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5 from 2 votes

Cheat's chocolate orange fudge

This cheat's chocolate orange fudge is silky and smooth. It is cooked in a microwave in just a few minutes. No thermomter needed!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: candy, Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: easy, Edible Gift, microwave
Servings: 60 pieces
Author: Angela Entwistle

Equipment

  • microwave safe container with lid at least 1.5L (2 ½ pts) capacity
  • 20cm (8in) square cake tin
  • baking parchment
  • cling film

Ingredients

  • 395 g (14oz) tin condensed milk
  • 200 g (7oz) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 200 g (7oz) milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 60 g (2½oz) butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ tsp orange extract

Instructions

  • Lightly grease and line a 20cm (8in) square shallow cake tin.
  • Pour 395g (14oz) tin condensed milk into in the microwavable container. Then add 200g (7oz) chopped dark chocolate, 200g (7oz) chopped milk chocolate, and 60g (2½ oz) diced butter, to the container (do not stir).
  • Place the lid onto the container and cook in the microwave on full power for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir.
  • Return the container covered to the microwave and cook for a further minute. Stir again then repeat twice more, so that the fudge has had 4 minutes in the microwave.
  • Now repeat stirring well after every 30 seconds. For another 1-2 minutes until the mixture is starting to bubble around the edges of the container.
  • Then cook the fudge in the microwave for two more 30 second periods, stirring well between each.
  • Remove the container from the microwave and stir well. You will notice a thin layer of melted butter on the surface of the fudge. Set aside for 5 – 10 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Once the fudge mixture has cooled slightly, add ½ tsp orange extract. Stir it in thoroughly. The mixture should be thick and silky at this stage, and the melted butter should be incorporated following the thorough mixing.
  • Carefully pour the fudge into the tin (remember, it will still be very hot). Use the back of a metal spoon to coax it into the corners and level the top. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cool enough, cover with cling film and place into the fridge place into the fridge for a couple of hours, or over night, to firm up. Remove from the fridge and use a sharp knife to slice into pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Cook's Tips
  • Avoid using plastic containers to make the fudge as they can not take the high temperature that the fudge reaches.
  • Remember the fudge is very hot once it has been in the microwave for a few minutes so avoid licking the spoon!
  • Due to the different powers of microwaves, some will take longer than others to reach the ‘bubble stage’. Ours took 6 minutes.
  • During the last two 30, second cooking periods be aware that the fudge will rise and may risk knocking off the lid. Be vigilant, and if it looks as though the lid may become displaced stop the microwave immediately, remove the container, stir the mixture thoroughly and then return it with the lid for the remaining cooking time.
Store
Store the fudge in an airtight container. It will be good for 1-2 weeks at room temperature but will last for up to 3 weeks if stored in the fridge. For the best flavour remove it from the fridge about one hour before sharing.