Ugh. I’m really sorry to have to do this to you. Really.

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Because I’m sure you have plans tonight and all, that include like, watching six episodes of Friends, eating a dinner of crackers, cheese and wine and then not doing laundry and not cleaning the bathroom.

Especially if you are my clone.

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But you must cancel those plans.

Because now you’re going to make fudge.

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Truuuuuuust me on this one. I don’t love fudge either. I know. I mean, it’s delicious and all, and I love a few (thousand) bites, but it’s rarely what I choose to make in a dire moment of emotional baking and rarely what I choose to eat in the often hours of emotional eating.

Know what I’m saying? Stacy’s pita chips and m&m’s covering a peanut butter spoon work wonders there.

Fudge is simply soooo chocolatey and rich that when all you want to do is chew, chew, chew, it isn’t the best drug of choice.

But that’s neither here nor there.

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THIS fudge needs to be made.

That’s really all I can tell you at the moment as I’m still somewhat sidelined on the couch with my BFF Kleenex and my old friend, Pinot Noir. Well, that and uh, what the heck is going on with Liam and Annie on 90210? Wow. Is that Vinny? And seriously, how WEIRD was it that my boyfriend Michael Buble was on TV last night?! Cahrazy. And can they just make Neil Patrick Harris the new Regis now? Cutie patootie he is. And I’d like to live inside the Home Alone movies. Still.

But anyway.

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For basically my entire existence, Mother Lovett insisted on making this two-toned butterscotch/chocolate fudge, even though every year we begged her to make a two-toned peanut butter/chocolate fudge. And every year we watched that two-toned butterscotch/chocolate fudge turn to lumps of coal on her cookie plates because And she never made the peanut butter fudge. Stubborn much?

She froze it anyway. She packed it in with the thumbprints of stone and froze it for years. She brought it out mid-July where is sat and still wouldn’t melt in 90-degree temps. FYI: rocks don’t melt.

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For some reason, butterscotch has never been on my radar. Totally weird, I know, with the whole “butter” thing and all. I’m sure some day down the line I’ll develop an obsession with it, create approximately five or six recipes with a butterscotch focus to bombard you with, never to mention it again. It’s just how I roll.

And I’m pretty sure I’m too old to say that. Gag me.

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Mocha coconut it is!


I don’t do homemade gifts, but if I did, I 100% absolutely for sure would want to give this to someone. But I’d probably eat it all first. I guess I could just gift it to myself? Oh wait. Already did that.

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Mocha Coconut Fudge

Yield: makes one 8x8 pan


12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 can (15oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder (or instant coffee)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted


Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray.

Add semisweet chocolate to a double boiler, and melt completely. One melted, add in half of the sweetened condensed milk, the vanilla, the coffee powder and 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Stir with a spatula until combined and fairly smooth, then spread evenly in the bottom of the pan. Mixture will be thick. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Add white chocolate to a double boiler and melt completely. Add in remaining condensed milk, coconut oil and coconut extract, stirring until combined. Remove fudge from freezer and add white chocolate on top, spreading evenly to coat. Top with toasted coconut, then chill in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes.

When ready to cut, fill a large cup with hot water. Dip a sharp knife into the water, then blot on a towel. Use knife to cut fudge into your desired size of squares.

Note: the melting can also be done in the microwave. I suggest melting the chocolate first on medium power in 30 second increments, stirring after each time. Once melted, add in remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. You can also use this Lindt Coconut White Chocolate for the coconut layer.

[adapted from mother lovett's 3 minute fudge]

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Oh fudge.

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235 Responses to “Mocha Coconut Fudge.”

  1. #
    Kathryn — December 7, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I really love fudge but you’re right, it’s not something that I really turn to in times of emotional distress. I should probably change that because this looks so soft and chewy and delicious.


  2. #
    a spoonful of yumm — December 7, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    i love the combination !! the 1st image is droolworthy :D


  3. #
    Mandy — December 7, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Your photos are amazing. Wow!


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:30 am

      Thanks Mandy!


  4. #
    Abby Flynt — December 7, 2011 @ 8:09 am



  5. #
    Katrina — December 7, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Whoa. Insane. I’m in love.


