Admittedly, I have a slightly unhealthy addiction to chocolate. I just love everything about it. It’s something I can safely say I’ve always loved, and always will. One of my favourite childhood chocolate treats was fudge. Asides from the chocolate kind, I did also have another favourite flavour – cherry bakewell fudge. I honestly have no words to describe it, it was one of the best foods I’ve ever tasted. However, I’m yet to come up with my own recipe for that – even though I’m sure that one day I will. So, asides from cherry flavoured fudge, I was determined to make my own version of my favourite chocolate kind. I always found that it’s the softer, stickier fudge that tastes better, so that’s what I set out to achieve with this. To me, fudge is all about that rich, buttery taste that melts in your mouth. There’s simply nothing better.
With this recipe, I’ve recreated a traditional take on classic chocolate fudge, and made it into my own rich and indulgent treat. You can use either coconut oil or coconut butter with this. I personally prefer to use coconut butter. If you use coconut oil, the fudge will have a fairly strong coconut flavour, so if you want to enjoy the taste of chocolate alone, then use coconut butter. I know it can be quite tricky to get hold of coconut butter, so don’t worry if you can’t find any – this fudge still tastes delicious with coconut oil! I recommend leaving this fudge to set for at least 4-5 hours, so that it’s easy to cut and slice. I’ve found that it’s at its best the next day, when it’s fully set and has a firmer texture that really melts in your mouth with every bite. Heaven. Enjoy!
makes about 10 squares
3/4 cup (165g) dates
3/4 cup (185ml) boiled water
1/2 cup (90g) extra virgin coconut oil – I used Coconut Merchant
3/4 cup + 1tbsp (90g) cocoa powder
1/2 tsp truvia stevia sweetener
salt and vanilla, to taste
1. Firstly, roughly chop your dates into small pieces. Then, add them into a food processor with the still hot, boiled water and coconut oil/butter. Blend until as smooth as you can get it.
2. Then, add in your cocoa powder, stevia, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. When this is done, scoop the mixture into a small cake tin with a removable base. Using a spoon, spread the top of the mixture smooth. Move the fudge into the fridge and leave to set for at least 4 hours – if you can wait, it’s best left overnight. When the fudge has set, remove from the fridge, slice and serve.