Deceptively Simple Spicy Dark Chocolate Fudge

March 18, 2012
Deceptively Simple Spicy Dark Chocolate Fudge


Author Notes: This recipe came about when I spotted a blog post touting "Three Minute Fudge". Well, damn, that sounded good! So I proceeded to spend over an hour devising and preparing my very own recipe... This fudge offers a well-balanced spice factor, but it isn't all that hot, so it's suitable for children (as well as the frail-palated). Just increase the cayenne if you're up for some heat. Really, all of the spices can be adjusted--just stir in, taste, and tweak. I hope you enjoy!kfles

Makes: one 8x8 or 9x9 pan

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped or pieces
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped (or to your preference)
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • scant 3/4 teaspoons ground cayenne

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, slowly bring condensed milk, butter, and sugar to a simmer, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  2. Mix in the chocolate until completely combined. Stir in walnuts and spices. Taste and adjust.
  3. Spread evenly into the pan and set in the fridge to cool. (I lightly greased my pan, but I'm not sure if that's necessary.) Once cooled, cut into desired size pieces and store in an airtight container.

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