  6. #
    alyssa - fashion fitness foodie — December 7, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    We make fudge every year but just plain ole chocolate – sometimes my grandma likes to add nuts.. Um, who eats nuts in their dessert? Ew!


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:30 am

      My grandma also insisted on making that. Ugh. Disgusting.


  7. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — December 7, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    I feel you mocking me because I’m sure you saw my pathetic attempt at fudge the other day. I want yours instead.


  8. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — December 7, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I’m not a fudge eater either- all for the reasons you mentioned! :) BUT- this could get me to be a convert! HOLY DELICIOUSNESS!!!


  9. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 7, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    This looks delicious, love the sharp contrast between the black and white.
    Also, you described my life before I had my daughter. Now I have to make “real food” for dinner instead of popcorn and wine, and can’t watch Friends until she goes to bed.
    And before I get hate mail—she’s totally worth it :)


  10. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — December 7, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Your fudge looks like utter perfection. I love seeing your boyfriend Michael on TV last night…I kinda think he’s our generation’s Frank Sinatra. I’d like to watch it again…this time with fudge. Maybe fudge AND wine. ;)


  11. #
    Blondie — December 7, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Yeah, I might have to make these now.

    By the way, you inspired me to start my own food blog. In Dutch, but still :).


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:30 am

      How great!!


  12. #
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — December 7, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    oh heaven… these look amazing. And yes, I did NOT clean the bathroom last night and instead laid in bed and watched 3 episodes of Big Bang Theory, so you were moderately on track. But these look amazing, perfect for a cookie swap or my cookie trays I make to bring to holiday parties, because clearly the combination is outrageously amazing!!! love it.


  13. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — December 7, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    I agree with you about fudge in general, but this one? Unbelievable. Great flavor combination, and I love that you don’t need any fancy pants candy thermometers.


  14. #
    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 7, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    Oh yum! Honestly girl, how do you come up with this stuff? This looks so dam good! I love the combo of mocha and coconut! It reminds me of a Coconut Frap. from Starbucks! Yum!


  15. #
    Rodzilla — December 7, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    love coconut.


  16. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — December 7, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    My mother in law makes the best fudge which I cannot wait to eat this Christmas! By the way, I think the butterscotch sounds divine. Yummmmm.


  17. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — December 7, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Fudge is what I’ve been waiting to make this season! It’s time.


  18. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — December 7, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I totally feel the same was as you on the fudge. A few bites and I’m done. Plus, it’s too much work to work it out of your teeth, where most of that little bite stays. I need easy.

    But, this fudge is just so darned pretty that I think I may create it soon. And stare at it after those first few bites.


  19. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 7, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I love fudge and it looks very very good to me right now! Yum.


  20. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 7, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    well, now i have no chance with the glucose test this week.

    oh well!


  21. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — December 7, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I like fudge but only a tiny bite or two – it would make a great gift.


  22. #
    Rosie @ Sweetapolita — December 7, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    This could seriously take fudge to a whole new level for me. I live near a few quaint towns who pride themselves on their candy shoppes, including fudge, and although the concept makes me so happy, I never really love their versions. This, though…ROCKS! I’m so going to be making this. As in right now. xo


  23. #
    katie @KatieDid — December 7, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    haha I want to live inside home alone too! I have dreams of a large white house with a nice yard and all lit up for the holiday, makes me happy :)
    I’m the same way about fudge, would never make it, and “don’t like it”, but please if its placed in front of me I’m not going to twist your arm to take it away.


  24. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 7, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    I so wish I liked coconut because this fudge is gorgeous!


  25. #
    Bev Weidner — December 7, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I. AGREE. NFH needs to be Regis, and the king of the world while he’s at it. I freaking love him. And Barney Stinson. Oh, Lord.


  26. #
    Maria — December 7, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    I don’t do home gifts either but this kind of makes me want to. I feel like everyone would love me forever!


  27. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 7, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    The fact that you don’t like butterscotch sort of makes me tear up a little, but I guess that means more for me!! I’m all about the Werthers Originals like you’re all about the peanut butter m&ms. Nevertheless though, this fudge looks awesome. GORGEOUS photos!


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      I don’t know if I don’t like it… maybe I need to eat some today!


  28. #
    krysten — December 7, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    ooooh no you diiiiidn’t!


