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Chocolate Fudge Recipe with Bourbon

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This Chocolate Fudge Recipe is so easy! This particular Chocolate Fudge Recipe is chock full of pecans and has a lovely hint of Kentucky bourbon!

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Chocolate Bourbon Fudge

Fudge is such an easy last minute gift to give to those folks on your holiday list!

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This past May, my older son took a job as Senior Software Engineer, at a firm in Northern Kentucky. The tri-state area, I have heard it referred to. The town he lives in is basically a suburb of Cincinatti, Ohio.

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When he came home for Thanksgiving, he brought me back a lovely bottle of Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon. (I had been hinting, not so subtly, that I needed some real Kentucky Bourbon to cook with!) Well he came home with this special reserve, that I thought would be a crime to cook with, so I thought it would be awesome in this fudge, since it’s not cooked! Win. Win!

The origins of chocolate fudge recipes

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So, did you know that fudge is most likely and American invention? The earliest record of fudge being sold in the US was in Baltimore, MD. It is thought that it was the “product of a “fudged” batch of caramels, hence the name fudge“! I know you have been wanting to know that for your entire life! 🙂 You’re welcome!

  1. Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir.
  2. Chop toasted pecans into small pieces.
  3. Microwave again, in 15 second intervals, until melted, stirrring in between.
  4. Add butter and sweetened condensed milk. Continue to microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until butter is totally melted.
  5. Here is the fudge, when the butter has totally melted.
  6. Add salt, vanilla and bourbon.
  7. Incorporate totally.
  8. Add pecans, stir.
  9. Pour fudge into prepared pan.
  10. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
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Cut with sharp knife into small squares.

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Refrigerate for up to a week, assuming it lasts that long, which it won’t! Can be frozen, to prolong freshness.

This recipe is so easy, since it is made entirely in the microwave! No double boiler required!

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The inspiration for this easy recipe came from Homemade and Yummy. I added some lovely Southern Pecans, as well. Pecans are always a great addition to Southern Recipes. Also sprinkle the top with Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea salt for a different kick.

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You will absolutely love this Chocolate Fudge Recipe! Give it try and let me know what you think!

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Chocolate Fudge Recipe

This Chocolate Fudge Recipe is so easy! This particular Chocolate Fudge Recipe is chock full of pecans and has a lovely hint of Kentucky bourbon!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 36 pieces
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $10



  • Toast pecans at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, until golden.
  • Cut parchment to fit in bottom and sides of 8″ x 8″ pan. If you fold parchment right in the middle, half will go one way, the other piece in the opposite direction.
  • Place chips in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then remove from microwave and stir. Continue with 15 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted.
  • Add condensed milk and butter,  Stir, and microwave again, at 15 second intervals, until butter is melted, stirring in between.
  • Add bourbon and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Stir in pecans.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Level off with spatula. Top with pink salt.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Cut with sharp knife into squares. If knife gets really sticky, you can rinse it under very hot water. Just make sure you dry it thoroughly.
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Don’t skip the parchment paper. They will be hard to get out of the pan without it.
Bourbon is optional. 
I use a very sharp paring knife or even my filet knife to cut them.
Store between pieces of waxed paper, in air tight container.
Best if consumed within 7 days. 
Do not freeze.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, this recipe is absolutely incredible, all these ingredients are to just die for. I could live with just eating this for a month. Sublime!

  2. 5 stars
    Well I would be extremely happy with the chocolate and pecans and then you added the Bourbon! I can’t imagine this lasting long at all!

  3. 5 stars
    Fudge in itself is a dangerously addictive. This recipe has bourbon too now I am tempted to make them. Perfect time to enjoy this treat.

  4. 5 stars
    Ooh, yum, love the idea of bourbon in there as well as pecans -a little crunch and flavor! And interesting to know how fudge got it’s name too!

  5. 5 stars
    That looks so delicious! I love bourbon in baked goods – (even though I know this fudge isn’t baked) 😉 Looks like the perfect gift as well!

    1. It is pretty awesome, Elaine! Thanks so much for your comment, my friend! And Merry Christmas to you and Christopher!

  6. This looks amazing! I have all the ingredients and planning to make the on Sunday! I am sure all my family and friends will live it

  7. 5 stars
    A wonderful quick sweet treat for gifting and also for parties. Adding any kind of booze to it makes it like a special treat for adults.

  8. 5 stars
    What a great recipe! It would make a great Christmas present too! Wishing you all the best for the festive season x

  9. 5 stars
    So I’m already a chocolate fudge fan, but I think the bourbon addition would get my husband on board too. Love this idea!

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