Out of all the sweets and treats we make, offer and eat during the holiday season, I always look forward to fudge. Don’t get me wrong, I never pass up an opportunity to whip up some of my favorite cookies or any chocolatey treat for that matter, but there’s just something extra special about a batch of homemade fudge this time of year.
Deliciously dense, yet with a melt-in-your-mouth creaminess, fudge is always a crowd-pleaser around the holidays or any time of year.
While traditional fudge can be a labor of love with its precise temperatures and techniques, this foolproof chocolate fudge comes together quickly and easily, no need to get out the thermometer or wait for ideal weather conditions to make it. This is the kind of recipe you can throw together the night before the holiday party or keep in the fridge all month long in case guests drop in.
It requires a minimal investment of time and effort yet produces a rich and creamy fudge with a deep chocolate flavor that’s entirely dairy and processed sugar-free!
A combination of unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder delivers a deep chocolate flavor, while toasted pecans and tart dried cherries add an extra layer of tastes and textures. It has a bold dark chocolate flavor without being overly assertive or bitter in any way (perfect for your most ardent chocophile) but is also kid-friendly thanks to the toasty bits of pecans and chewy cherries (my little one practically devoured a batch all by herself).
A batch makes a great addition to a dessert platter or homemade hostess gift. You can store the fudge in the fridge packed in little boxes ready for giving, just don’t forget to save a few pieces for yourself!
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