Wednesday, January 3, 2007


"Fudge" brings me back to childhood and England, because I remember that it was always a type of confection that I loved to eat when on holidays in this beautiful country. It is also very much linked to the yummy world of Thorntons, the famous chocolate manufacturer (see info). I can still remember that awesome sweet smell which perfumed the whole town of Belper, Derbyshire. It was so surreal...

According to popular lore, "Fudge" is supposed to have originated from the United States more than 100 years ago, although it's origin is still disputed. It is also well spread in England as you can find it everywhere. It could be compared to "Toffee" as they both hold similarities when it comes to their creaminess, softness and sweetness. The main difference resides in the fact that, unlike "Toffee" which has a glossy surface and is caramely and chewy (it can be hard, though), "Fudge" has a slightly, granular, gritty and grainy texture with a mat surface. It can be elaborated with many different ingredients (nuts of all kinds, raisins, cherries, etc...) and different flavors (vanilla, chocolate, maple, lemon, mint, etc...), but the basis always stays the same: cream or milk/condensed milk, sugar and butter.

This "Chocolate Walnut Fudge" recipe (source: that I am presenting is made in the old-fashioned way and is kind of traditional. It is simple to make, but has a great gustatory effect on those who have a bite of it! The walnuts add a "Brownie" taste
to this chocolate "Fudge" and offer a punchy alternative to this candy. A delicious and dreamy journey back to our innocent and cherished childhood...

2 Cups Castor sugar
1 Cup Heavy cream
1/2 Cup Unsalted butter
60g Unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 Tbs Light corn syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

1. Line the bottom of a 22 x 12 centimeter (9 x 5-inch) loaf pan with baking paper and grease the sides of the tin.
2. Stir sugar, cream, butter, chocolate and corn syrup in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until butter and chocolate melt and sugar dissolves.
2. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
4. Without stirring, boil vigorously 5 minutes or until candy thermometer registers 112° C to 115° C (234° F to 240 ° F , soft-ball stage), or a small amount dropped into ice water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water.
5. Remove from heat and, without stirring, add vanilla extract.
6. Cool until 43° C (110° F) or pan is lukewarm and skin forms on mixture.
7. Stir fudge with a wooden spoon 5 to 10 minutes until it thickens and holds its shape 5 seconds after you stop stirring.
8. Stir in nuts.
9. Spread evenly in lined pan.
10. Chill 6 hours or until firm.
11. Invert pan, peel off foil, invert fudge and cut in 2.5 cm (1-inch) squares.

Instead of using corn syrup, I used either light runny honey or molasses spread ("Mélasse à Tartiner" only found in Switzerland).

Serving suggestions:
Eat "Fudge" like any chocolate, either alone or with a cup of tea, a cup of coffee or a glass of dessert wine/liquor (Muscat, Samos sweet wine, Porto, etc...).

(Fudge -Pic by


  1. hmmmm super gourmande cette recette ! bonne année à toi Rosa !

  2. Yummm! I used to make fudge all the time when I was a kid! Yours looks fabulous and brings back great memories!

  3. merçi beaucoup rosa de on gentil commentaire !! je m'excuse de ne pas savoir passer!! bises mimi

  4. my favourite thing :P if i don't tape my mouth shut i can eat it all! LOL.

  5. Je suis contente que tu remplaces le corn syrup; je fais de meme, alors je vais pouvoir garder ta recette precieusement. Je ne suis pas une experte en fudge, il va falloir que je change cela. J'ai l'impression que quand on y goute, on y prend vraiment gout!

  6. I've never made fudge by myself,thanks for sharing ! ;)

  7. Pout. I would love some of that RIGHT NOW! That looks soooo good!

  8. PAPILLES ET PUPILLES: Merci! Bonne Année à toi aussi...

    LOUPITI: ;-P Bonne Année 2007 à toi aussi!

    SHER: Fudge is really delicious and so easy to make! I'm glad to hear that I brought back good memories via this recipe...

    MICKYMATH: Ne t'en excuses pas, c'est tout à fait normal! Bisous, Rosa.

    BUREKABOY: You are then a terrible sweet tooth, he, he! I love fudge, but my teeth would not be very thankful if I gulped it down ;-P!!!

    CONFITUREMAISON: Je suis obligée de le remplacer car ici cette denrée est très rare ou trop chère! Tu verras, cette recette marche bien, même si le corn syrup a été remplacé. Cette recette de fudge est très facile; elle ne devra pas te poser de problème. Y goûter, c'est y prendre goût!...

    CHANIT: It's very easy, believe me! You must have a try once as you'll not regret it...

    ROSA: Thanks, Rosa! Then, I guess that you'll have to run straight into your kitchen and start producing this goodie...