I love chocolate fudge, especially this remarkably simple chocolate truffle fudge recipe. I love it a little bit too much so I usually only make it once a year around Christmas time, or else I’d eat it all and be the size of a house!
I don’t normally make this fudge with the vodka and chilli, but as I was driving home from a pre-Christmas supermarket shop I was pondering Choclette’s We Should Cocoa food blogging challenge for this month where she’s challenged us to come up with dishes combining chocolate and alcohol.
As there were fresh chillies in my shopping bag and a few shots of vodka left in a bottle in the fridge I thought about combining the two in my usual Christmas fudge recipe.
What a success!
There’s just the right amount of alcohol in this recipe for a hint of vodka flavour and just the right amount of chilli for some heat, but it’s not overpowering. You could, of course, up the quantity of chilli if you are a little bit more daring!
This dessert is so quick and easy to make so I am sharing it with a new blogging challenge on the block: Dead Easy Desserts by Maison Cupcake. For this challenge we are asked to share our dessert recipes which take 30 minutes or less to prepare (excluding chilling time!) and this recipe fits the bill perfectly. The longest time for preparation is waiting for the chocolate to melt!
This challenge is a blog hop, so scroll down to the bottom of this post to see what other dead easy desserts other foodies are making.
Be warned though – this fudge is very, very addictive. There has been a constant stream of visits to the fridge since I made this particular batch of fudge a few days ago. A note – the fudge pictured in this post was made with supermarket brand dark chocolate (50% cocoa solids) and this is the minimum cocoa solid content that could be used. Milk chocolate will make for a too sticky fudge. For best results I recommend using a good quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, like Green & Blacks. I usually use their chocolate for this fudge recipe, but alas, the food budget couldn’t stretch that far this year.
Nonetheless, this fudge still tastes fantastic if using budget chocolate, and it makes a great foodie Christmas gift. I have given away mini parcels of this fudge (minus the vodka and chilli!) over the years; neat little squares tucked away in little decorated origami boxes.
As such, I am sharing this recipe with this month’s Tea Time Treats blogging challenge, co-hosted by Kate over at What Kate Baked and Karen over at Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is festive gifts.
- 500 grams good quality dark chocolate >70% cocoa solids
- 75 grams unsalted butter
- 1 x 400 gram tin sweetened condensed milk
- 25 ml vodka
- 5 grams (or more, to taste!) finely chopped chilli (seeds removed!)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Makes 64 pieces