Loaded Chocolate Bourbon Fudge.
I wish I could tell you just HOW excited I am about this.
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.
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.
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.
Loaded Chocolate Bourbon Fudge
- 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.
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129 Comments on “Loaded Chocolate Bourbon Fudge.”
Stop… I can’t.
Diet just ended. Again.
I just want you to know – while I am TERRIBLY slack about commenting (mostly because I get your blog in email updates and, you know, commenting would require that whole extra step of actually clicking the comment link in the email [lazy lazy lazy]), your blog regularly gets forwarded to random and sundry friends and family with many exclamation points and me yelling [in all-caps web style], “I WANT TO EAT ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (and family and friends replying with “When are we going to start MAKING these things and not just reading about them? OMG I WANT” or variations thereof).
I WANT TO EAT ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m glad I don’t live near you because you would definitely have a restraining order against me at this point. I would just live in the bushes outside your house (or hallway outside your apartment/condo/whatever fits) waiting to pop in as soon as the next amazingness exited the oven. Or pan.
This looks sooooo good!!!!!
I, also, am totally ambivalent about fudge, but this sounds totally amazing. I’ll have to give it a try…
This looks amazing!!! What other booze would you recommend BESIDES bourbon? I can’t drink whiskey, even a little bit, the taste is very off-putting for me!
While whiskey is not always bourbon, bourbon is always whiskey. :)
I go through phases where I either love it or hate it but I think it has t lot to do with the end result. But this is an amazing fudge creation.
This looks amazing…and I’m thrilled there’s no nuts. Totally agree with your nut statement!
How can you even be in the same room with stuff…I would just eat it all.
I will blame you and only you if I gain 50 lbs from making this recipe and consequently devouring it all by myself. As mad as I am, I’m equally really, really excited you posted it.
Use all the explanation points you want to describe these beauties!!
I think there’s almost always at least 20 oz of semi sweet chocolate in my house & the bourbon goes without saying – I am a Southern girl – born and raised. Now the milk chocolate might present a problem – but then I could always add extra semi=sweet or dark chocolate – right???? LOL
I really only ever eat anything I bring to potlucks when it comes to desserts, just because I know there’s really nothing I’d rather stuff my face with than the good stuff. Like this. Thanks for sharing :]
Jessica, I do not have words! These look amazing! I would not expect anything less!
I so want to make these but have no idea what chocolate toffee pieces like heath toffee chips or giradelli truffle squares are . Any explanations?
You had me at bourbon.
Wow these looks fantasmic!
As for the LOL’s, I have to admit I’m so bad about that! I could probably write “lol” in every sentence. Does that make me a mad laugher?
Hey girl – just wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!
I don’t comment often, but I just had to say…I love you for this. You have taken my beloved fudge, and added bourbon. As we Southerners like to say…’Bless your heart!’ This is going to the top of the list of things to make this week!!!!
Yes!!! This looks incredible! And I am a HUGE fan of putting booze in my desserts. The texture of this fudge looks really nice, too. The topping is triggering my sugar-craving beast inside.
I don’t know if you participate in Give-aways, but I thought I’d personally invite you to participate in mine, since the Grand Prize includes a huge assortment of Trader Joe’s goodies, and I know you’re all about some Trader Joe’s! http://www.thepescetarianandthepig.com/2012/12/14/brandy-spiked-chocolate-eggnog-cake-and-a-giveaway/ (and the cake in the video is spiked with Brandy. Booze for everyone!)
I hope you check it out!
there are no words for these!!!
I am not a big fan of fudge either but I am not going to lie…I would love a piece of this.
I’m not a big fudge person but after seeing this post I think that might change! Gorgeous photos! :)
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Uh switch to salted caramel chocolates and add bacon and that would be the best fudge in the entire world.
I think I have about 8 pounds of chocolate on hand just now…I stocked up to prepare for Cookie Baking Season. HURRAY!!!!!!!
Totally and completely amazing Jess. My sister-in-law is making this for our family party- I can’t wait!
Pure evil… I must have some asap!!!
lol!! these are totally awesome, so I think I’ll make my own, lol … that is, if I haven’t already drank all the bourbon, lol!!!!!!!
Whoooaaaa awesome Jess!! This looks unreal!
bourbon fudge? i’m excited too!
Ummmmmmm. I think I love you. This is the best lookin’ dessert I’ve seen in a long time…and I’m sure we’ve all been seeing our share of desserts these days!
I know this might sound strange … but I am not a fan of booze in desserts (alone, I am a HUGE fan). These look sooooo decadent though. Any idea of what I could use instead of the Bourbon?
Lawd. Have. Mercy.
These are amazing!! It’s hard not devouring the entire pan!
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My oh my, this looks sooooooooooo gooooood!!! Please make a white chocolate version!!! :D
Worst recipe ever. This should go in a 9×13 pan at the very smallest and it is literally impossible to cut. I made this to take for a party and now I have nothing to take because I don’t have a chainsaw to cut this with.
I just made this as a little addition to my holiday cookie assortment- and it’s as amazing as it looks! Thanks for the great recipe!!
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Want to make these, but am afraid they will be difficult to get out of the pan. Can I put plastic wrap or aluminum foil in the pan to make it come out easier?
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Oh good Lord. Can I do this with creme de menthe?!
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Wowza that’s good!! Just took my first bite, seriously delicious!! I used a little more bourbon and I’m in love!
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I love to make sweets too, but I rarely ever make anything because it’s not good for me to have too many sweets in the house :( But you are so funny… I say “lol” and use wayyyyyyy too many exclamation points too!!!!!! All the time!!! I am very excitable. I also like to add extra letters in things like “Aw” like “aaaaawwww” — to which my iPhone likes to correct me a lot and then I get ANGRY BECAUSE I WANT TO AAAAAWWWW and not AW. Anyway. I want to eat everything you make. Can I move into the house next to yours??
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