I've never mastered (or tried more than twice) to make candy using a thermometer and figuring out about soft-ball and hard-ball stages, so I was thrilled to come upon this recipe when my kids were little and we had a microwave. Now the former have grown up and moved out, and we got rid of the latter, and I make this just as easily and almost as quickly using the electric stove oven. It is out of this world delicious and chocolatey. You may also include a cup of chopped walnuts, which I omitted this time because some of the fudge is going to my daughter and her boyfriend who are, in her words in the cell phone text, "a no nutty couple." :<)
In a greased baking dish, mix together:
1 pound confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
Put 1/2 cup butter on top, and heat in a medium oven until the butter melts.
Remove from the oven, and beat gently until nice and smooth.
Add nuts, if desired.
Spread into 8x8 or 7x11 pan which is greased with butter.
Put in refrigerator for an hour, or in freezer for 20-30 minutes.
Cut into squares.
Store in refrigerator.