Chocolate fudge is a delicious and simple dessert with nuts, which was first begun to be prepared on the campuses of American women’s colleges in the 90s of the 19th century.
In terms of consistency, the fudge at the same time resembles a chocolate cake, souffle and soft caramel. Fudge often includes raisins, cookies, marmalade and marshmallows. And to make the taste of chocolate dessert more saturated, in America a spoonful of dark sugar-free cocoa powder can be added to it.
Its name comes from the presence of simple recipes for fudge. Let’s look at the most popular of them!
Chocolate Fudge with Almonds and Cherries
To prepare this wonderful dessert you will need quite a bit of time. Prepare all the necessary components to get started:
- 7.9 oz (225 g) of dark chocolate with 65-75% cocoa
- 13 oz or 370 g of coarsely crushed shortbread cookies
- 4.6 oz (130 g) of butter
- 2 tablespoons of liquid honey
- 2 tablespoons of cherry liqueur
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 2.5 oz (70 g) of peeled and roasted almonds
- 7 oz (200 g) of candied cherries
Melt the broken into pieces chocolate with the chopped butter.
This is conveniently done in a microwave or a water bath. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Cover the square baking dish with parchment paper. Add chocolate mass and smooth with a spatula. Put in the refrigerator to make the fudge completely freeze.
Before serving, cut the dessert into portioned squares.
Fudge with Orange or Lemon Zest and Mint
Following this simple recipe for fudge you will get soft and delicate sweets.
You will need several ingredients:
- 14.1 oz (400 g) of sweetened condensed milk
- 2.8 oz or 80 g of butter
- 5.3 oz (150 g) of granulated sugar
- One vanilla pod
- Lemon or Orange Zest
- Fresh mint leaves
Traditionally, the fudge is served chopped into squares, a little more than 3.9 inches or 1 centimeter high. That is why it is recommended to prepare in advance a small metal rectangular form, covered with parchment paper.
Add to the stewpan all the ingredients except mint, you can also pour a pinch of vanilla sugar or add a vanilla pod. Place the stewpan on medium heat. During cooking, it is important to adjust the temperature so that the mass does not stick to the surface of the saucepan. On a very low fire and constantly stirring with a wooden spatula, bring the mass to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. At this point, the mass can quickly burn and form small caramel clots, in which case reduce the heat.
Then remove the stewpan from the heat and leave the mass for 1-2 minutes. Now you can add crushed leaves of fresh mint in a blender.
Knead the mass with a wooden spatula for another few minutes until the mass becomes viscous. Put the mass in a rectangular form covered with parchment. You can sprinkle fudge on top with coarse sea salt or garnish with crushed hazelnuts and almonds.
Leave the mixture to solidify at room temperature for a little over an hour, then cut into small squares and store the fudge in the refrigerator.
Fudge with White Chocolate, Raspberries, and Acai
This simple recipe for fudge can be made gourmet by adding just a few ingredients.
First, prepare the products:
- 14 oz or 400 g of white chocolate
- 14 oz (400 g) of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 5.3 oz (150 g) of raspberries and acai
Melt the crushed chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the condensed milk and salt, then mix thoroughly. Remove the mixture from the stove and add the berries.
Cover the square baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the mixture evenly into the form. Leave to solidify at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate until the fudge is completely frozen.
Fudge with Milk Chocolate, Figs, and Hazelnuts
This simple recipe will allow you to enjoy a sweetness that has an unusual taste and aroma. To make this dessert, you will need the following products:
- 3 cups of milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavor or extract
- Figs and Hazelnuts
Pour the chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl. You can also heat it on the stove using a non-stick pan. Add condensed milk and vanilla. Then mix and pour the chopped figs and hazelnuts into the mixture. Place the bowl on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Cover the rectangular form with aluminum foil, or parchment paper.
The following steps must be done as quickly as possible, as the mixture quickly solidifies. Pour well-mixed mixture into a form. Use a spatula to evenly level the mixture. The surface should be smooth.
Put in a cool place. After two hours, remove the dish from the refrigerator. Before serving, cut into equal-sized squares. Store in a refrigerator in an airtight container or wrap it into a foil.
You can also change this recipe, depending on your taste preferences. For example, you can add walnuts to the mixture, besides, you can sprinkle the sweetness with powdered sugar.
Chocolate Fudge with Peanuts
This recipe is similar to the previous one. To prepare a delicious dessert with peanuts, you need to mix the following ingredients: 8.8 oz or 250 g of dark chocolate, 0.7 oz (20 g) of butter, 10.6 oz (300 g) of sweetened condensed milk, and then add 5.3 oz or 150 g of roasted and peeled peanuts.
Fudge prepared according to this recipe will be even tastier if you add to it a hazelnut and 2 tablespoons of chocolate liquor.
You can also come up with your own fudge recipe. The most delicious combinations that are recommended to try:
- White chocolate, coconut, lavender
- Milk chocolate, salted caramel, peanuts
- Dark chocolate, orange zest, popped rice
- Dark chocolate, white chocolate, matcha
- Milk chocolate, banana, peanut butter