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Bourbon-Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge

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Bourbon-Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 16
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Bourbon-Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge

An easy fudge topped with delicious bourbon caramel and flaky sea salt!

Ingredients

Fudge:

1
(14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1
pound bittersweet chocolate
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon vanilla extract
3
tablespoons unsalted butter
Coarse sea salt, for garnish

Bourbon Caramel:

1
cup sugar
1/4
cup water
1/2
cup heavy whipping cream
1
tablespoon bourbon

Directions

  • 1 Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with butter and parchment paper (butter helps the parchment paper stick).
  • 2 In a medium-sized metal bowl, combine all fudge ingredients except butter and salt. Set bowl over a simmering pot of water (not touching the water) and stir mixture until it’s melted. It should be really smooth and glossy.
  • 3 Fold butter into the fudge mixture until it’s an even consistency and scoop mixture into the parchment-lined baking pan. Smooth it out and chill fudge until it’s set, at least 2 hours.
  • 4 For caramel, add sugar and water to a small pot over medium-low heat. Swirl the mixture together to help dissolve sugar. Don’t stir the mixture at any point.
  • 5 Cook caramel, swirling occasionally, until mixture is bubbling and the sauce turns a medium tan color, about 15 minutes.
  • 6 When the caramel is the desired color, remove it from the heat and gently stir in cream (it’ll bubble like crazy but just keep stirring). Then stir in bourbon.
  • 7 Let caramel sauce cool.
  • 8 When fudge is chilled, remove it from the baking sheet and peel off parchment paper. Then chop fudge into 16 even pieces and drizzle heavily with bourbon caramel. Sprinkle fudge with flaky sea salt. Try not to eat it all at once!
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An easy fudge topped with delicious bourbon caramel and flaky sea salt!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Is there anything more decadent and delicious than a good piece of fudge?

Yes. Yes, there is. If you take that fudge and top it with bourbon caramel and flaky sea salt, you’ll make it even better.

The resulting fudge is sweet, but not too sweet, and has a nice balance of richness and saltiness. And it’s actually pretty easy to make!

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

Get started by combining the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla in a metal bowl.

Set this over a pot of simmering water but make sure the pot isn’t in the water. This will gently melt the chocolate. Stir it regularly while the mixture melts to make sure it comes together.

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

After the fudge is melted, stir in the butter; the results should be smooth and glossy.

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

Transfer this mixture to an 8x8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. You can lightly butter the baking dish so the parchment paper sticks.

Chill for at least two hours and the fudge will set up beautifully.

Caramel can be stressful to make at home, but the key is to use low-to-medium heat and also not to over stir it (or stir it at all, actually). Stirring it will form crystals in the caramel, and we definitely don’t want that!

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

Instead, just lightly swirl the sugar and water together in a small pot over heat. The sugar will dissolve and start to bubble like crazy.

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

After about 15 minutes of cooking, the caramel will start turning a nice tan color. When it gets to be about this color, it’s done. Remove it from the heat at this point!

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

Once the caramel is the right color, stir in the cream slowly. Now you can stir the caramel. It’ll bubble like crazy but just keep stirring in the cream. Then stir in the bourbon and you should be left with a really nice caramel sauce.

You can chill this sauce and it will thicken a bit more. If it thickens too much, microwave it for 15-20 seconds and it’ll loosen up.

Once the fudge is set, peel off the parchment paper and cut it into 16 even pieces.

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

Then the fun part: drizzling!

Once the caramel is on the fudge (you’ll probably have some left over), sprinkle the fudge with some flaky sea salt. That’ll take the flavor over the top!

 

bourbon salted caramel chocolate fudge

It’s pretty hard to beat a good chocolate fudge, but this recipe definitely kicks it up a notch.

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