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After my New Year’s resolution intention list and my pledge to cut back on sugar, you probably didn’t expect my next post to be sugar-dense dark chocolate fudge. Other than a few minor set-backs, I’m actually doing quite well with my elimination of sugar. But I made these during the holidays with the idea of posting the recipe before 2008, so I thought I’d squeeze them in before I start in on stuff like kale soup and cauliflower stew.

Which sounds better? Dark chocolate or cauliflower? Quick, pick one.

Okay, so if I had a choice between one of these little gems or a chunk of raw cauliflower, I probably wouldn’t have to think twice before lunging for the chocolate. And now that dark chocolate is being touted as this year’s wheat germ (which we never bought into anyway), I might even be able to make the pick with a clean conscience (except for the sugar part).

And, let me tell you, these are good. They’re also a breeze to make.

So, here you go. Yummy dark chocolate fudge – unless you’ve made a resolution never to eat fudge again. See, that’s why I suggested intentions.

If nothing else, stick this recipe in your files for sometime when you need a quick and easy dessert. One that doesn’t even require silverware. My favorite kind.

what you need
1 bag (12 ounces) gluten-free dark chocolate chunks *
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk *
pinch of salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios) *

what you do
1. Using low heat, melt the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a heavy saucepan, stirring continuously.
2. Once blended and smooth, pour in nuts and mix well.
3. Poor mixture into greased 9 inch square pan, smoothing the top.
4. Let fudge cool and then refrigerate until well set. Using a good chef’s knife, cut into small squares and store in the freezer. Serve as needed. They’re great right from the freezer.

* I used Whole Foods “365 Brand” 70% cacao Dark Chocolate Mini Chunks (12 ounce bag)
* For more information on sweetened condensed milk, see my Key lime treat post of 12/31/07
* I used shelled and lightly chopped pistachios for this batch because I got some for Christmas (put in a freezer bag and bang with a metal measuring cup to break up), but any nuts will do


3 Responses to “gluten-free dark chocolate fudge”

  1. Tevis says:

    Looking at this dark chocolate fudge at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday is a dangerous thing!

  2. Melissa says:

    Tevis, I’m not kidding — these are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Gluten-free, everyone loves them, easy to make, no plates or silverware, and you only need 3 ingredients. How great is that! Offer to bring dessert to the next party you get invited to.

  3. Cindy says:

    Oh how I missed your hilarious posts and edible pictures (the laptop screen is a bit “drooly” and Jon is fearing for its safety when I see your pics and try to ….umm… eat them through wireless internet :) ). I made no resolutions this year (or really ever) since I don’t want to start off failing :) I love the fudge recipe, I bet Jon would like it if I treated him.

    Ah, and I would choose cauliflower- you can cover it in dark chocolate, you know? Pretend it is a fancy fondue restaurant and all…

    I have to really watch sugar now also since I indulged a bit too much over the break and actually lost weight on a higher sugar/carb diet. Sigh, guess its back to the delicious soups, greens, and grilled fish- what a burden, hehe. I’m looking forward to your kale soup recipe, of course. Bring it on!


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