December 7, 2011

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Fudge {Crazy Cooking Challenge}


Well, hello there, Crazy Cooking Challenge time!  The challenge presented for December by our hostess, Tina of Mom's Crazy Cooking, was  FUDGE!  Gloriously decadent and totally indulgent fudge.

I'm new to making fudge ... I made my first fudge just last month, when I put two family recipes to a head-to-head taste and texture challenge.  (My mother-in-law's recipe beat my sister-in-law's!)  I always thought fudge was difficult to make, but ya know, it's not.  It's really pretty simple.

So, with just one batch of fudge under my belt, I set out to find a fudge flavor to play with for the Crazy Cooking Challenge.  I came across many interesting and intriguing flavors ... like eggnog, mocha, and cappuccino ... but being a choc-a-holic, I went with a good ol' chocolate variation ~ Dark Chocolate Pretzel Fudge, adapted from Beantown Baker's Oreo Pretzel Fudge.  When I saw the combination of fudge and pretzels, I just couldn't resist!  I left off Beantown Baker's Oreo cookies 'n cream layer, and went with just straight chocolate and pretzels.  Oh my.

This fudge is incredibly intense and rich, so just a little dab will do ya.  But my oh my, it's a choc-a-holic's dream.

To make it, start by preparing an 8"x8" pan with an aluminum foil or parchment paper sling.  This will make it easy to lift the finished fudge from the pan for cutting, and will make clean-up of your pan a breeze.

Melt some dark chocolate and combine it with sweetened condensed milk.  I used Baker's semi-sweet chocolate squares.


Then stir in about a cup of crushed pretzels.


Pour half of this mixture into your prepared pan and top it with a layer of whole pretzels.


Pour the remainder of the fudge mixture on top and smooth it out.


Now, Beantown Baker suggested sprinkling the top with sea salt.  And I agree.  I wish I had taken her advice and done that.  And next time I make this fudge, I will give it a little sprinkling.  While you indeed do get the beautiful chocolate-and-salt flavor from the dark chocolate and pretzels, I think another little kick of salt on the top would be totally fabulous.

Cool the completed fudge and cut it into small squares.  Pop it in your mouth and enjoy the salty goodness!



Dark Chocolate Pretzel Fudge
Source:  Adapted from The Beantown Baker
Ingredients
1 (8 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate squares (I used Baker's brand)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. crushed pretzel pieces (approximately 25 small twist pretzels)
Additional whole small twist pretzels (approximately 20 additional pretzels)
Fleur de sel or sea salt (optional)


Directions
1.  Line an 8"x8" pan with an aluminum foil or parchment paper sling.

2.  Melt the chocolate and condensed milk together in a small saucepan over low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in pretzel pieces. 

3.  Spread 1/2 of the chocolate mixture in the prepared pan; top with a layer of whole pretzels.  Pour remaining chocolate mixture on top and spread it evenly.  Top with a sprinkling of fleur de sel or sea salt (optional). 

4.  Refrigerate for about two hours or until firm; cut into small squares.

(Note - The pretzels do begin to soften after a couple of days.  It's still tasty after they soften, but just be aware that the pretzel 'crunch' fades.  So ... if you want to 'keep the crunch,' eat up within a day or two!)

Enjoy!

Check out the other Crazy Cooking Challenge participants through the links below. Looks like there are some delicious fudge variations. Hmmm ... which should I try first??

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{Click to view my other Crazy Cooking Challenge entries.}

This post is linked with Wow Me Wednesday hosted by Polka Dots on Parade, These Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party hosted by Mrs. Fox's Sweets, It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum, Friday Favorites hosted by Simply Sweet Home, Sweets for a Saturday hosted by Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Christmas in the Kitchen hosted by At the Picket Fence, Sweet Indulgences Sunday hosted by A Well-Seasoned Life, Think Pink Sundays hosted by Flamingo Toes, Sundae Scoop hosted by I {heart} Naptime, Savvy Homemade Monday hosted by Home Savvy A to Z, Mangia Mondays hosted by Shine Your Light.

33 comments:

  1. This looks like the perfect combination of sweet and salty!

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  2. So many great recipes today. This one looks divine - I can just imagine how well the sweet/salty/crunch combination go together here!
    Peanut Butter Fudge 

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  3. I love the sweet and salty combination! And the dark chocolate makes it even better! I'm #32 in the challenge.

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  4. Ooh, dark chocolate. . .I'm a sucker for dark chocolate! I cooked up a batch of microwave fudge for CCC this month, #55.

    -Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks delicious! I ALMOST made pretzel fudge, but went for Dark Chocolate Walnut fudge, instead!

    Great minds ;-)

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  6. Wow, now that's dark chocolate fudge - yum!

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  7. I love the idea of pretzels in fudge with that mice salty sweet and crunch. Yum. Also your newest follower.

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/2011/12/chocolate-butterscotch-fudge-crazy.html

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  8. What a great idea - chocolate covered pretzels are so good, so why not put pretzels in fudge. Fabulous photo too!! I hope you'll stop by and see my CCC post for Bailey's Irish Cream and Pistachio Fudge.

    :)
    ButterYum

    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/12/baileys-irish-cream-and-pistachio-fudge.html

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  9. Salty and sweet? Yes please!

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  10. This looks delish! I love chocolate and pretzels and honestly have never made fudge! This is one I would love to try! Thanks for sharing at Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party :)

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  11. Yummy! Sweet and salty and heavenly :) Come check out my orange ginger fudge! Happy HOlidays!

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  12. I love your adaptation. And just look at all that fudge in the linkup!

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  13. Looks so delicious. The pretzels must be wonderful with the chocolate!!

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  14. This is a very cool recipe. I would have never thought to put pretzels in it. Yummy!

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  15. This was on my list of choices to try... now I may really have to give it a go!

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  16. Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it is fun cooking with you!
    Miz Helen

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  17. Great minds think alike!

    Your pretzel fudge looks lovely!

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  18. Chocolate covered pretzel in fudge form? Yes please!

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  19. I love chocolate and pretzels together. Great recipe!

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  20. I was just thinking about pretzels in fudge the other day! I will have to try this!

    I'm #2 (Nutella fudge w/ sea salt). I would love for you to stop by my blog if you haven't already :)
    http://thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com/2011/12/nutella-fudge-with-sea-salt.html

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  21. I have to make this for my hubs. He will LOVE it! thanks for the recipe!

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  22. My goodness! Your pretzel fudge looks delicious. I like the way you left the pretzels whole. I bought two bags of pretzels yesterday just to have as part of my baking supplies. I knew I would be inspired. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  23. That is just feeding my salty/sweet desire even more. Nicely done! I will pin this later!

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  24. Tracey - you always have such good recipes!! Yum. Dying. Need a piece of this now!

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  25. This looks yummy! Thanks for linking up with me last week for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you in this week's special Holly Bloggy Christmas Edition!

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  26. Tracey - you inspired me to make some pretzel fudge and I linked to you today. Apparently this is going to be a common thing linking back to you :)

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  27. I wasn't sure fudge could be improved upon, but dark chocolate and pretzels!?!?! You did it! sounds just amazing!

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  28. I just finished making this DELICIOUS fudge .. along with the cup of crushed pretzels I layered them whole on the bottom .. it made a very cute "crust" ..

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