I have a weak spot and it’s chocolate. “You can have your Chocolate and Eat it too.” Remember Christmas comes only once a year, so it’s a great time to have your occasional favorite chocolate delight splurge. I am sharing my two favorite recipes for my Chocolate Delights- Fudge and Hot Fudge Recipes for Christmas.
This blog or any of my blogs you read contain no calories. In fact, you burn calories as you read them. Aha…If you make these delights they contain calories but make them and share them with others so you will only have one or two servings to give yourself this Christmas.
Say Yes to Chocolate Delights for Christmas
When I think of Christmas desserts and delights, no sugar cookies come to my mind. It’s everything with chocolate or a touch of chocolate. I have decided many years ago, it’s not worth the calories unless it’s chocolate. Pick your calories and treats wisely.
Offer me a sugar cookie and I most likely will say “no” but offer me fudge and if it’s good fudge, I am a taker. I am so glad that I don’t make these foods every month or year-round. Most of the time I only make them around Christmas time.
I do have to say my son wanted hot fudge Sundays this summer so I made hot fudge for an ice cream Sunday with toppings party we had outside. If I just have a spoonful of hot fudge hot off the stove, I can leave it alone.
No fear, you don’t have to overconsume these delights, just share them with others.
Moderation is the key to chocolate delights. It’s how often you eat it and how much you eat of it that matters. It’s not worth the Kcals unless it’s chocolate.
Let’s Talk Fudge as a Chocolate Delight
Once I learned how easy fudge was, the recipe was a keeper. I will share my two favorite versions. Chocolate Delights- Fudge and Hot Fudge Recipes.
Here is the thing. You can make this fudge in 5-10 minutes. I always say fudge is only 5 minutes away.
When I see them selling fudge in the stores, I tell myself, “if I buy the ingredients, I can make it in 5 minutes and have a whole pan for almost a few pieces I would buy.” The good part is I never remember to make it when I get home. I know how to trick myself.
Microwave Mint Fudge Recipe
- 1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ bag mint chocolate Chips or Andes mints pieces
- 1 -14 ounce can sweet and condensed milk
Place ingredients in a large glass microwave bowl and microwave for 4-5 minutes depending on your wattage of the microwave. This fudge may need 5 minutes because of the Andes chips. The fudge sets a bit softer. Stir until melted and quickly spread in a lined 8×8 pan with aluminum foil or sprayed with cooking spray.
I prefer mint Chocolate Chips but I can’t find them anymore.
Quickly add ¼ cup crushed candy canes to the top or a few reserved Andes mint pieces, cool, and cut into small pieces.
Microwave Dark Chocolate Pecan Fudge Recipe
- 1 bag dark chocolate Chips
- 1 -14 ounce can sweet and condensed milk
- ½-3/4 cup chopped pecans
Place ingredients in a large glass microwave bowl and microwave for 4-5 minutes depending on your wattage of the microwave. Mine was perfect after 4 1/2 minutes. Stir until melted and add pecans and quickly spread in a lined 8×8 pan with aluminum foil or sprayed with cooking spray. Cut into small pieces.
The best way to store fudge is sealed and on the counter. If you put it in the refrigerator the sugars crystalize and it makes for dry fudge. I sometimes put it in the freezer, but then I like to eat frozen fudge. The best rule is to make it and eat it. I love fudge a little warm after it is freshly made.
Hot Fudge Makes any Ice Cream a Chocolate Delight
Every Christmas Eve my family tradition is to serve Hot fudge on candy cane ice cream for dessert. If you can’t find it use peppermint patty ice cream or mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Over the years I have memorized this recipe and given it out plenty of times. My sister would serve it at camp and had to label the leftovers in the refrigerator “Brown Gravy” so the counselors wouldn’t eat it.
My friend likes to make this hot fudge. She takes a bucket of ice cream and a jar of hot fudge to the neighbors as a move-in gift. I told them the “Brown Gravy” story and the next day, her husband relabeled their hot fudge “brown gravy”, hoping their kids wouldn’t eat it.
Hot Fudge Recipe Served with Candy Cane Ice Cream as a Chocolate Delight
- 2 cups powder sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 can evaporated milk
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Boil for 8 minutes on almost high and stir constantly. Don’t burn. If you turn lower temp the hot fudge will not be as thick. Serve hot on top of ice cream or store in the refrigerator and heat as you need.
Give any of these fudge ideas as a gift, bring to a Christmas party or eat it slowly with your family one-piece or spoon at a time and savor it.
Christmas comes only once a year and it’s not worth the Kcals unless it’s chocolate.
If you ever have watched the movie, “Eloise at Christmastime,” then you may remember the scene where Eloise and her Nanny, “Julie Andrews” eat fudge all Christmas Eve until they are Sick, Sick, Sick.
They enjoyed fudge, but don’t enjoy it that much. Happy Chocolatey, Fudgy Christmas! Chocolate Delights / Fudge and Hot Fudge Recipes for Christmas
Here is the link for more about the Eloise at Christmastime movie. It’s a classic on my list.
If you want to balance out the hot fudge with a salad at Christmas, then see My Favorite Christmas Salad and Dessert blog for the salad recipe.
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