I freaking love fudge. I love the taste and the texture when you get it just right. A good piece of fudge is life-altering. (You think I'm kidding.) And I love the versatility. You can make fudge in any flavor imaginable. It's awesome.
When I finally got out of bed yesterday at the crack of ten a.m. and had fudge on the brain, I started thinking in terms of flavor. Pumpkin and blueberry caught my attention for a moment, but when lime popped into my head, it was all over for me.
See, a while back, I chronicled my love affair with this amazing chocolate bar. (Why? Because I wanted to be the next Candy Blog. And, let's face it, I still do.) This chocolate single-handedly changed my life forever. Since then, I've had a serious addiction with all things lime. Add white chocolate to the mix and, well, goodbye forever.
I dug around for a recipe and found one that was very easy. Actually, I like a challenge, so I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find a recipe that provided one, but beggars and choosers blah blah blah.
Key Lime Fudge
3 cups white chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
2 tablespoons key lime juice
Macadamia nuts, if desired
Mix together the chocolate and condensed milk over low heat until melted. Remove from heat and mix in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a prepared 8" by 8" pan (prepared = foiled and greased). Cover and chill for at least two hours.
Now, technically, this isn't fudge. It's amazing and I felt like I had recreated my favorite chocolate, but it's not fudge.
"Fudge is a crystalline candy, which means that, unlike lollipops, caramels, and taffy, crystal formation is desirable in this recipe. Tiny micro-crystals in fudge are what give it its firm but smooth texture. The secret to successful fudge is getting these crystals to form at just the right time."
I basically just melted some chocolate and added flavor. Delicious and I'd totally make it again, but it's not fudge.
Got that? Not. Fudge. But amazing. And totally worth the effort. Promise.
I'll try to break the lime addiction soon. (I make no guarantees.)
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