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!
Fudge is such an easy last minute gift to give to those folks on your holiday list!
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.
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
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!
- Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir.
- Chop toasted pecans into small pieces.
- Microwave again, in 15 second intervals, until melted, stirrring in between.
- Add butter and sweetened condensed milk. Continue to microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until butter is totally melted.
- Here is the fudge, when the butter has totally melted.
- Add salt, vanilla and bourbon.
- Incorporate totally.
- Add pecans, stir.
- Pour fudge into prepared pan.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
Cut with sharp knife into small squares.
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!
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.
You will absolutely love this Chocolate Fudge Recipe! Give it try and let me know what you think!
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Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- 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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