**Please note, as of December 2017, I have updated and simplified this recipe.**
“This is a million dollar recipe,” exclaimed my husband when he tasted this fudge. Now, I wouldn’t go quite that far, but fudge isn’t my favorite treat under the best of circumstances. I am glad he liked this one because he requested it. And I slaved over a hot stove for hours. 🙂
Ok, so no slaving over a hot stove, but I did go through a couple colossal failures on the way to fudge perfection. Last year, I made some fudge with dates and unsweetened chocolate that turned out pretty well, but I didn’t think it was quite good enough to post. For the chocolate part of this fudge, I picked up where I left off on that recipe and the results were just disastrous.
This is seized chocolate. Something happens (usually water) that makes the solids separate from the fats in the chocolate. There are things you can do to remedy the situation, like add more fat and whisk your little arm off. But I tasted that clumpy mess and it didn’t taste good enough to mess with. So in the trash can it went. Sigh.
No matter how much you cook, no matter how much experience you have in the kitchen or how much Food Network you watch, we are all susceptible to major fails in the kitchen. And it’s ok. Yes, it’s a bummer to waste those precious ingredients, but it’s not the end of the world.
Luckily for you, I did all the failing on this recipe. What’s left for you is a recipe that will most certainly work (if you follow the instructions). And it is pretty good, for fudge, that is. It has that creamy, smooth texture that is a must for fudge. And the white chocolate/orange layer is a nice contrast to the dark chocolate. If your family needs fudge and you’re looking for something a little different (and that doesn’t involve that tub of marshmallow fluff) then give this one a try.
There is a lot of debate about what is paleo and what is not, but the definition I follow includes good quality chocolate like I used here (Enjoy Life) because there is no soy or dairy or gluten in the chocolate. Yes, there is sugar, but it is a small amount, which makes this a perfect, splurge-worthy treat.
If you’d like a fudge recipe that sticks to these chocolate-inclusive paleo guidelines (and who wouldn’t?), then leave out the white chocolate layer. I have searched high and low for a white chocolate that doesn’t contain soy and refined sugars and I just can’t find one. I did find a recipe you could use to try to make your own white chocolate here. I haven’t tried it though so I can’t speak to it’s credibility.
If you want to leave out the white chocolate, you could double the fudge layer. You could add the orange zest and orange extract to the fudge layer as well if you’d like to keep that chocolate orange thing going. You make it your recipe!
All in all, this is an easy fudge recipe that yields great results every time. Don’t waste your time steeping dates and melting chocolate to a precise temperature. This recipe is super easy and delicious! Did I really say fudge was delicious? Ok, maybe I’ve been converted to a fudge lover!