This chocolate fudge with candied walnuts is a rich, creamy, decadent, chocolate treat that is incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious to eat – you won’t be able to stop at one piece.
I don’t make treats and desserts very often. I’m not a big baker and don’t have a strong sweet tooth. But I love to share treats with my co-workers for the holidays so this year I’ve decided to make chocolate fudge with candied walnuts.
I’ve never made fudge before, but it was SO easy. And absolutely delicious. The process is very simple. You start by melting butter, sugar, heavy cream and mini marshmallows together in a saucepan over medium low heat. Then stir in dark chocolate chips, vanilla extract and candied walnuts. Pour the fudge into a parchment lined baking pan and let it cool for about 1 1/2 hours. That’s it. Then just slice it up and serve. It’s rich, creamy and extremely chocolatey.
In the spirit of the holidays, I’m going to start donating a portion of the money that I earn from this blog to a different organization each year. This year I will be donating to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The DSWT organization fosters baby elephants who have been separated from their mothers due to poaching or from the loss of their natural habitat due to human conflict, drought or deforestation.
DSWT’s Orphan’s Project rescues and rehabilitates baby elephants. They have successfully hand raised over 150 infant elephants and returned them to the wild when they are old enough to join local wild herds. After the elephants are returned to the wild, they often come back to visit the orphanage, bringing their wild-born babies with them.
If you use instagram, I recommend you check out the DSWT feed – it’s a heart warming account with charming stories about the orphans and their caretakers.
I want to thank all my readers for making this donation possible. The donation will go toward fostering a baby elephant named Malkia.
Thank you again and I want to wish you all a happy holiday and a healthy and joyous New Year!
A couple of notes this recipe:
- When making the candied walnuts, make sure to keep your eye on them and stir often. I burned my first batch since I wasn’t paying attention to them.
- Make sure to stir the butter, sugar, cream and marshmallows as it cooks, otherwise it will bubble up and over the pan and make a great big mess.
- If not eating right away, keep the chocolate fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Recipe slightly adapted from this Martha Stewart fudge recipe.
|Chocolate Fudge with Candied Walnuts|| |
- 1 cup of walnut pieces
- 1 tbs unsalted butter
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter - ½ stick - plus extra to grease the pan
- 3 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup heavy cream
- A pinch of sea salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 10 oz bag of dark chocolate chips - I used Nestle Dark Chocolate chips - 53% cacao
- Butter two sheets of parchment paper. You will use these to crisscross an 8 inch square baking pan.
- To make the candied walnuts, in a non-stick sauté pan, melt 1 tbs of butter over medium low heat. Add walnut pieces and stir to coat with the butter. Sprinkle 1 tbs of brown sugar over the nuts and stir to combine. Continue to stir the walnuts for 2 minutes as the sugar melts and coats the walnuts. Remove the candied walnuts from heat and let cool in the pan.
- In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium low heat. Add mini marshmallows, sugar, heavy cream and salt and continue cooking for 5 to 6 minutes until marshmallows and sugar have completely melted. Make sure to stir occasionally so the mixture does not bubble up and over the pan.
- Remove saucepan from the heat and stir in dark chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in half the candied walnut pieces.
- Pour fudge into buttered parchment lined baking dish. Smooth top and sprinkle on remaining candied walnut pieces.
- Pat the walnuts gently so they stick to the top of the fudge.
- Let cool in pan for 30 minutes and the put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- When completely cool, lift the edges of the parchment paper and lift the fudge out of the pan. Place on a cutting board and slice into squares - 6 rows by 6 rows. Will make 36 pieces.