Easy Chocolate and Coffee Fudge with Vanilla Salt

December 19, 2011

I love this fudge, I truly do. This has been my go-to recipe for years and years ever since I found it in one of mother’s old magazines and I don’t know how I ever lived without it before. You see, I’ve always found store bought fudge too sweet to the point where my teeth felt like it wanted to explode through the roof of my mouth and impale my brain.

Which is why I’ve always preferred making it from scratch, even though fishing out my candy thermometer to caramelise the sugar properly was always a bit of a pain. Using condensed milk erases that tedium and you’ll always end up with a smooth fudge that’s not too sweet. In fact it’s very hard to bugger this fudge up I promise you, even if you’re the type who gets scared by cooking sugar (provided you follow the instructions of course). Just add the ingredients, stir until thickened and done!

You could change this fudge up in so many different ways so let your imagination run wild. Want some hints? Change up the dried fruit and nuts or omit it altogether. Dark chocolate, milk or white, flavoured chocolate… your choice! Add spices, citrus zest or ambrosial flavours such as rosewater or orange blossom water. And who could forget, BOOZE (but not too much otherwise the fudge will set too soft).

Here I went with a classic but a goody: chocolate, coffee, dried cranberries and flaked almonds. And for an extra touch and because I’m currently obsessed with using it in everything, vanilla salt.

Easy Chocolate and Coffee Fudge with Vanilla Salt
  1. 1 x 395g tin of condensed milk
  2. 80g unsalted butter
  3. 200g light brown sugar
  4. 1.5 tsp vanilla salt (recipe below)
  5. 1 shot of espresso (or 1 Tbl of instant coffee granules)
  6. 2 Tbl golden syrup
  7. 180g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  8. 1 cup of dried fruits / chopped nuts of your choice (I used 2/3 dried cranberries and 1/3 flaked almonds)
Vanilla Salt
  1. 1 vanilla bean, halved, seeds scraped
  2. 1/2 cup of Maldon sea salt flakes
  1. Grease and line a 20 x 15cm square tin with baking paper (with enough to hang over the sides).
  2. Add condensed milk, butter, sugar, salt, coffee and golden syrup to a heavy-based saucepan. Stir continuously over low heat for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is glossy and the sugar has dissolved (but do not let it boil whatsoever).
  3. Increase the heat slightly and bring to a simmer (and don’t stop stirring. There’s gonna be a lot of that involved here so get out your best stirring spoon).
  4. Cook for about 6-8 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and it ‘comes away from the sides’. Fudge is ready when a teaspoon of mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water.
  5. Remove from heat and working quickly, add in the finely chopped chocolate, cranberries and nuts, stir until chocolate has melted then spoon into the tin (work fast otherwise the mixture might seize. Not that it’s the end of the world because it’ll still be delicious).
  6. Smooth the top and let cool for 30 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge until firm. Use the baking paper to lift the fudge out of the tin then cut into your desired portions. Store fudge in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Vanilla Salt
  1. Place salt in a shallow dish and add the vanilla seeds. Using your fingers, rub the seeds into the sea salt flakes, making sure it’s evenly distribute.
  2. Inhale your fingers and linger in the delicious scent.
  3. Store salt in an airtight glass jar with the seeded vanilla pod. As you need it, top up with more fresh sea salt flakes and give the jar a good shake to infuse it with the vanilla pod.
  4. Use it in desserts in place of regular salt or sprinkle it over candies, chewy caramels (my fave), brownies, cakes, tarts – you get the picture!
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

Finally, just in case you’re not sure what the fudge looks like when it’s ready, check out this riveting video below (i.e. me trying to stir with one hand and trying not to drop my camera in the other). It’s 30 seconds of awesomeness.

And what the heck is playing on the tv in the background? 

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

TONY July 21, 2015 at 21:50



Sydney December 23, 2014 at 04:31

This definitely just made a thick goo. Not fudge at all. I have always made fudge the traditional way, sugar butter and a candy thermometer, and had success. despite Following the instructions to a tee, this literally became goo cooling in my fridge. What a waste of ingredients! Would not recommend to anyone.


Citrus and Candy December 23, 2014 at 14:21

Umm I (and many others) have never had a problem with the recipe. Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you.


Decaf K Cup Reviews July 26, 2014 at 18:18

whoa, thanks so much for posting this! It is going to help when I get Coffee at the store! Awe Inspiring!


