Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Orange Chocolate Fudge

When designing my second Halloween dessert, the concept of something orange just flew into my mind, as orange is a very Halloweeny colour: whether it's the imagery of stripy witch's tights, or a crispy fallen leaf, orange - along with green, purple, black, and grey - rank highly in my mind when it comes of Halloween colour associations.

Another inspiration that came to me was the idea of celebratory food. Halloween is Celtic new year's eve, and all the traditional celebrations we have as part of Halloween stem from ancient Irish new year's eve customs. Traditionally, a lot of nice food, beer and mead would be consumed as part of the festivities. Nowadays, celebration food looks very different to how it did in pre-Christian Ireland, but the vibe is still there.

To me, Halloween is all about sweeties, chocolate and autumn fruits and nuts, so I thought I'd design a sweetie worthy of any trick or treat bucket: Orange Chocolate Fudge.

There is no finer combination in the world than orange and chocolate: it's just a match made in heaven. The warmth of the orange oil lends itself as a perfect match for the dark earthy quality of chocolate, and when both are wrapped up in fat and sugar what's not to like?

☑ Soya (check for soya lecithin)
☑ Gluten
☑ Wheat
☑ Nuts
☑ Eggs

☒ Dairy
☒ Cocoa
☒ Refined sugar products


For the orange chocolate layer:
  • 8 ounces (225 grammes) condesned milk
  • 8 ounces (225 grammes) light brown sugar
  • 4 ounces (115 grammes) butter
  • 2 fluid ounce (60 millilitres) milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5 millilitres) vanilla or other essence
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, depending on how dark you want it
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Pinch of salt

For the coloured topping layer:
  • 3 ounces (85 grammes) condensed milk
  • 3½ ounces (100 grammes) white chocolate
  • Pinch of salt
  • Orange food colouring

THIS TIME LAST YEAR: Wheat Free Ice Cream Cones


  1. I saw your comment over on Food Wishes. I loved your name, so I had to check your blog out. I'm now following you. I have friends who are gluten free and I'm always looking for tasty treats to serve them.

  2. I just pinned this to my gluten free board. I wish there was a pretty picture to go with this great sounding fudge so it would "show off" on my board. Just a suggestion.

    1. Thanks very much for your comments, Roz! Yes, I'm currently in the process of making a Pinterest board for my Blog for people to pin my recipes. Somebody suggested it to me there recently. Thanks so much for following ^_^


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