Meeting My Nemesis & Pomegranate Fudge

Fudge is a great holiday treat to give as foodie gifts. This pomegranate fudge is a slightly fruity fudge, topped with pistachios.


This week I have been frantically getting some much needed holiday shopping done. One of my favorite spots to get a quick and healthy lunch is Rubio’s. For non-Californians, Rubio’s offers fresh Mexican food inspired by Baja California, that strip of Mexico you see dangling in the ocean. No Rubio’s isn’t paying me to write about them. I love their food and especially, their Fiesta Salad. It’s not on the menu any more, but I still order it. The folks at my neighborhood Rubio’s know me. I’m the only that still orders this salad. Yes, I’m THAT special.

So, back to my story.


I was grabbing some lunch at Rubio’s when I saw a mom with her 4-month old baby in her arms. She was ordering lunch, too. Her baby was tagging along for the ride.

This way-too-skinny-mom (did she really give birth to that child?) was dressed in jeggings and gorgeous leather riding boots (the ones that go up to your knees). She was too clean to have been horse-back riding this particular day.

Her shirt was ironed and tucked in neatly, and a lovely sweater graced her shoulders. Her dusty blonde hair was brushed and styled perfectly straight, with no fly-aways to be found. And her make-up was neatly done, just the right amount for day time activities.

I observed her because she was ordering in front of me and I was oh-so-patiently waiting my turn. As I was taking stock of her neat appearance, remember she accessorized herself perfectly with an equally neat and beautifully dressed baby, I noted my own lovely appearance.

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I was dressed in velour sweat pants and a two-day worn t-shirt. Heh, it wasn’t smelly.

My I-don’t-know-how-old sneakers graced my wide, flat feet. No sweater for me this cold and windy day. I wore a sweatshirt!

And my hair? The brown curly head of mine was frizzing out because of the incredibly dry and arid San Diego weather. No amount of frizz-ease would tame my mane! Plus, the wind had blown my long hair into a ball of knots that I knew would take hours to brush out in the shower.

Make up? What make up? I hate wearing make up. Who has time to put on make up when you are getting three kids ready for school?

I tried to use my super powers to spill some salsa on this perfectly dressed woman, but she must have sensed this and blocked me with her perfect aura.

Damn! Foiled again!

My nemesis needs to eat some of this Pomegranate Fudge. Maybe like the whole pan. I bet she couldn’t fight off the fudge and I know I would feel better if I saw a chocolate mustache on her face.

Pomegranate Fudge

This easy fudge recipe is infused with the flavor of pomegranates, offering a slightly fruity fudge. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 lb chocolate chips, dark
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, shelled & chopped


  1. In a small pot bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and cook until reduced to 1/3 cup:
    • 2 cup pomegranate juice
  2. Place another small pot inside a larger pot filled partially with water to make a double boiler. In the top pot, add:
    • 2 TBS butter, unsalted
    • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 lb chocolate chips, dark
  3. Heat the pot over low heat to gently melt the chocolate, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. When the chocolate is completely melted, thick and smooth, stir in the pomegranate concentrate.
  5. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil and lightly grease the foil.
  6. Pour chocolate mixture into the prepared baking dish, gently tapping the dish to smooth out the fudge surface and to remove air bubbles.
  7. Sprinkle the top with:
    • 1/4 cup pistachios , shelled & chopped
  8. Refrigerate fudge for at least 4 hours to set.
  9. Lift the foil containing the fudge out of the pan and cut fudge into 1-inch pieces or desired other size.
  10. Dip your knife into a glass filled with hot water between slices if it is starting to stick to the fudge.

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Yield: 27 servings

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Pomegranate Fudge Detail

This recipe is easy to whip up. The tricky part is to heat your chocolate slowly and stir it constantly. I used pomegranate concentrate to give it a little fruitiness. Don’t tell my friends. They are getting some for Christmas. And it’s even better with a shot of my Pomegranate Vodka!

Pomegranate Fudge

They know how to dress when you are running errands.

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5 Responses to Meeting My Nemesis & Pomegranate Fudge

  1. Laura, you always make me smile. I want you to know that if you were behind me at a Rubio's you would be sensing that I was a kindred spirit because I'd be wearing not-quite-fashionably ripped jeans, an old sweatshirt and no makeup. And I'd probably have at least one kid tugging on my arm.
    Anyway, let me just put in a plug for this fudge – It was so good that I let everyone in my family have a teeny taste and then I hid the rest for myself. It is THAT good. Let the rest of them have their sugar cookies, their brownies…I'll stick with the pomegranate fudge, thanks.
    Have a great holiday!

  2. that was a funny read and yup I agree who has the time to do make-up n stuff when you have kids running wild ! the pomegranate fudge has stolen my heart -yup ;

  3. Hi Laura,
    Your story is so cute and funny 🙂 The moms in Europe sound similar to the woman you described. I always say that when I have a baby I want to be like them. But the reality I'm sure will be much worse, hehe. Really it is up to everyone how they feel comfortable going out in public. Besides maybe she has a nanny and a maid ? Lol
    Your fudge looks and sounds much better than cookies to me. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  4. I dont have kids and I still dont have the time to put myself together like that when Im running errands! Ack!
    This fudge looks amazing! I tried making fudge once and failed at it miserably. Maybe I will have to try yours. I am a sucker for anything pomegranate.

  5. Chloe at #

    Hi Laura! I bookmarked your site months ago and only today am I making the time to fully enjoy it as my husband, teenage sons, and dad are roughing it on an all-guys camping trip =) I get a sense of who you are as you have described yourself and I would conclude that those blessed enough to call you family and/or friend are blessed enough! Anyway… I would like to make your Pomegranate Fudge–yummy!! However [#1], I have read and reread the post and recipe page, but I cannot find the amount of chocolate chips that you used. I would assume it is my oversight as others have made it and commented but I just cannot seem to located it. Also [#2], would the recipe work just as well if I used commercially available pomegranate concentrate? Your help would be oh so appreciated! Warm regards!

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