Best German Chocolate Fudge

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If German chocolate cake is your favorite dessert, this German chocolate fudge recipe won’t be any different. This fudge combines semi-sweet and milk chocolate into a fudgy consistency, and then it gets topped with a nutty combination of pecans and coconut. This recipe for fudge candy truly mimics the best tastes of German chocolate cake, from its rich chocolate flavor to the crunchy texture of nuts.

For those unfamiliar with the classic German chocolate cake recipe, it is traditionally a layered chocolate cake with german chocolate frosting spread in between the layers. The recipe for german chocolate frosting is different from buttercreams or cream cheese frostings that you might see on a cake. Instead of being a velvety mixture of butter and icing sugar, German chocolate frosting is a textured mixture of evaporated milk, eggs, coconut, and pecans. This mixture is combined on the stove to cook out the eggs before spreading onto the cake. The standard directions for preparing German chocolate icing is followed in this fudge recipe making the fudge a true imitation of the cake version. For those who don’t enjoy pecans or simply don’t have any in their pantry, walnuts are an excellent substitute. Although this icing recipe doesn’t toast the coconut or pecans, toasting them will give your fudge the best flavor it can have. You can toast the pecans and coconut on the stove or in the oven but toast them separately since they may not require the same amount of time. Simply heat a dry skillet on the stove and toast the nuts until golden and fragrant. Alternatively, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven. You will have to keep a watchful eye on the nuts, so they don’t burn, but the extra taste you will achieve in your fudge recipe will make this process worthwhile.

Despite Germany’s renowned baking, German chocolate cake is not a German invention; rather it was named after the American who developed a type of baker’s chocolate for the Baker’s Chocolate Company, by the name of Samuel German. As with modern-day food production companies, the German chocolate cake was likely developed to help sell Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, which was the variety of chocolate Samuel German developed. Today, German chocolate cake is a favorite dessert for many, to the point that it can be seen in the form of brownies, ice cream, and even this confection recipe.

If candy making isn’t your thing, rest assured that this chocolate fudge recipe is easy, because it doesn’t require a candy thermometer. Rather, the mixture is simply beaten together and spread into a pan until set. In this case, the large proportion of chocolate is enough to set the fudge without looking for a specific candy temperature. Although this fudge calls for a semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate, you can use whatever chocolate you like. Semi-sweet and milk are a good pairing because they balance each other out, but you could use all semi-sweet or dark chocolate for a richer taste or even try it with white chocolate. Thank you to Emily, the author of Fav Family Recipes recipe blog, for sharing her German chocolate fudge recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Best German Chocolate Fudge From Family Favorite Recipes
Ingredients: Sugar, butter, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, egg yolks, vanilla, flaked coconut, pecans.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 117 One-inch square servings. * Per Serving:Calories 106, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 5.6g 9%, Saturated Fat 3.3g 17%, Cholesterol 14mg 5%, Sodium 27mg 1%, Potassium 46mg 1%, Carbohydrates 13.7g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 13.0g, Protein 1.0g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 3%, Iron 2%

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