Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge capitalizes on one of the world’s great flavor combos ~ this homemade fudge is sophisticated, quick and easy, and definitely giftable.

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fudge is unique unto itself.  Sure, it’s sweet, and it’s chocolatey, but that’s only half the fun.  Few foods can compete with the silky texture and mouth feel of a square of fudge.  This, combined with the fact that it’s incredibly easy to make, means that fudge is the perfect food gift.  Anybody can whip it up, all you need is a microwave, a bowl, a spoon, and a pan.  But don’t let all that simplicity fool you ~ on a table of desserts, or in a box of holiday treats, fudge is always the first to go!

TIP: Fudge freezes beautifully, so wrap it well, and stock up your freezer for the holidays.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This particular recipe has some extra perks, like deep dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, and my secret ingredient, Chocmeister Dark Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread.  This stuff is a-mazing ~ you know what I mean if you already know and love the famous brand hazelnut spread.  Talk about mouthfeel!  But honestly, I prefer the flavor of Chocmeister, and it has the added benefit of 25% less sugar, and half again as much protein as the other brand.  It comes in dark and milk varieties, and I’m partial to the dark.

Roasted hazelnuts for Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

If you ask me, any great fudge recipe has to include nuts, and when it comes to nuts, I have just one thing to say ~ roast ’em!  Unroasted nuts are bland and sort of chewy, but a simple dry toasting in a 350F oven brings out incredible flavor and crunch.  It only takes 10-15 minutes, so don’t skip it.

TIP: After you’ve roasted hazelnuts, you can easily remove the bitter skins by rubbing them in a clean dish towel.  The skins will fall right off. 

Making Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Once your nuts are toasted this fudge comes together in a snap.  I use the microwave, but you can also do it in a saucepan on the stove.  You’ll heat the condensed milk to a simmer, and then add in the chocolate and stir until melted.  Then in goes the Chocmeister Dark Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread and a bit of extract.  I fold in the nuts last, and then spread the whole luscious lot into my pan.

Chocmeister Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread for making Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I purposely wrote this recipe so that you’d have some Chocmeister Dark left in the jar for snacking.  You’re welcome :)

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

Ingredients

  • generous 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 10-ounce bag dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Chocmeister Dark Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • cocoa powder for dusting (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by lightly spraying, and then lining with foil or parchment with longer overhanging edges so you can lift out the finished fudge for cutting.
  3. Put the nuts on a dry baking pan and toast for 15 minutes, tossing the nuts once during baking. Remove and allow to cool. Rub the nuts in a clean dishtowel to remove the skins before giving them a rough chop.
  4. Pour the condensed milk into a large microwavable bowl (or in a saucepan on the stove.) Don't bother to scrape every last bit out of the can. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes on high power, or until the milk is bubbling.
  5. Add the chocolate to the bowl (off the heat if you are doing this on the stove) and stir to melt the chocolate. Stir in the Chocmeister spread, and the extract. Reheat the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds if necessary to get everything melted and smooth.
  6. Fold in the toasted nuts.
  7. Spread the fudge in the prepared pan and even out. Refrigerate until firm. Dust the top with cocoa powder if you like, and cut into small squares.
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Luscious Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge combines two of the world's great flavors! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

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 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge capitalizes on one of the world's great flavor combos ~ this homemade fudge is sophisticated, but quick and easy, and definitely giftable ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

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36 Responses to Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

  1. Tina says:

    This looks delicious! Definitely making this as a holiday treat!

  2. Wow, these look really tasty. So tasty, I’ve now pinned it for later!

  3. My eyes are watering, this looks heartbreakingly good! Gimme this and a season of Gilmore Girls any day :D x

  4. Anything chocolate with hazelnuts is the way to my heart. This fudge is sublime!

  5. Looks so good. I need to eat more fudge haha, thanks a lot

  6. Oh yes please! I rarely make fudge because I simply would eat the whole pan and I’m not kidding :) Maybe if I make this when lots of people are around to help me eat it. Lovely.

  7. o.O I am sitting here wishing fervently I had a plate of these little tempting squares next to my tea cup. This is GORGEOUS.

  8. Adina says:

    Amazing! This would be the perfect Christmas present for my best friend, she’s all into chocolate and hazelnuts!

  9. They look heavenly! The combo of hazelnut and chocolate is just irresistible, Sue.

  10. Nancie says:

    Yum, Chocolate and hazelnuts are my two favorite things. They look so delicious! I’m definitely going to make these for the holidays.

  11. cheri says:

    Chocolate and hazelnuts are a match made in heaven, beautiful, gorgeous fudge!!!

  12. Alexis says:

    Sue,
    Absolutely to die for. Thank you so very much for this recipe, it will become a Christmas gift staple.
    I am most definitely glad I found you!!! Have never been disappointed with any recipe I’ve tried. Wishing you and yours a great holiday season.

  13. Oh thanks, now I won’t rest until I try this beautiful spread! Love the toasted hazelnuts and the rich dark chocolate – a-mazing is right!

  14. Fudge season here we come! This looks AMAZING and I know I’d have trouble eating just one. Love the idea of adding hazelnut flavor with the Chocmeister, yum!

  15. And dark chocolate is so-o-o-o-o good for you, too! No mater what you make, Sue, your photographs make everything look so enticing and delctable (but especially chocolate!)

  16. My husband is a fudge-oholic and I know he’d go crazy over this Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge!! So gorgeous and I bet it tastes even better than it looks!! Cheers!

  17. Sue this is kryptonite for me! I love me a good fudge and laced with toasted hazelnuts? Scrumptious indeed.

  18. swayam says:

    looks so good!! This is delicious..

  19. Platter Talk says:

    Dark chocolate and hazelnuts… my kind of fudge! Another holiday treat for this year. Thanks.

  20. This fudge looks so delicious!! I need to try it!

  21. Oh my, yes! Let me at that fudge!

  22. So.. I’m not big on sweets. Usually I pass them up no problem. BUT.. This. This this this. I could eat that whole plate! If I’m going to eat sugar and fat– It’s going to be CHOCOLATE! And chocolate hazelnut?!! *happy sigh*

  23. I am generally not one for fudge, but dark chocolate and hazelnuts get me every time!! This looks spectacular!

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