Dark Chocolate and Orange Zest Fudge
Time: a few minutes
Rest time: a few hours to overnight
Makes about 20 1" x 1" pieces
One 10 or 11 oz. package of dark chocolate chips (either size will work)
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (one 14 oz. can is actually 1 and 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The zest of a medium orange (about a tablespoon, although you can decrease this for a milder taste)
Line an 8" x 8" pan with aluminum foil such that you can later easily lift the foil (with the fudge) out of the pan. Combine all ingredients into a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for one minute. Use a spatula to stir all ingredients to combine. If not all of the chocolate has melted, put the bowl back into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until all the chocolate has melted (I've never had to put it in for anything more than 1 minute 30 seconds total. Usually, the chocolate has melted with the first minute.). Quickly pour the fudge into the prepared pan and spread it out with a spatula to an even layer. Let stand on the counter for a few hours (3-4 or so) or overnight (I prefer this option) to let it set up. Once it has set up, lift the foil out of the pan. Use a knife (doesn't need to be sharp; a butter knife would work) to cut pieces. Enjoy!
- I would advise against putting the fudge in the fridge in order to hasten hardening. When I have done this, it has resulted in a fudge that is almost too hard to cut. Also, I would be concerned about condensation possibly forming on the fudge, which would not be a good thing.
- A pizza cutter also works very well for cutting pieces.
- If you decide to use white chocolate chips for this recipe, use a little LESS sweetened condensed milk. Don't fill the 1/3 cup all the way to the top. It has been my experience in the past that using all 2/3 cup produces fudge that will not harden up.
- Since one can of sweetened condensed milk is double what you need, why not make two batches of fudge!
- You can swap the dark chocolate for milk or semisweet chips and ditch the zest for plain chocolate fudge.
- Lightly roasting about a cup of almond slivers and using white chocolate chips gives a nice nutty variation to the recipe.
Use your imagination for more variations. Cheers! :)