Marcia June 28, 2013 at 08:34

This fudge looks to die for. Quick question. What is golden syrup?

thx, Marcia


Citrus and Candy June 28, 2013 at 22:55

Hi Marcia, golden syrup is like a pale treacle, similar in consistency to maple syrup or honey but with a slightly more smokey molasses-like taste. You could use maple or honey in its place but bear in mind that they do differ in flavour (though in this recipe, 2 tablespoon’s worth isn’t too noticeable of a difference). Similarly in this recipe, you could substitute with corn syrup or glucose syrup :)

Hope this helps!


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Kayla December 12, 2012 at 07:42

I’m going to make this for a cookie swap this week. Just to be totally sure, the recipe calls for condensed milk/evaporated milk, not SWEETENED condensed milk, correct? Thanks!


Citrus and Candy December 12, 2012 at 12:40

Hi Kayla, sorry I do mean sweetened condensed milk and NOT evaporated milk :)


Ilse April 18, 2012 at 23:46

Thank you for this lovely recipe. i will make these for my friends and collegues on friday for my birthday. I will surprise them with great sweets – glutenfree :-)


Anita March 12, 2012 at 03:34

looks delicious, I am just wondering what golden syrup is.


Citrus and Candy March 12, 2012 at 14:06

Hi Anita, it’s just another sweet syrup like honey or maple syrup (but to me, it tastes better in baked goods).


Jessie March 10, 2012 at 22:49

This looks divine…but I had to laugh at how you never said a word in your 30 second awesome video!! lol..and your background tv show did sound rather …interesting!! kids program?? haha..thanks for sharing..i really must try this soon!!


Jane Lee (@butteredupJL) February 22, 2012 at 14:01

AHHH!!! This looks too die for!! Now I have more things to add to my neverending list of Things to Make and Blog Right Now


Jenny February 11, 2012 at 16:57

Awesome recipe. Looks like it would be delicious :) Thanks so much for sharing.



Shannon | Just As Delish January 12, 2012 at 21:14

oh my.. got to make this too! i love all your recipes, simple and achievable.. my kind of recipe. Is there a substitution for vanilla salt? haven’t seen vanilla pod sold here in kl, or even if there is should be very expensive..


Citrus and Candy January 13, 2012 at 00:58

Hi Shannon, you can skip the salt if you wish or just substitute with regular salt and a dash of vanilla extract. Cheers!


The Food Hunter January 6, 2012 at 08:57

Love the flavor of this fudge


Elizabeth December 28, 2011 at 19:18

I LOVE fudge!!


Nicole December 22, 2011 at 14:26

Looks so delicious, and so does the coffee.


Rhonda (the dainty baker) December 21, 2011 at 09:23

Ive never really liked fudge but urs looks damn mouth watering! It looks really rich and full! Nice work!


Sara (Belly Rumbles) December 20, 2011 at 22:08

Fudge looks great, but I am stuck on the vanilla salt. How awesome.


dayle December 20, 2011 at 20:59

WOW that fudge looks incredibly delicious. Great…love the vanilla infused salt too. Dayle


Nic@diningwithastud December 20, 2011 at 10:00

Your photos are stunning. What a great gift :) well done on your vid ;)


julia { see you in the morning } December 20, 2011 at 08:56



Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul December 20, 2011 at 08:34

I adore fudge…and this looks mighty decadent! Nice one Karen!


Tina @ bitemeshowme December 20, 2011 at 08:21

Your fudge looks to die for. Can’t believe it’s that simple. And I still get blown away by your photography. Friggen loves it!


Hotly Spiced December 19, 2011 at 22:09

I love fudge and this is the perfect time of year to indulge in this sweet treat. I’ve never heard of vanilla salt before – vanilla sugar yes, but not vanilla salt. I must give this a try.


sugarpuffi December 19, 2011 at 16:20

i love fudge and yours look crazily good! and vanilla salt! zomg! im speechless


Lisa December 19, 2011 at 13:27

This fudge looks totally delicious! I’ve never been a fan of store-bought fudge either, it’s way too sweet even for my sweet tooth. And that vanilla salt sounds amazing. I can imagine how awesome it would be in all kinds of desserts!


Steph December 19, 2011 at 13:16

I LOVE the idea of vanilla salt. I really have to try that. Perfect, perfect photos as per usual :) if this choc fudge is anything like the ones you made for linda’s party then I love them!


Food Wine Sleep December 19, 2011 at 12:48

Your photos make the fudge look absolutely gorgeous..you have inspired me to give this recipe a go for Xmas!!


leaf (the indolent cook) December 19, 2011 at 09:44

Your fudge looks so beautifully smooth and rich. Makes me want to make my own too!


renee December 19, 2011 at 09:22

My Mom was going on and on about finding a good fudge recipe. Done! I’ll for sure pass this along to her…excellent video :)


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