Easy Chocolate Cherry Fudge in the late spring? Most people only make Fudge at Christmas time. But who hasn’t gone to an amusement park and stopped at the Fudge Store and had to buy at least 2 flavors, because no one ever agrees! Let’s face it everyone loves Fudge, but we don’t make it because of candy thermometers, measuring, and the hassle. That’s all about to change!
This is my Aunt Frieda’s recipe for Easy Chocolate Cherry Fudge, and it is much easier than the other Fudge recipe, especially now that we have microwaves!
It is simply chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, almond extract and cherries!
The secret is that you have to use tart cherries. The ones that I get are called Montmorency. Sometimes they are called sour cherries. If you get the Bing Cherries, or sweet cherries they taste like raisins for some reason. The tart ones look like raisins but believe me they have a definite cherry flavor!
I have made this with other dried fruit, apricots are especially good too! You can also mix in your favorite nuts. Also, you can mix up the chocolate chips. I really like the semi-sweet with the cherries, but my husband is a fan of white chocolate.
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
1 5 ounce bag of dried TART cherries
In a microwave proof mixing bowl pour in the chocolate chips.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk on top.
Microwave for 1 minute.
Let sit a minute for the chocolate chips to melt.
Using a silicone spatula mix together until chips are all melted and it is smooth.
If all the chips aren’t melted microwave again for another 30 second.
Add the Vanilla and the Almond Extract.
Mix in the Cherries.
Pour into an 8 inch square cake pan that has been buttered. I spray it with cooking spray and then line it with parchment paper so it comes out cleaner. The cooking spray sort of mostly holds the parchment paper in place.
Let set, I put it in the refrigerator for about an hour.
This doesn’t need to be refrigerated so store in an air tight container.
Be sure to use Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. Evaporated milk will not set.
You can use other dried fruits, I’ve done apricots with the semi-sweet chocolate and mango with white chocolate.