This pomegranate and condensed milk fudge is a slightly fruity fudge, topped with pistachios and makes a great holiday treat to give as foodie gifts. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
I have a serious chocolate addiction. My kids know this. They hide their halloween chocolate bars from me every year. But luckily, they go to school during the day! But as I get older, I have moved on from the snickers bar and into seriously good chocolate – smooth, dark chocolate for instance. And fudge. Yeah, I’m glad it’s “fudge season!”
My other obsession is all things pomegranate. My regular readers know this as I like to add pomegranate anywhere and everywhere! So this recipe I’m sharing combines my two food obsessions and it makes a decadent and dreamy pomegranate and condensed milk fudge.
Condensed milk fudge versus heavy cream fudge
There are two ways you can make fudge. The fudge purists start with heavy cream, butter and sugar. The great thing about making fudge with heavy cream is that you can control the amount of sugar you put into the fudge.
But, you can also make sweetened condensed milk fudge. Some may say that cream based fudge even tastes better. I personally love the convenience of making sweetened condensed milk. It’s simpler, cheaper and honestly, I think it tastes just as good as cream based fudge.
For this recipe for pomegranate fudge, I made it with sweetened condensed milk. Another condensed milk recipe I have on my blog is this irresistible Oreo peppermint fudge. If you want to try a cream based fudge, then try this recipe for cappuccino fudge.
How to make pomegranate condensed milk fudge
Chocolate and pomegranates compliment each other beautifully, so why not pair the two together and make a fudge? Dark chocolate and pomegranates are high antioxidants. Ahem. Stop snickering. No, I am not touting my pomegranate fudge as a health food, but this is seriously a decadent pairing.
This pomegranate fudge is easy to whip up. You add the sweetened condensed milk, butter and chocolate chips in a double boiler and slowly melt the chocolate, stirring often to keep the chocolate from burning.
Once melted, stir in your pomegranate concentrate, either homemade or store-bought. Do not use pomegranate molasses, as that has sugar added to it and a different flavor. Keep stirring until your mixture is smooth and gorgeous!
Pour everything into a prepared pan lined with foil or parchment paper and spread out smooth. Since I was using pomegranate in this condensed milk fudge, I chose to sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top. Chill the fudge until firm, about 4 hours.
Now here comes the really hard part, cut into 1-inch pieces and try NOT to eat the entire pan of pomegranate condensed milk fudge! This makes an extra special gift for friends and family, or keep the entire pan of fruity fudgey goodness for yourself. I give you permission.
Free printable pomegranate fudge label
As I mentioned earlier, this decadent pomegranate condensed milk fudge makes a delicious and unique gifts for friends and family. And it’s even better with a shot of my Pomegranate Vodka or Pomegranate Tequila. Even better, gift them together!
And speaking of gifting, I have this free printable label for the pomegranate condensed milk fudge for you. I printed on simple card stock and cut the tags out by hand. Tied it up with some pretty red and white baker’s twine and that was it!
How long will homemade fudge last?
I always chuckle to myself as I write these kinds of answers because in MY house, the desserts are gone within a day or two and way before they can even possibly go bad!! But, since we are talking about gifting this pomegranate fudge to friends and family, it’s a very legitimate question to ask.
From what I’ve gathered, homemade fudge can last on the countertop for up to one week, assuming that your house is not going through a heat wave. Just as you store your chocolate in the pantry, you can store your fudge there, too. But, I like to keep it in the refrigerator. Homemade fudge can last for up to 3 weeks if stored in the cool fridge.
But, I promise you. The pomegranate fudge will eaten a lot sooner than that!
- 2 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 TBS unsalted butter
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 lb dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped
- In a small pot bring pomegranate juice to boil, then reduce heat to low and cook until reduced to 1/3 cup.
- Place another small pot inside a larger pot filled partially with water to make a double boiler. In the top pot, add butter, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips.
- Heat the pot over low heat to gently melt the chocolate, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
- When the chocolate is completely melted, thick and smooth, stir in the pomegranate concentrate.
- Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil and lightly grease the foil.
- Pour chocolate mixture into the prepared baking dish, gently tapping the dish to smooth out the fudge surface and to remove air bubbles.
- Sprinkle the top with chopped pistachios.
- Refrigerate fudge for at least 4 hours to set.
- Lift the foil containing the fudge out of the pan and cut fudge into 1-inch pieces or desired other size.
- 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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Serving Size:1 piece of fudge
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 36mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 21g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g