Chocolate Fudge with Bourbon Sugar

Chocolate Fudge with Bourbon Sugar 1

I am not normally a big fudge eater, but when I saw “Bourbon Sugar” I said that I gotta make this, and it is everything you would hope that it would be. The exceptional texture and glossy sheen of this fudge result from the way you mix it. Make sure the chocolate and condensed milk are barely hot. Adapted from Bon Appetit magazine.

Servings: Makes 32


For the Bourbon sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

1 cup demerara sugar

2 tablespoons bourbon

For the Fudge
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

10 ounces bitter sweet chocolate (preferably 72%), coarsely chopped

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

10 tablespoons( 1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 tablespoons bourbon

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)


For the Bourbon sugar

1. Preheat oven to 150° or as low as yours will go.

2. Scrape vanilla seeds into a small bowl; stir in demerara sugar and bourbon. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let dry out in oven overnight, leaving door slightly ajar. Mixture should feel like demerara sugar again in the morning.

Do Ahead: Store bourbon sugar airtight at room temperature up to 2 months.

For the Fudge

1. Line an 8×8” baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a generous overhang on 2 sides; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Heat chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let bowl touch water), stirring occasionally, until almost completely melted. Set aside.

2. Combine condensed milk, butter, bourbon, corn syrup, and kosher salt in a small saucepan; scrape in vanilla seeds and add pod. Heat over medium until barely hot (same as the chocolate).

3. Gently stir one quarter of milk mixture into chocolate with a rubber spatula. Add another quarter of milk mixture, stirring to incorporate (it might look broken and greasy; don’t worry, it will come back together). Continue with remaining milk mixture in 2 additions, stirring vigorously until fudge is very shiny and almost elastic, about 5 minutes.

4. Scrape into prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle with bourbon sugar and sea salt. Let cool, then cover and chill at least 4 hours.

5. Turn out fudge onto a cutting board and slice into 2 x 3/4” rectangles, 2” squares, or triangles.

Do Ahead: Fudge can be made 1 week ahead. Wrap tightly and chill.

Chocolate Fudge with Bourbon Sugar

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