I wish I could tell you just HOW excited I am about this.

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I mean, I guess I could tell you, but it would have to include a bunch of exclamation points. Which I often to try to control. Which is nearly impossible because my entire train of thought is just ONE GIANT EXCLAMATION POINT.

I bet you’re stunned.

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At least it’s better than being a bunch of “lol’s,” right? Getting better at those too. Thank you everything that is holy in the world. So embarrassing. Apologies to every single person that has to be on the receiving end of one of my text messages. “lol” is the worst thing ever created.

So, you know… every year around Christmas I tell you some story about how I really don’t like fudge. I then proceed to give you a recipe for fudge. Why change things now, right?

Stuff is still status quo – I don’t really love fudge unless I’m in certain situations. Maybe I made it myself or maybe it’s some crazy ass flavor containing bacon and blueberries and white chocolate and fun things I’d never ever think of. Maybe it’s plain chocolate and just super, super creamy and totally nutless since nuts only belong in trail mix and little glass bowls sitting on grandparents’ end tables. Or maybe I’m just really hungry. I dunno.

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But I sort of like what these cute little fudge squares look like on cookie trays, scattered among peanut butter blossoms and red and green sprinkles and a handful of gross holiday treats that are a token tradition and only get eaten by like 2% of guests and family members. Think we all have those…

This fudge is super chocolately with just a hint of bourbon. I’m all for the heavy cream cooked fudge and I do find that it yields the creamiest, richest result, but this version is too simple to pass up. You might also already have most of the ingredients.

And can I just say… if you have 20 ounces of chocolate in your house along with bourbon? Get a room ready. I’m moving in.

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Loaded Chocolate Bourbon Fudge

Yield: makes one 8x8 pan, about 16-20 pieces of fudge

Total Time: 1 hour


20 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons bourbon
10-12 caramel-filled chocolates/fudge, such as truffles of Ghiradelli squares, chopped
3/4 cup chocolate toffee pieces, like Heath toffee chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
4 ounces milk chocolate, melted


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

Add semi-sweet chocolate to a double boiler, and melt completely. One melted, remove from heat and slowly add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, stirring with a large spatula until mixed. The chocolate will be thick. Begin in stir in bourbon 1 tablespoon at a time - mixture is going to get super thick but slowly stir and just fold the chocolate mixture over until combined. Use the spatula or a large spoon to spread the chocolate in the pan. It will be thick! Don't worry about the top looking pretty because we are going to cover it up. Just spread it evenly. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.

Melt the milk chocolate and remove the pan from the fridge. Take a few small spoonfuls of the milk chocolate and using the back of a spoon, spread it evenly over the top of the fudge. Immediately cover it with the chopped caramel-filled candies, chocolate chips and chocolate toffee pieces. Take remaining milk chocolate and drizzle it over the top to set some of the loose candy. You can also use any additional sweetened condensed milk that may be left in the bottom of the can and drizzle it over top. Let set in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.

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.

[adapted from my mocha coconut fudge]

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125 Responses to “Loaded Chocolate Bourbon Fudge.”

  1. #
    Liz — December 14, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    I need to get some bourbon for this fudge. WHOA.


  2. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — December 14, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    WOW! That just looks insanely awesome!!


  3. #
    thelittleloaf — December 14, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I read your blog on a regular basis but haven’t commented in months. Now I feel the urge to because this fudge looks dee-licious! Yum and happy holidays!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      thank you!


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 14, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Holy crappers! You are dangerous!! This is by far the best looking fudge I have ever seen!!!!!


  5. #
    Kim in MD — December 14, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I’ve never really liked fudge either, because it’s always too sweet. This fudge(with the addition of bourbon!) sounds delicious! I am going to give this a try!


  6. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 14, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I’m just going to start this comment with a ! and a :-) because of how amazing this looks. I made a bourbon chocolate cake last year and damn did it knock my socks off.


  7. #
    Simply Life — December 14, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    oh wow! this looks like the ultimate holiday dessert!


  8. #
    Dennis — December 14, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    This recipe looks awesome!!!! instantly want to go to the kitchen and try this recipe. Unfortunately I’m still at work ;)

    Just a quick question, what kind of Bourbon did you use?


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      used maker’s mark!


  9. #
    Kristin — December 14, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    OMG! I love it when you put alcohol in chocolate. It always makes it that much more decadent. Yum!


  10. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 14, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Wow, this so


  11. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 14, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Woah. This sounds beyond amazing and I like to consider myself a fudge connoisseur, well sort of. And despite the fact that you’re not a huge fudge fan, you’ve managed to come up with one of the greatest looking fudge recipes known to man! You’re going to be opening up a restaurant/bakery, correct?


  12. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — December 14, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    This might be the best excuse I’ve ever seen to buy bourbon!


  13. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 14, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Swoooooon. I have never been a fudge loving kind of girl and can’t even say I ever have a craving for it, but THIS could change my mind. One of my distant cousins actually owns a fudge making shop but I think you’d probably put him out of business!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      um how fun is that??


  14. #
    Stephanie — December 14, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    once the chocolate is melted do you remove from the double boiler before adding everything else or leave it on?


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:46 am



  15. #
    foodnerd4life — December 14, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Wow this looks amazing! Must make this for Christmas.


  16. #
    Terry — December 14, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Decisions, decisions…Woodford Reserve or Makers Mark?? Come over and help me choose!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      maker’s mark!


