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Most fudge recipes call for Semi-Sweet morsels, but is there going to be something wrong with the fudge if I use Milk Chocolate morsels instead??  Does anybody know why the recipes call for Semi-
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Semi Sweet or Milk Chocolate for fudge, is there a difference??

posted at 11/29/2010 11:14 PM EST
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Most fudge recipes call for Semi-Sweet morsels, but is there going to be something wrong with the fudge if I use Milk Chocolate morsels instead?? 
Does anybody know why the recipes call for Semi-Sweet?
Thanks all.

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posted at 11/30/2010 4:59 AM EST
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Hi Korie ... I'm no expert but I am confident that you can use semi-sweet or milk chocolate in your fudge recipe. 
My fudge recipe calls for 3 small bags of semi-sweet and I use just two plus one milk chocolate.

"Does anybody know why the recipes call for Semi-Sweet?"  is a good question -- I sure don't know.  Maybe it's just like cookie recipes calling for semi-sweet ..... just a short time ago semi-sweet was the only chip flavor around.

Which fudge recipe do you use?

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posted at 11/30/2010 5:06 AM EST
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When I make fudge, I use one package of Nestles Semi-Sweet Chocolate and one package of Nestles Butterscotch Chocolate.  I like the combining flavors.

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posted at 11/30/2010 7:37 AM EST
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For chocolate fudge it doesn't matter what chocolate you use I use Dark chocolate but any kind will do. chips ,bars,or mix a couple together

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posted at 11/30/2010 4:45 PM EST
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I think the milk chocolate chips will give you a much sweeter fudge than the semi sweet.  I think if you did not like the semi sweet a mixture would be good.  But I think almost any flavor chip would work.

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posted at 11/30/2010 8:30 PM EST
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I think you would need to adjust the amount of sugar that is used in the recipe as milk chocolate is much sweeter than the semi sweet chocolate.  Also if you use marshmallow cream in the recipe that also adds sweetness.

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posted at 1/1/2011 11:27 AM EST
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This year I used the semi-sweet, but I also had some white chocolate morsels.  I made a batch using the white and it was delicious, but very rich.  I am going to try to find some semi-sweet white for the next effort.

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posted at 1/1/2011 11:44 PM EST
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Most fudge recipes call for Semi-Sweet morsels, but is there going to be something wrong with the fudge if I use Milk Chocolate morsels instead??  Does anybody know why the recipes call for Semi-Sweet? Thanks all.
Posted by Korie C


There is an interesting article at http://www.healthcastle.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=110 about the difference in chocolates that you might like.

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posted at 1/2/2011 5:24 AM EST
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The first time I make a recipe I follow it exactly.  But from then on I do my own thing.  When I make fudge I use milk chocolate morsels and butterscotch morsels.  I love the flavor combinations!

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posted at 1/4/2011 3:12 PM EST
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When I am making "regular" fudge I like a semi sweet or the special dark.   The big question always is Nuts or No Nuts.   Because "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes ya don't" 
I have a recipe for a "Trail Mix White Fudge" that calls for white chips.  I usually find the white fudge overly sweet but this recipe has dried apricots, pistachios, crystallized ginger so it does not come off as real sweet.  Rich though because there is just enough of the white chocolate to hold the dried fruits and nuts together.

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posted at 1/4/2011 5:47 PM EST
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hmmmm ........................dried apricots, pistachios, crystallized ginger  in white chocolate !!
Nikki -- I just got home from a big trip grocery shopping.  Why, oh why didn't you tell me I needed dried apricots before now? Wink


hee hee -- I do have lots and lots of crystalized ginger.  What a cupboard I have.

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posted at 1/4/2011 8:14 PM EST
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Wow I need to try adding dried apricots pistachios and crystallized ginger. Yummy

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posted at 1/4/2011 8:26 PM EST
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Ok, here is the prettiest fudge you have seen.  Will be perfect for Valentines day.
Trail Mix Fudge
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
1/2 Cup dried apricots, diced
1/2 Cup roasted pistachios, chopped
1/2 Cup crystallized ginger, diced
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 Cup sugar
1 can, 5 ounces evaporated milk
8 ounces white chocolate chips
1 1/2 Cup mini marshmallows
Place cranberries, apricots, nuts and ginger in a medium bowl, set aside
In a saucepan bring sugar, evaporated milk and salt to a boil over medium heat.  Stir constantly.  Simmer stirring constantly until mixture thickens and turns a caramel color, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat stir in marshmallows and white chips.  Stir vigorously until marshmallows are melted.  Pour into bowl with fruit and nuts.  Mix until completely combined.  Press into pan and chill until firm.  About 2 hours. 
There is just enough chocolate mixture to hold the fruit and nuts together.  Very pretty when cut.

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posted at 1/4/2011 8:41 PM EST
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OK OK OK -- another trip to WalMart tomorrow ...... I'll buy dried apricots (I already have a couple cans of apricots)

I'm not a fan of cranberries and I do have lots of dried strawberries .... think I'll make that switch.

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posted at 1/5/2011 11:28 AM EST
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OK OK OK -- another trip to WalMart tomorrow ...... I'll buy dried apricots (I already have a couple cans of apricots) I'm not a fan of cranberries and I do have lots of dried strawberries .... think I'll make that switch.
Posted by Nancy G


Dried cherries would work as well.  As long as the texture of the dried strawberries is the same as a dried cranberry (raisin like) it should work. I think the dried cherries would be wonderful, I may even try that myself next time I make it.   If you have candied ones from holiday baking that might be a good alternative but the fudge will be a bit sweeter because of the added sugar in the candied cherries. 
Don't think if the strawberries are freeze dried it would work, I think they would crumble while mixing in with the other ingredients.
The flavor of the dried cranberry is not overpowering in this fudge, there is a lot of potential sweetness from the white chocolate chips so the bit of tart from the cranberries is nice.  By the way the ginger is not overpowering either even with the 1/2 Cup so don't skimp on it.

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posted at 1/5/2011 1:26 PM EST
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I've never even touched, much less tasted,  a dried cranberry .... maybe this is the time for me to get brave.
LOL - me brave? lol
I think I will, I think I will.

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posted at 1/6/2011 7:56 AM EST
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Hey Nikki -- I did it!  I actually did it ....Last night I made that trail mix.
I bought a bag of mixed dried fruit - cranberries, blueberries and cherries.  I added a handful of my dried strawberries .... Everything else was exactly according to your recipe.
Your PERFECT recipe.
Oh what good stuff I had to cut into pieces this morning.   I sliced  the 8" pan into 4 pieces each direction, then cut those into diagonals.
It's so pretty and it's so delicious. 
I can't get over this ..... I've never like a cranberry or blueberry and these are GOOD.
Thank you!!

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posted at 1/6/2011 8:16 AM EST
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I guess there wouldn't be a difference except maybe in the flavor of the fudge. Experiment, it's all good!!!!

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posted at 1/6/2011 8:48 AM EST
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The dried fruit mix is perfect.  I like the addition of the blueberries.  Another "antioxidant" for good health.  One more "health food" to add to my list.
And was I right about the ginger not being over powering even though it is a half cup?

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posted at 1/6/2011 8:52 AM EST
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By the way Nancy you will find all sorts of cookies and cakes that you will add dried cranberries to.  Try them in an Oatmeal cookie, they are great added to a pumpkin bread, I love adding them to apple crisp. 
Go ahead and "play" with your food, it's fun!
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