Fudge Wreath

While living in Pittsburgh one of my neighbors taught me her never fail chocolate fudge recipe. From that moment I knew I would want to incorporate it somehow into my holiday baking list and what better way then by transforming it into a wreath. A fudge wreath brings the perfect amount of cheer to a holiday party and doubles as a sweet hostess or teacher gift.  
Fabulous Fudge Wreath

1 teaspoon vanilla
7 ounces Marshmallow Crème
1 package mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2-1 cup walnuts chopped
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
7 ounces evaporated milk
1. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch cake pan with melted butter, as well as the empty can of the evaporated milk. Place the evaporated milk can in the center of the cake pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl place vanilla, marshmallow crème chocolate chip and walnuts; set aside.
3. Mix sugar, 1-tablespoon butter and evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Stirring constantly bring mixture to a full rolling boil. Continue boiling and stirring until mixture reaches 233 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer or softball stage (about 5 minutes). Add remaining butter to the boiling mixture and heat until melted. Bring back to a boil stirring continuously.
4. Immediately pour the hot mixture into the bowl of chocolate chips, walnuts, marshmallow crème and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Pour the fudge into your prepared cake pan and move the evaporated milk can as needed to keep it in the center. This will be the time to add your holly shaped gumdrops. Work quickly as the fudge will set up fast.
5. Allow to cool and set for a few hours (overnight is ideal). Once set tip over onto your hand and then placed onto your desired dish.