There are those that truly appreciate the fine thing that is whiskey. Those that appreciate the history, the tradition, the craftsmanship that goes into each sip.
I am not one of them. I want to be one of them. I truly appreciate a beautifully-made, complicated liquor. And whiskey is the drink of authors and presidents and actors and artists.
But whiskey is one I don’t touch because of that time in college. Seriously. That’s why.
To re-introduce myself to an entire world (I think it’s fair to say that whiskey is an entire world), this Copycat Jack Daniel’s™ fudge does the trick. It is the true taste and flavor of whiskey delivered by sweet, chocolate fudge—also known as the perfect combination of drink and dessert.
I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you that this fudge is strong. It’s not so much fudge with a hint of whiskey, but a shot of whiskey with a hint of fudge! And without heat, the alcohol is not burned off. Ergo, please make sure anyone who tries a bite knows what is in it. And while I did consider how well my kids might sleep from this treat, I kept this fudge well outside their reach.
Not my reach, though.
Aside from the drink plus dessert thing, the other beauty of this recipe is that you need only three ingredients: whiskey, confectioner’s sugar and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Once the chocolate is melted, you need to move quickly, so let’s get everything prepared.
Line a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with parchment paper. To do this, make creases in the parchment paper along the bottom of the dish. I also snipped slits in all four corners so the paper rests nicely in the dish. Make sure to have some excess over the edges, as you’ll be lifting the fudge out of the dish by the paper. Lightly spray cooking spray over the parchment. This isn’t entirely necessary, but I liked the extra insurance. Set the dish aside.
Pour the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave at 30-second intervals until fully melted.
While the chocolate is in the microwave, pour two pounds of confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl. Two pounds is either a large bag of confectioner’s sugar or two of the one-pound boxes. It’s also just under 8 cups. Pour a cup of Jack Daniel’s™ whiskey over the sugar and whisk the mixture well.
When the chocolate is melted, scrape the chocolate over the sugar and whiskey mixture. Working quickly, stir really, really well until all the ingredients are blended.
Then pour the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spread the mixture evenly in the dish. TIP: To help spread the mixture, grease an off-set spatula with vegetable shortening or butter.
Now let the fudge set at room temperature just until it’s firm. For me, this took 30 minutes. Lift the parchment paper under the fudge and place on a cutting board. Cut the fudge into squares. Let the fudge set another 60 minutes or so to fully harden.
Enjoy!! I mean, really enjoy.
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