at the grocery check out when I was a teen and have been making it every year.

Your fudge looks amazing!

van pham
November 20, 2011 12:19 am

My favorite memory is definitely all the family getting together. The parents sitting at 2 tables and all the cousins sitting at 1 table. Just sitting and eating and having a good time being around family.

November 20, 2011 12:22 am

these look amazing, Shelley!

I make Magic Bars too and keep a STASH of Sweetened condensed milk on hand b/c I am always using it in some kind of dessert. Great giveaway!

favorite holiday recipe = really anything that’s homemade and made with love…you can taste that in the goodies :)

November 20, 2011 12:24 am

I have fond memories of making snickerdoodles and russian tea cakes with my mom at the holidays, she’d always let me roll the dough balls in the cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar – those are still my favorites to make to this day. But now I’ve also expanded to include my husband’s long family recipe of homemade peanut brittle – it’s by far and away the best peanut brittle I’ve ever eaten in my life!

November 20, 2011 12:25 am

My favorite holiday recipe is my grandmothers chocolate pie. She passed away in January 2006 and now I make the pies for my family like she taught me. Baking with her was always the highlight of the holidays.

November 20, 2011 12:25 am

My favorite holiday recipe is Coconut Bonbons. I think some people may call them Martha Washington Balls. My grandmother makes them every year and it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. Soooooo yummy!

November 20, 2011 12:27 am

Awesome fudge! I always make some sort of kiss cookie and sugar cookies with icing. I wasn’t going to make those this year and got a stern YES YOU ARE from my kid. :)

Paula. Chavis
November 20, 2011 12:31 am

My favorite was my moms Japanese Fruit Cake