  29. #
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — December 7, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Nooooo. You taunt me! It’s too early to want to dig into my chocolate drawer at work, and even worse knowing it wont be as satisfying as this delectable looking fudge.

    But seriously, these photos are stunning!


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks Chris!


  30. #
    30 — December 7, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    I love Mocha. I love Coconut. I’m fairly certain this recipe is going to be my new bff…


  31. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 7, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    This might be my favorite post you’ve ever written. You crack me up! And I want this fudge :)


  32. #
    Carrie — December 7, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Holy crap… yes!

    I’m totally skipping laundry duty, bathroom cleaning to make this recipe!


  33. #
    kathleen @ the daily crumb — December 7, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    holy deliciousness. i love ANYTHING with coconut. can’t wait to try this!


  34. #
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — December 7, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    Why do I want to watch A Christmas Story now? :-)

    Definitely a gift giver, I’ll have to see if I have enough leftover coconut.


  35. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — December 7, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    That would go wonderfully with a nice cup of coffee this morning. Fudge and coffee – I would do it. Geez, imgine the crash coming down off that high though…
    LOVED watching Michael last night!!! He is SO funny and he can sing to me anytime!! but now he’s married :-(


  36. #
    Gen — December 7, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I looove fudge, but am always sort of scared to make it. Might have to get over that fear now, though, because this looks awesome!


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

      It’s so easy, you must!


  37. #
    Chelsy — December 7, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Fudge is def. not one of my faves either…feel the same way about making it, but whoa cocnut and chocolate are one of my fave flavor combinations. You just might make me a fudge believe on this one!


  38. #
    Evan Thomas — December 7, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    I’m not usually a fan of white chocolate but that top layer is calling out to me.


  39. #
    Molly @ RDexposed — December 7, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    I’ve made fudge successfully in my food prep in college and don’t want to ruin my fudge making streak. It’ll forever stay 1-0.


  40. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 7, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Love at first sight. Done.


  41. #
    Hayley — December 7, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Jessica. Can we go shoe shopping? And afterwards, we can have lots of bacon. It’d be the best.

    PS I love your posts, your blog, your stories of Mother Lovett and I think we should be BFFs. Just sayin’.


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

      I’m in!


      • Hayley — December 7th, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

        First stop: Christian Louboutin. I mean, I KNOW you’ve seen those lion paw heels with the toes and diamonds and everything? Yup, we need those… for uh, research purposes. And to save lives. You probably can’t save lives without adequate shoes on. So I’ve heard.

  42. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 7, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    I love that this is 1 bag of white and dark choc chips, 1 can of sweetened cond milk, all divided…but that it’s no-bake, no candy thermometer required, and that you use coconut and add it…and the espresso powder…oh my goodness. It sounds so decadent! But do-able.

    Your layers are…perfect. Not a single bit of black in the white or white on the black layers…STUNNING! This is food art! Beautiful!


  43. #
    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy — December 7, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Chocolate, and coconut equals a win for me! These would be perfect gift wrapped for neighbors or coworkers!


  44. #
    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin — December 7, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    You should call this “Mochanut Fudge” and sell it. :)


  45. #
    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — December 7, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Hey, I only watched FOUR episodes of Friends yesterday…geez.

    This looks awesome! Love that thick coconut layer.


  46. #
    Amanda — December 7, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    This looks incredible! Your photography is gorgeous.

    I would be very, very happy if someone gifted this to me. :)


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Thank you!


  47. #
    Tali Simon @ More Quiche, Please — December 7, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    So beautiful! The last line was the best.


  48. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 7, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    …how have I NEVER thought to do a peanut butter spoon covered with M&Ms?!??!?!

    Clearly I’ve been depriving myself. Well, better start making up for it!


  49. #
    Brianne — December 7, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    You and I could be such great friends!! LOL… we watch the same shows, share the same love for baking and music too?!! THIS RECIPE IS GOING TO BE MADE ASAP!!! I fell in love at the title!!!

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes!! Happy Holidays!!


  50. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 7, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    These are flippin gorgeous! I’m not a white chocolate fan at all, but I love how these have coconut in that part which is my absolute favorite flavor ever so I think I could learn to like it in this case :) And any time I see mocha + coconut together I think of that amazing frappucino Starbucks came out with this year and immediately start drooling.


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