Copycat Chocolate Moonshine Fudge Recipe

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Copycat Chocolate Moonshine Fudge Recipe

Are you ready to elevate your dessert game to an irresistibly indulgent level? If you’re anything like me, the combination of chocolate and fudge is enough to make your heart skip a beat. But what if I told you there’s a way to make fudge even more special? The Chocolate Moonshine Fudge. Not only is this treat decadently smooth and rich, but it’s also infused with a cheeky hint of moonshine that transforms each bite into a luxurious experience.

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How to make Chocolate Moonshine Fudge

Chocolate Moonshine Fudge is a delicious variation of traditional fudge that incorporates a hint of moonshine, a type of distilled alcohol typically associated with Appalachia and other regions. Moonshine adds a unique flavor profile to the fudge, often described as slightly sweet and earthy.

Ingredients:

For the Fudge:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup of good quality moonshine
  • A pinch of salt

Optional for Topping:

  • Sea salt flakes
  • Crushed nuts (pecans or walnuts work beautifully)
  • Chocolate shavings

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: Lightly grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal later.
  2. Combine the Ingredients: Mix the sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, ensuring there are no lumps. Stir in the heavy cream and cut the butter into chunks, for easier melting. Bring the mixture to medium heat, stirring continuously, until the butter fully melts.
  3. Cook the Fudge: Continue to cook the mixture on medium heat, stirring often to prevent sticking or burning. Cook until the mixture reaches a soft ball stage (234-240°F on a candy thermometer). This process should take around 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Cool Down: Once the fudge mixture has reached the desired temperature, remove it from the heat. Do not stir it at this point. Allow it to cool down to about 110°F. This is crucial for achieving the right texture. It should take about 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Add Moonshine and Vanilla: After the mixture has cooled to the correct temperature, add the moonshine and vanilla extract. With a wooden spoon or a sturdy whisk, beat the fudge vigorously until it thickens and loses some of its gloss. This step is critical for getting that classic fudge texture.
  6. Pour and Chill: Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. If using, sprinkle your choice of toppings over the surface and gently press them into the fudge. Let the fudge set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  7. Slice and Enjoy: Use the parchment paper overhang to lift the fudge out of the pan. Cut the fudge into small squares. Because of its richness, smaller pieces are perfect for serving.

Tips for Perfect Chocolate Moonshine Fudge:

  • Quality Matters: The quality of the moonshine can greatly affect the taste of your fudge. Opt for a smoother, higher quality moonshine for the best results.
  • Temperature is Key: A reliable candy thermometer ensures accurate temperature measurements. This will prevent the fudge from becoming too hard or too soft.
  • Be Patient: The cooling and beating stages are crucial for achieving the perfect fudge texture. Rushing through these steps can result in a less than perfect texture.
  • Storage: Store your fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For a softer texture, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

What to serve with

Pairing your delectable Chocolate Moonshine Fudge with the right accompaniments can transform it from a mere sweet treat into an extraordinary dessert experience. Here are some delightful ideas on what you can serve alongside your fudge to impress your guests or to pamper yourself during those special indulgent moments.

Beverages:

  • Coffee: A hot cup of rich, black coffee is the classic partner to chocolate fudge. The bitterness of the coffee pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the fudge; if you prefer, a splash of milk or a latte can soften the contrast.
  • Tea: For a lighter touch, consider serving your fudge with a pot of tea. With their subtle spicy notes, Earl Grey or Chai complements the moonshine-infused chocolate’s complexity.
  • Dessert Wines: Chocolate and wine are a heavenly match. A glass of Port, Sherry, or a sweet red dessert wine can amplify the deep, chocolatey notes of your fudge.
  • Milk: Sometimes, nothing beats the simple pleasure of chocolate with a glass of cold milk. It’s a combination adored by children and nostalgic adults alike.

Light Snacks:

  • Cheese Plate: A carefully curated cheese platter featuring a mix of sharp, creamy, and blue cheeses can complement the richness of moonshine fudge.
  • Mixed Nuts: Salted nuts like almonds, pistachios, or walnuts add a delightful crunch and a contrast of flavors that work well with the smooth texture of fudge.
  • Fresh Fruit: Fresh berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, offer a tartness that balances the sweet intensity of the chocolate. Sliced apples or pears can also provide a refreshing, juicy crunch.

Dessert Companions:

  • Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside a square of Chocolate Moonshine Fudge is a playful pairing that’s sure to please. The cold creaminess complements the fudge’s richness perfectly.
  • Whipped Cream: A dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream can add a cloud-like contrast to the dense fudge. Finish off with a dusting of cocoa powder for extra flair.
  • Cakes and Pies: If you aim for an ultra-decadent dessert spread, serve the fudge as a companion to simple cakes, like angel food or pound cake, or alongside classic pies, such as pecan or apple.

Digestifs:

  • Brandy or Cognac: For a sophisticated after-dinner touch, offer a snifter of brandy or cognac. The warm, complex flavors of these spirits can enhance the moonshine and chocolate’s depth.
  • Single Malt Scotch: A small glass of smoky, peaty single malt scotch can stand up to the bold flavors of moonshine fudge and create a memorable dessert-tasting experience.

