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What kind(s) of fudge are you making for the holidays?

ca262626 Dec 15, 2011 11:25 AM

I usually make at least one batch of fudge amongst all the other goodies - chocolate with various add-ins, penuche, and last year a sort of hazelnut-coffee flavor I'm still not sure if I liked. :) I guess I've sort of settled on penuche this year, but I'm just not that excited about it.

So what flavors are you making? I could use some inspiration!

  1. iheartcooking Dec 15, 2011 04:57 PM

    Hazelnut sounds amazing... I'm gonna make a white fudge with chopped dried cranberry. I don't know how to make the real deal so I make the sweetened condensed milk with melted chocolate recipe. May not be the real deal but is always a hit! Can't wait to try new flavors!

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    1. re: iheartcooking
      ca262626 Dec 17, 2011 10:24 AM

      You know, I've definitely had lots of good fudge made by different methods, and I think as long as the end result is one you like you might as well save yourself the headache! I don't make fudge often enough to really master it - other than at Christmas I never even think about making the stuff - so I've certainly ruined a batch of the "real" stuff here and there.

      Love white chocolate and cranberries together. I made some chocolates for Thanksgiving with white-chocolate cranberry ganache (added some lemon zest to that, white chocolate can be so sweet), but fudge sounds even better.

    2. PamelaD Dec 15, 2011 06:09 PM

      I came across a recipe for lavender fudge that is the basic sweetened condensed milk + chocolate + a bit of powdered lavender flowers... sounds interesting... might just have to give it a try, as I am a huge lavender lover.

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      1. re: PamelaD
        ca262626 Dec 17, 2011 10:25 AM

        That does sound interesting! I'm actually not that big on lavender, but I do know some people who are. Do you have a link for the recipe??

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          PamelaD Dec 18, 2011 05:27 AM



        2. re: PamelaD
          debbiel Dec 17, 2011 10:27 AM

          Oh that sounds good!

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          debbiel Dec 17, 2011 10:29 AM

          I go the "easy" fudge route (fantasy fudge recipe, but with butter, not margerine--ew), which I now happily think of as the "real deal". I am thinking of stirring in some finely chopped candied orange for one batch, adding some bourbon to a batch, and I always do a basic walnut batch.

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            AnneMarieDear Dec 18, 2011 05:36 AM

            Last year someone made a key lime fudge that was awfully good. It didn't sound very appealing to me at first but it really tasted good and seemed lighter than so many of the other sweets. It wasn't light, I know, but it *seemed* so. :)

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            1. re: AnneMarieDear
              ca262626 Dec 18, 2011 08:16 AM

              Ohhh, I totally get that... funny how 'light' becomes such a relative term around the holidays. ;) Key lime fudge sounds great, actually. I never would have thought of that!

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              HillJ Dec 18, 2011 10:24 AM

              If you're not over the pumpkin crave yet this caramel is more like a fudge and is just too good to share (but you still should, ha!)

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              1. re: HillJ
                ca262626 Dec 19, 2011 02:23 PM

                This looks awesome - I've already made a couple batches of different caramels for this year though!! I might just have to make some of these for myself in a couple of weeks once I've worked my way through all the treats we get at Christmas. ;)

              2. jenscats5 Dec 18, 2011 12:27 PM

                Made the maple-bacon-PB-chocolate fudge again this year.....good stuff!! In addition to the extra bacon on top, I like to top it with mini peanut butter chips....


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                1. re: jenscats5
                  ca262626 Dec 19, 2011 02:24 PM

                  Wow. Looks totally over the top! In other words, PERFECT for Christmastime. :)

                2. nomadchowwoman Dec 19, 2011 02:29 PM

                  None--b/c I've never, ever had success w/fudge. Unfortunately my late grandmother's (that and her pralines) will always be the gold standard for me--and I've never come close trying to approximate her "recipe" (in her head and never committed to paper/memory by this forethought-challenged granddaughter).

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