I love it when my friend Susan shares a recipe with us. She’s back today with a recipe you won’t be able to resist! Easy Buttery Kahlua Fudge.
I decided I wanted something sweet and made some simple delicious fudge. I just couldn’t resist. Years ago, I tasted a Kahlua Fudge recipe and decided to try adding it to an easy and common perfect fudge recipe.
Easy Buttery Kahlua Fudge Recipe
It was quite a surprise because not too many people know that chocolate and coffee go well together. And since Kahlua is a coffee-flavored rum, it has turned into a welcome surprise. It makes perfect sense to add it to dark chocolate old fashioned creamy fudge.
This easy homemade fudge recipe is perfect for neighbor gifts, Christmas gifts, or for just about any time of year.
What Is Fudge, Exactly?
Traditional fudge is like a chocolate candy that is made by mixing butter, sugar, and milk. You continue heating this mixture to a soft-boil stage of 240-degrees Fahrenheit. In order to retain its smooth and silky consistency, you need to continually beat it until it cools down.
New traditional fudge recipes, like this one, don’t require you to use a thermometer or wait until the fudge gets to a soft-boil stage. You also won’t need to beat the mixture around until your arms fall off.
What Is Kahlua?
Kahlua is a coffee-flavored rum. The two are created separately by slow and meticulous procedures. When they’re ready, they’re infused together and aged for four months before being bottled and sold commercially.
Why Add Kahlua To Fudge?
When you add alcohol to food and cook it, the heat burns the alcohol away and leaves behind a hint of its fine taste. But since nowadays the best homemade fudge isn’t generally cooked, you don’t burn off that alcohol. It simply becomes a creamy dark chocolate dessert with a hint of coffee liqueur and a slight kick.
Of course, it will depend on how much Kahlua you add. If you add in the whole bottle of Kahlua, then you will definitely notice the liqueur (and possibly end up with a fudge induced hangover).
But in our easy fudge recipe, we only use ⅓ cup of Kahlua, which will just give a slight kick to the chocolate.
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Ingredients Included In Fudge Making
Since there’s no baking involved in making fudge, it’s partly one of the reasons many people love to make it. Not to mention, it requires very basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
- Dark Chocolate – What is fudge without dark chocolate? If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, you can use semi-sweet or even white chocolate. But dark chocolate is a better choice to balance out the Kahlua.
- Kahlua – You can also go with another liqueur option if you prefer, but since this recipe calls for Kahlua, that’s what we’re making today.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – This is a huge timesaver for fudge. It adds creaminess to the fudge without having to wait for milk to boil. It also adds sweetness to the dish without the need to add more sugar.
- Butter – Apart from adding creaminess to the fudge, it helps it set firmly.
- Nuts – If you want a little crunch in your fudge, you can use chopped nuts like pistachios, walnuts, or pecans.
- Vanilla Extra – This adds creamy floral notes to the fudge or you could use almond extract
Fudge Making Methods
There are a number of methods for making chocolate fudge, depending on convenience and the available tools. But in a nutshell, you’ll need to melt the plain chocolate thoroughly before you add in the liquids.
If you are using white chocolate chips, you need to be extra careful that you don’t burn the chocolate. Otherwise, you’ll have to start from scratch.
Another thing you have to be careful of is getting any water into the melted chocolate. When water accidentally gets into the melted chocolate, it will seize up and cause you to have to throw it away and start over.
This is a precaution you have to watch for when you’re using any kind of chocolate, even good quality, expensive chocolate.
What Causes Grainy Fudge?
Some fudge recipes make use of sugar instead of sweetened condensed milk. In these recipes, you will need to be sure that your sugar has completely dissolved in the liquid and beaten thoroughly, which is why a candy thermometer is helpful.
But since this recipe doesn’t call for sugar, you won’t need to worry about ending up with a grainy fudge.
How Do You Slice Fudge?
Once you’ve made your fudge, keep it refrigerated for at least 3 hours so that it sets properly. When it’s ready, you can slice it with a flat knife.
For the best results, dip the knife in boiling water but make sure to dry it completely before you slice the fudge. The reason for this is so the heat from the blade will help to slice the fudge more easily.
How Long Can You Store Kahlua Fudge?
One thing you have to remember about homemade Kahlua fudge is that it normally doesn’t include any sort of preservatives to lengthen its shelf life. But if you properly seal in an air-tight container and store it in the refrigerator, it should last at least three weeks.
To keep its texture, you should store fudge in plastic wrap and in aluminum foil. Store inside a ziplock bag and make sure to squeeze out all of the air. Make a note of the date and you can then store in the freezer for up to three months.
Here you go!
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Supplies You May Need When Making Fudge
- Parchment paper
- Airtight container
- Wooden spoon
- Cookie cutters
- Square pan
- Large microwavable bowl
- Wax paper
- Rubber spatula
Easy Buttery Kahlua Fudge
- 1 23 oz bag Nestle Milk Chocolate Chips
- 1 11 oz bag Nestle Butterscotch Chips
- 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (full fat version)
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1/3 cup Kahlua
- 1/2 – 1 cup chopped pecans
- Place foil in a square baker and spray the sides and bottom of the pan with Pam for easy removal.
- Melt the butter and chips in a saucepan.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir. Making sure to get the sides of the saucepan while still simmering on medium low heat.
- Add the Kahlua and pecans.
- Stir your fudge mixture until smooth
- Pour the chocolate mixture into a square baker.
- Put in the refrigerator until fudge cools and has hardened.
- Slice pieces are really small. You want smaller pieces because it is rich.
Now that I’ve made it so many times I can say it is the best and a very easy chocolate fudge recipe. Even though it’s not exactly the traditional fudge recipe, adding a little surprise to an old recipe can bring it back to life again.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you try it or change it up, please share in the comments below.
Hi, I’m Susan, a mother of four and a grandmother to 5 and that, along with my husband and 2 dogs, take up my most of my time. I am a side-tracked Home Executive. I had the privilege of being a stay –at-home mom so, you might say that my passion is the home and making a haven for those I love.