Chocolate Fudge is one of the many varieties of fudge, a semi-soft, creamy confectionery usually made with chocolate. The key to making any good chocolate-based dessert is to use good chocolate. I had a Ghirardelli 70% dark chocolate bar at home and used some semi-sweet milk choco chips too. I also added a few tablespoons of cocoa powder because I was a little short on choco chips.
Other popular ingredients used in Chocolate Fudge are peanut butter, coffee, caramel, assorted nuts and raisins, marshmallows, mint and even a dash of alcohol like brandy or rum. You can mix it with the chocolate or create separate layers before letting it set in the fridge. I love making fudge in the holiday season because 1) It’s chocolate. 2) It’s easy to make and store. If you have little kids, it is one of the best recipes where you can work along with children since one pretty much needs to do nothing but stir the ingredients.
Having said that, I had a not so pleasant experience making this. It was not the fudge’s fault. Don’t judge the fudge. Haha. I probably got too distracted by the smell of gooey melted dark chocolate and vanilla, and knocked a heavy, glass baking dish kept on the kitchen counter right on my foot! I pretty much howled in pain for the next few minutes. After finally getting up and putting some ice on my toe, I limped back to the semi-mixed fudge before the melted chocolate hardened. Ignoring my throbbing foot, I finished making the fudge and put it in the fridge to set. My dedication towards cooking is legendary. And since A is out of the country, I took some pictures too. Of the fudge and also my toe. I swear I did not take a crying selfie. The next day my X-rays showed that I had fractured my big toe in two places, but at least I had some delicious fudge to console myself.
I hope your experience is not so eventful and you try this recipe for Christmas. Or any time of the year. Because. Chocolate.
Chocolate chips or broken pieces of chocolate bar: 3 cups
Cocoa powder: 2 tbsp (optional)
Sweetened condensed milk: 1 can
Butter: 4 tbsp
Vanilla extract: 1/4th tsp
Salt: a small pinch
Powdered sugar (optional)
1) Melt chocolate and butter, along with the condensed milk, in the microwave for a minute. The time may vary depending on how cold your chocolate and butter is. You can also use a double boiler.
3) Line a dish with parchment paper or foil and spray with any cooking spray so that it is easier to lift the chocolate pieces later.
4) Pour the melted chocolate mixture into it and level it with a spatula. Put it in the fridge to set for at least two hours.