Author: Magdalena Marsden
Whilst I really love chocolate, one can't simply survive on eating chocolate alone! And that is why I often venture to making traditional sweets, especially before Christmas.
This Christmas Chocolate Fudge with Cherries, Pistachio & Coconut Recipe is the perfect recipe to make and give away as a token festive gift. Make your own gift boxes or just add a pretty ribbon and a Christmas gift tag and you have a truly special festive gift. I really love the colours in this recipe, as they are very christmassy on their own and of course the flavour comes from the chocolate you use (the stronger, darker one you use the stronger flavour you will get).
The best thing about this recipe is that you don't actually make it in the same way as a traditional fudge. As there is no boiling sugar involved, it's save to do with children and unlike traditional fudge it always comes out well! I always make several batches, as it goes down so well with all our friends.
Christmas Chocolate Fudge with Cherries, Pistachio & Coconut Recipe
50g unsalted butter
375 ml condensed milk
375 g dark chocolate (any type)
½ teaspoon of vanilla essence
150-200g of glace cherries (halved), pistachios (halved) and coconut
First of all oil a small square tin (about 8 inch) and line with a greaseproof paper. You don't have to use the paper, but I always find that it's easier to take out the fudge at the end.
In a medium microwavable bowl, combine milk, butter and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for about 1 minute or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Stir in about 2/3 of the pistachios, cherries, all coconut and extract. Spread evenly in a greased tin and scatter the rest of the cherries and pistachios on the top. Gently push them in with the back of the spoon. You can add all the fruit inside the mixture but, I find that it's quite nice to see the colours on the top of the fudge.
Cover the tin and chill in the fridge until firm. This can take anything from 1-2 hrs. Afterwards, cut into squares or longer sticks, wrap and decorate with festive gift tags ready to give away. And of course, don't forget to keep some for yourselves!
Hope you enjoy this Christmas Fudge Recipe and if you make it, do let me know how you get on in the comments below.