  17. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 14, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I am in love with anything and everything fudge and exclamation points (!!!!!!!!!!!) This post made me so happy. TGI-Fudge! I’m so corny. Caramel heath, chocolate… this fudge if perfection. LOVE it Jessica :)


  18. #
    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — December 14, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I can’t stop looking. O.O


  19. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — December 14, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    I wonder if they’ll notice If I bring fudge to a cookie swap?
    YES I do keep bourbon in my cupboard for baking…..


  20. #
    Kat — December 14, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Will button cream work for this recipe? And I’ve got a spare bedroom ready for you; everything is on hand. I can’t wait to make this!!!


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      bourbon cream? i’m thinking it will!


  21. #
    Lauren | Have Fork, Will Eat — December 14, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I saw the title of this post in my Reader feed and clicked on it without hesitation. I was not disappointed. I am, however, really hungry for fudge now.


  22. #
    sabatino - hotcupoflove.com — December 14, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    The only thing worse than an overdose of exclamation points are smiley faces. At least you haven’t started doing those yet. Lolz.


  23. #
    cindy — December 14, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    this is pretty a stroke of genius. I love it.


  24. #
    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because — December 14, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Gorgeous! These seem like a really imaginative, delicious take on the bourbon ball.


  25. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — December 14, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    holy moly I NEED THIS STAT!!!!!!


  26. #
    Ashley — December 14, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Prettiest fudge I’ve ever seen!!! I have pounds of chocolate in my pantry. You bring the bourbon. See you at 5.


    • Jessica — December 14th, 2012 @ 10:44 am



  27. #
    Lauren Hardy — December 14, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Seriously … the only reason I want to be 21 is so I can cook with things like bourbon, wine, rum, etc. Only. Seven. More. Months! (YAY) This looks delicious Jessica! :)



  28. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 14, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I just faceplanted into my computer screen trying to lick it…


  29. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — December 14, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Amazing. I love fudge. I also love that there are 20 oz of chocolate in this recipe that makes 16-20 pieces… my kind of dessert for sure!


  30. #
    JulieD — December 14, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    my kind of fudge!! can you send me some? ;)


  31. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — December 14, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    I am obsessed with everything you crammed into the fudge!! Totally worth all the exclamation points :)


  32. #
    Jessica — December 14, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I think if anyone saw the number of emoticons, lol’s, haha’s or all caps between us, they would just be lost for words.


  33. #
    Sharla — December 14, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    I woke up this morning with a game plan all set of all the baking that I was going to do today, and now this one jumped to to the top of the list!!


  34. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 14, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    I love the no-boil and sweetened condensed milk versions of fudge, too. I mean yes heavy cream is great but for ease, this cannot be beat AND the massive amounts of topping you piled on from caramel/chocolate to toffee. WOW.

    And bourbon. Nice.

    Girl this is epic.


  35. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — December 14, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    How dare you. This is just madness, really. Until 20 seconds ago, I was staunchly anti-fudge. I’ve eaten too much terrible fudge in my life. Now what am I to think?


  36. #
    alyssa - life a la wife — December 14, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    My husband will die over this. You are so amazing1


  37. #
    Maren — December 14, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Are you EVEN kidding me? I have a frickin wedding dress to fit into next week!!! hahaha I am making this when I go on my sugar binge after the honeymoon haha


  38. #
    Katie — December 14, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Holy mother of chocolate! This looks so freaking delicious! I just don’t think I could make it look that pretty. I suck in that department.


  39. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — December 14, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Oh my gahhhhhhh……

    I just died. Of happiness.


  40. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — December 14, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    this is soooo naughty i love it!


  41. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — December 14, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I overuse “lol” in text messages, too. I actually had a friend to tell me to stop using them so much because it was irritating. When I look through my past texts, she is 100% right.

    This fudge looks delicious!! Love the idea of combining chocolate and bourbon!


  42. #
    Monica — December 14, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Are these real? They look to good to be true… and the exclamation points are an appropriate representation of my reaction to this post right now. yummmmmm


  43. #
    Meagan Wied @ A Zesty Bite — December 14, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I can’t tell you how EXCITED THRILLED ECSTATIC that I am no longer pregnant so that I can try all of your alcohol goodies.


  44. #
    Chloe Moon — December 14, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    I’m not a big fudge person but I can be converted…If i made this I’m sure I would love it! =)

    Ergo – Blog


  45. #
    stephchows — December 14, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    OMG that is the most insane tricked out fudge I’ve ever seen in my life. For not being a fudge person you sure do convince otherwise. YUM!!


  46. #
    collette — December 14, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I love fudge and this looks to die for! I have 3 differetn kinds of chocolate in my house but none with carmel, but I have bourbon!! This may have to sit next to the peppermint topped fudge my daughter insists on every year!! (oops, too many exclamation m arks )


  47. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — December 14, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    i’ve never been a huge fudge person but i just may have to try this bourbon version!


  48. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 14, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Loveeee the photos with the glasses of bourbon. This sounds holidayish.. Or Fridayish. ;)


  49. #
    Amy — December 14, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    I have waaaaaay more than 20 ounces of chocolate in my house and a ridiculous amount of alcohol that I don’t know what to do with. Seriously.


  50. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — December 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    these look DIVINE! loveeee

    also, for the #fbcookieswap I tried to find those Heath bits and couldn’t find them anywhere!! so instead I made my own toffee bits, and FYI it is SUPER easy and tastes amaaazing from scratch!! :)


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