Dear Heloise:

I would love to try the fudge recipe I saw in your column a long time ago, but now I can't find the clipping. Can you please reprint this for me?

Carla from Philadelphia

Carla, this is an old Heloise favorite that has not been printed in a long, long time. It's really delicious!

HELOISE'S FUDGE

4 1/2 cups granulated white sugar

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

3 (6-ounce) packages chocolate chips or the equivalent

1 (10-ounce) package miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup butter or margarine (not diet or light)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups chopped nuts

Mix the sugar and evaporated milk in a large, heavy saucepan and slowly bring to a rolling boil. Let this mixture boil for 7-8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chocolate chips, marshmallows and butter. Mix only until the chips and the marshmallows are melted. Add the vanilla and nuts, and blend. Spread in a large, ungreased pan. Let it cool and enjoy!

Hint: Chocolate chips generally have a shelf life of 24 months under normal conditions -- 65 to 70 degrees F in an area that is cool and dry (like a pantry shelf). Freezing is not recommended, because it could cause the chocolate to turn white due to the temperature change. The white edge (bloom) doesn't hurt the chocolate, and it is still edible; it just doesn't look as appetizing.

Dear Heloise:

Until I came up with this solution, I was always checking pockets two or three times before putting an item in the washing machine. It was always that one pocket that I didn't check that contained a tissue. Now, whenever I have checked pants pockets thoroughly, I then zip up the fly or zipper and do up the waist button.

That way, when it comes to sorting before laundering, I know I have checked the pockets and don't need to check them all over again!

Vedra Hill, via e-mail

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