Decorative Garnish:

  • Edible Flowers: Dramatize your dessert presentation by scattering some edible flowers like pansies or rose petals on the serving tray for a pop of natural color and subtle floral undertones.
  • Cocoa or Powdered Sugar: A light dusting of cocoa powder or powdered sugar over the fudge right before serving can add a visual appeal and a touch of additional sweetness.

Ingredients Substitutes

Fudge Chocolate Moonshine Recipe

When making Chocolate Moonshine Fudge, you may find yourself in need of ingredient substitutes either due to dietary restrictions, allergies, or simply because you are missing an item in your pantry. Fortunately, this recipe is quite versatile and can be adapted easily.

Sugar Substitutes:

  • Coconut Sugar: If you’re looking for a less refined option, coconut sugar is an excellent substitute for white sugar in a 1:1 ratio. Just note that it may impart a slight caramel flavor.
  • Maple Syrup or Honey: For a natural sweetener, maple syrup or honey can be used. As they are liquid, you’ll need to adjust the recipe slightly—use ¾ cup for every 1 cup of sugar and reduce other liquid ingredients accordingly.

Cocoa Powder Substitutes:

  • Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder: If the recipe calls for natural cocoa powder and you only have Dutch-processed, it’s an easy 1:1 substitute. Due to its alkalization process, Dutch-processed cocoa powder has a smoother, more mellow flavor.
  • Unsweetened Chocolate: Substitute 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate (finely chopped) plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda for every 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Reduce the fat in the recipe by 1 tablespoon to account for the extra cocoa butter in the chocolate.

Heavy Cream Substitutes:

  • Coconut Cream: For a dairy-free alternative, coconut cream can be used in a 1:1 ratio. This will add a slight coconut flavor to your fudge.
  • Evaporated Milk: Evaporated milk can be used as a replacement for heavy cream. Keep in mind that it will not be as rich.

Butter Substitutes:

  • Margarine: Margarine can replace butter in a 1:1 ratio for those looking for a dairy-free option. Opt for a block margarine rather than one in a tub for better consistency.
  • Coconut Oil: If you’re avoiding dairy, coconut oil is a good substitute for butter. Use it in a 1:1 ratio, but this will introduce a coconut flavor to your fudge.

Vanilla Extract Substitutes:

  • Almond Extract: If you’re out of vanilla or want to try a different flavor, almond extract can be used, but it’s stronger, so use half the amount. This works particularly well if you’re also adding nuts to your fudge.
  • Maple Syrup: For a subtle flavor twist, maple syrup can substitute vanilla extract in equivalent amounts.

Moonshine Substitutes:

  • Bourbon or Whiskey: If moonshine is not available, bourbon or whiskey can be a fine substitute and will still deliver a delightful kick. Use in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Rum: For a different flavor profile, dark or spiced rum can replace moonshine. This can pair exceptionally well with chocolate.
  • Non-Alcoholic Substitutes: For a non-alcoholic version, use the same amount of water or fruit juice (such as apple to mimic the moonshine’s subtle fruitiness) mixed with a teaspoon of non-alcoholic vanilla extract to add depth of flavor.

Final Thoughts

Making this Chocolate Moonshine Fudge is more than just following a recipe; it’s an adventure in flavors that promises to enchant anyone who takes a bite. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion, a holiday treat, or simply to satisfy your sweet tooth, this fudge is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Copycat Chocolate Moonshine Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Moonshine Fudge

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 18 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

For the Fudge:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup of good quality moonshine
  • A pinch of salt

Optional for Topping:

  • Sea salt flakes
  • Crushed nuts (pecans or walnuts work beautifully)
  • Chocolate shavings

Instructions

  1. Preparation: Lightly grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal later.
  2. Combine the Ingredients: Mix the sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, ensuring there are no lumps. Stir in the heavy cream and cut the butter into chunks, for easier melting. Bring the mixture to medium heat, stirring continuously, until the butter fully melts.
  3. Cook the Fudge: Continue to cook the mixture on medium heat, stirring often to prevent sticking or burning. Cook until the mixture reaches a soft ball stage (234-240°F on a candy thermometer). This process should take around 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Cool Down: Once the fudge mixture has reached the desired temperature, remove it from the heat. Do not stir it at this point. Allow it to cool down to about 110°F. This is crucial for achieving the right texture. It should take about 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Add Moonshine and Vanilla: After the mixture has cooled to the correct temperature, add the moonshine and vanilla extract. With a wooden spoon or a sturdy whisk, beat the fudge vigorously until it thickens and loses some of its gloss. This step is critical for getting that classic fudge texture.
  6. Pour and Chill: Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. If using, sprinkle your choice of toppings over the surface and gently press them into the fudge. Let the fudge set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  7. Slice and Enjoy: Use the parchment paper overhang to lift the fudge out of the pan. Cut the fudge into small squares. Because of its richness, smaller pieces are perfect for serving.

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