Chocolate Indulgence from Fudge Kitchen – Review and Giveaway #37
Just in time for Chocolate Week, which starts this Monday, 14 October, Fudge Kitchen have launched a gourmet fudge collection of nine chocolate miniatures – Chocolate Indulgence. The company have been making their specialist whipping cream fudge for the last 30 years using an old American recipe from the 1830s. Handmade on traditional marble slabs, the fudge is also hand decorated for individual effect. I generally find fudge too sweet these days, but I wasn’t going to turn down the offer of trying some when I got the chance.
Devilishly different, according to Fudge Kitchen, I was keen to see how it compared to some of our own Cornish fudge. The fudge squares were attractively presented in their own box with a key to which one of the nine flavours was which. All made with whipping cream, butter, golden syrup and chocolate of course, Fudge Kitchen, use no artificial additives in their products and indeed there was nothing on the list of ingredients to cause me to frown. The pieces were large, so I shared them with CT, although the sharing fairy may not have approved of my somewhat irregular divisiion of the spoils. The fudge was of the fudgy variety rather than crumbly and was very dense. I enjoyed all of them, but as predicted, I found them to be a little too sweet, although some more so than others. I think the flavours would have come through better if less sugar was involved as too much sugar tends to overwhelm my palate. They were all very rich, so are probably best enjoyed a little bit at a time, which is how it should be really.
Dark Chocolate and Pistachio – rich and sweet with overtones of molasses, this was very nice, but I couldn’t detect any pistachio flavour. CT thought the flavour more akin to liquorice.
Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt – one of my favourite combinations, so I was particularly looking forward to this one. It smelt wonderful, sweet and richly chocolatey at the same time. There was a definite taste of the salty sea which I liked, although when it comes to salt, less is more. It was less sweet than the pistachio and CT noticed a slightly drying effect on the palate, which you often get with dark chocolate.
White Chocolate and Raspberry – this is a classic combination and worked very well in the fudge, I thought. The raspberry flavour was refreshing and maybe because of this it wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting it to be. In fact it was quite delicious and turned out to be my favourite.
Belgian Chocolate Swirl – tasted more like vanilla fudge than chocolate to me. Nice, but lacking in any particular distinctive characteristics.
Chocolate Fruit & Nuts – rich and nutty with raisins and walnuts creating a chewy texture giving it additional interest. CT likened it to Christmas cake.
Hazelnut Heaven – a fudgy praline with a nice flavour and smooth texture, but rather too sweet for me. CT enjoyed the way the flavour persisted on his palate.
Double Trouble Chocolate – tasted like milk chocolate and reminded me a little of a chocolate version of the Indian sweet barfi.
Chilli Chocolate – the chilli worked really well with the chocolate fudge allowing the flavour as well as the heat to slowly develop. This was my favourite after the raspberry. It was really quite hot, but this helped to punch through its sweetness.
Rich Chocolate Classic – as its title suggested, this one was very rich and tasted the most chocolatey of all; because of this it was a little less sweet.