‘Tis really the season of sweetness and love this Valentine’s Day. People are giving each other flowers and chocolates to show how much we appreciate one another. Show friends and loved ones just how much you love and cherish them by giving them some homemade raspberry chocolate fudge as a token of appreciation.
Dark chocolate and raspberry make a treat that compels us to keep having more. The sweet tangy taste of raspberries and the rich bittersweet flavor of dark chocolate create a well-balanced flavor. Show someone on your romantic dinner for two that you love them today. Make these addictive delectable bites by trying out this raspberry chocolate fudge recipe.
Chocolate Vs Chocolate Fudge – The Difference
We have our entire lives of familiarity with chocolate. Our childhood basically revolved around chocolate sweets, but what’s the difference between chocolate and chocolate fudge? It’s kind of confusing when you look at them from afar but their distinctions are pretty clear.
- Chocolate fudge is softer. They are almost spongy in texture, as compared to smooth and hard surfaces of standard chocolates.
- Consistency and flavor-wise, chocolate is silkier and has a stronger cocoa flavor. In contrast, chocolate fudge has a soft and chewy texture with a milkier flavor.
- Fudge can be made with chocolate but it’s not all chocolate. It may have chocolate as one ingredient if you want to make chocolate fudge. But fudge can be made with a lot of flavors like peanut butter, graham, or even coffee! It contains other components like butter and milk. Some fudge may not even have chocolate at all.
- Chocolate is made with cacao beans, cocoa butter, milk, and sugar. Besides nuts, dried fruits, and flavorings, the main chocolate would only have those 4 ingredients. The fewer, the better and the more expensive it becomes especially when it has high cacao content. On the other hand, the fudge itself can be made with various ingredients, with or without chocolate. Modern fudges rely on condensed milk, but the old-fashioned recipe uses marshmallow cream to set the base.
We both love to give and receive chocolates or fudges on occasions like Valentine’s Day. But if you’re the one giving it away this year, then you might love to know of the chocolate gift box tips we have below.
3 Tips For Arranging Your Fudge Gift Box
A homemade treat is perfect to show appreciation by pouring personal efforts into it. You know how they say that when we cook, we must always have the most important ingredient – Love. Making a meal or a dish for someone we value turns out to be really good, don’t you think? Here are some ideas you can use for giving away those chocolate treats you’re about to make.
- Mix a variety of fudge in your box. Fudges are very easy to make and customizing flavors wouldn’t be a fuss. Make different fudges like a batch of S’mores Fudge or the marshmallow cream alternative like Kahlua Cream Fudge. You may also love this inspired version of the famous Fannie May Chocolate Fudge, too. Make your gift box fun and exciting by including assorted flavors. Put a small adventure in a box and celebrate love together.
- You don’t always have to go big and grand. A box with 3 to 5 pieces of fudge will suffice. But here’s a little heads-up: they WILL want more of these berrilicious raspberry fudge after just one bite.
- Choose a simple yet elegant-looking box. A minimalist touch on the outside will definitely surprise them with the full and exciting fudge flavors inside! Finishing it off with a simple ribbon and a note will do the trick. Also, don’t forget to put silica gel with it so it absorbs all the extra moisture to keep your chocolate (and other types, if you intend to) fudge fresh.
Tips For Making Raspberry Chocolate Fudge
This chocolate fudge recipe is so easy to make that you can whip it up in 10 minutes. Here are extra tips you can implement when making this fudge recipe this Valentine’s Day:
Consider other fudge shapes
Ditch the usual square shapes by chilling your raspberry fudge in heart-shaped molds. In case you don’t have it, you can easily craft an improvised one using paper and staples.
- Create a heart-shaped paper mold by cutting a piece of thick paper rectangularly. The length and thickness will vary depending on how big you want your fudge to be.
- Subsequently, take both ends of the cut paper and staple them together.
- Next, take the adjacent circular end and pinch to create the bottom of the heart. Staple it so it won’t revert to the circular shape once you put your chocolate fudge in.
- Last, fill the paper mold with the chocolate fudge mixture. When filling, do it directly on the tray you’re going to put on the fridge to chill. Don’t worry, the paper mold will hold just fine.
Sprinkle some extra bites on top
You can also sprinkle some chopped nuts of your choice for added crunch and flavor to your raspberry chocolate fudge. Almonds and hazelnut go well with raspberries and of course, chocolates!
Set forth the season of hearts’ spirit by giving away love in each bite of your raspberry chocolate fudge. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Delectable Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Recipe Video
How To Make Delectable Raspberry Chocolate Fudge
A chocolate fudge flavored with raspberry jam. This semi-sweet delectable rich dark chocolate fudge makes a perfect gift idea this season of hearts!
Grease a 10-inch baking casserole with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper.
Combine condensed milk and dark chocolate in a bowl. Transfer to the microwave and heat at 15-second intervals over medium heat, stirring in between, until evenly melted and smooth
Add vanilla extract, raspberry jam or marmalade, and salt to the melted chocolate mixture. Whisk until combined.
Save ⅓ cup of white chocolate for later. Add the white chocolate into the chocolate mixture and fold until evenly incorporated.
Transfer the mixture onto the lined baking casserole and leave it in a chilled area. Chill until firm.
Prepare the red chocolate sauce while waiting. Combine shortening and remaining white chocolate into a bowl.
Transfer to the microwave and heat at 10-second intervals over medium heat, stirring in between, until evenly melted and smooth.
Add food coloring and extract. Stir until incorporated. Adjust color as necessary.
Transfer chocolate sauce mixture into a piping bag and chill until set but not firm.
Once the fudge has firmed up, remove it from the container and portion it into cubes.
Drizzle with the prepared chocolate sauce, then return to the chiller for 2 hours, or until set and ready to serve.
We used raspberry jam instead of raspberry marmalade when making the raspberry chocolate fudge in our recipe tutorial video.
Commonly Asked Questions
How long does fudge last?
It’s so addictive we doubt that this fudge will even last a day. But you can keep it for at least 2 weeks while still keeping its top quality. This is possible even when kept at room temperature. If refrigerated, the raspberry chocolate fudge will stay good for as long as 3 weeks.
How do you properly store chocolate fudge?
You can store it at a cool room temperature and away from sunlight. If they came in a cardboard box or paper bags, consider transferring them to an airtight container if you will not consume them immediately. Moisture and heat will compromise your fudge’s quality.
Aside from the fun of creating this very easy raspberry chocolate fudge, it’s easy to love this no-fuss recipe because you can easily prepare it in under 10 minutes. In case you will want to make another batch some other time, which we’re sure you will, the steps and ingredients are not hard to remember. Celebrate your day of hearts filled with semi-sweet bites of these delectable raspberry chocolate treats.
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