Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Hot chocolate fudge swirled with caramel fudge and topped with mini marshmallows

Procrastination is something that I have become very good at.

Last month Aimee (from Shugary Sweets) and I decided to share a caramel hot chocolate treat with you on the same day in late January.  So, I have actually had this caramel hot chocolate fudge made and sitting on my computer since the beginning of December.  You would think that with that much time I would have the pictures edited and in a draft just waiting to post.  Of course not!  That would be too much planning ahead for me.  Last night I sat down and edited the pictures, and that’s where I stopped.  I mean I had all Sunday afternoon to finish it ;-)

So this morning I got up and went to uploaded the pictures into my draft before church, and it wasn’t working.  The internet was down!  I tried again after church and still nothing.  So here I am at Starbucks with my handy little laptop that my husband got me for Christmas and  a USB drive.  Thank goodness for free wifi, so I can still post on time.

I would like to think this will teach me to plan ahead a little better….but I know myself, and I know that I will probably still wait until the last possible minute again.

Hot chocolate fudge swirled with caramel fudge and topped with mini marshmallows

One thing that I love about the winter is all the hot chocolate.  Of course we drink iced hot chocolate during the summer, so it isn’t much of a change.   We buy a big container of hot chocolate mix because our kids go through it way too fast to buy those little boxes with 10 packets in them.    Although the big container encourages them to use big scoops of the mix, so I don’t know if we are really saving anything.

Hot chocolate fudge swirled with caramel fudge and topped with mini marshmallows

So, when I saw the big container sitting in the cupboard, I knew that I wanted to make a whole bunch of yummy hot chocolate flavored treats for you.  I hope you are prepared for lots of hot chocolate goodness.  Haha!  That sounds like I have so many things to share…in reality it is just 4 recipes.  I was going to share them all in one week, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that.  Maybe I will space them out.  I guess you will just have to come back every day to see what I decide to do.  I actually have 2 real food items I want to share too…decisions, decisions.  #lifeofablogger

This fudge looks really complicated with all the swirls but it is so easy to make.  The easiest thing to do is start with the hot chocolate layer.  Once that is all melted and creamy, you turn the heat on low so it doesn’t set up in the pan.  Get another pan out and get the caramel layer started.  After you have both layers all ready, you can start swirling.  I like to line my pan with parchment paper.  The paper lifts right out of the pan and peels off so easily.  I tried wax paper one time.  Not a good idea to pour hot fudge onto a wax paper!  I had to get creative and use a blow dryer to melt the bottom of the fudge just enough to peel off the wax paper.  Just an FYI for you to remember.

Start by pouring half of the hot chocolate fudge into the pan.  Drop half of the caramel fudge by spoonfuls onto the top of the hot chocolate layer.  Take a knife and gently swirl the caramel fudge through.  Don’t swirl too much or you will start to loose your colors.  I think the contrast of this fudge makes it so pretty!!!   Repeat the layers and swirling with the rest of the fudge.

Hot chocolate fudge swirled with caramel fudge and topped with mini marshmallows

Now this is where you have to have patience.  Place the dish in the refrigerator and wait a few hours.  I know…this is tough.  I like to make the fudge up late at night, so it can set up overnight.  Then when I get up the next morning I can pull the pan out of the refrigerator first thing.  This gives it time to come to room temperature while I am getting ready for the day.  This fudge is easier to cut if you let it come to room temperature.  I run the knife under very hot water and it cuts right through it like butter.  You will also want to clean the knife off between cuts.  That isn’t necessary but it will keep your fudge clean looking.  This is also a soft fudge, but don’t worry it will hold it’s shape very well.  Just keep it in a sealed container on your counter.

My youngest absolutely loved this fudge.  He came in the office last night when I was editing these pictures and he got really excited.  He said, “Mom, that was the best fudge you ever made.” If that doesn’t convince you to make it, I don’t know what will.

I still have half a container of hot chocolate mix left, I think I need to surprise my little guy with another batch of this caramel hot chocolate fudge.    I can’t wait to see his smile when he sees it in the kitchen again!!!

 

***Now go check out these yummy Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Bars that Aimee has for you today!!!  I really think we should have mailed each other samples…it isn’t fair that I have to drool over her pictures and not get to eat one!

 

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Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 48 squares of fudge

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Soft hot chocolate fudge swirled with a caramel fudge

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate Layer
2 cups chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup marshmallow cream
1/3 cup hot chocolate mix
For the Caramel Layer
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 Tablespoon butter
pinch salt
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 packet Duncan Hines Caramel Mix In (for the frosting)
1/2 cup miniature marshmallow bits

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk for the hot chocolate layer. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and the hot chocolate mix. Stir until melted and creamy. Turn heat to low.
  2. In another saucepan, combine the white chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk for the caramel layer. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and caramel mix in. Stir until melted and creamy.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the hot chocolate fudge into a 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Drop 1/2 of the caramel fudge by spoonfuls onto the hot chocolate layer. Swirl gently with a knife. Repeat with the rest of the fudge. Sprinkle the top with the marshmallow bits. Refrigerate until set. Remove the parchment paper and let come to room temperature before cutting. Cut into 48 squares.
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Hot chocolate fudge swirled with caramel fudge and topped with mini marshmallows

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Comments

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Next time we need to mail each other samples, so we can know exactly how good the other one’s stuff is. Sound like a plan???

  1. says

    Looks great and I just saw Aimee’s post! I know what you mean about thinking you have enough time to get a post done, edit, etc…and then, bam, chaos. When we travel and we’re gone for a month at a time, I am always at the mercy of unstable internet connections that can be down for day(s) and have learned the hard way to schedule my posts to go out when the internet is up, just in case. That’s provided I’m done with them. Which is easier said than done :)
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      It all sounds so good in my head and I have good intentions of working ahead and having things scheduled. I just never get that far. Things like pinterest and facebook tend to distract me from finishing my edits and posting!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I was definitely loving Starbucks and my laptop yesterday! Nothing like the internet being down to show you how addicted you are though :-)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I am glad that I am not alone in procrastinating!!! I keep saying I am going to do better, but that just never happens. I wish I had more fudge to share!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Waiting is definitely the worst part of fudge! I always want to dig in way before it has time to harden :-)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thanks Sally! It is good to hear that I am not the only one who waits to the last minute to choose what to share here!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      You are definitely not alone. Most nights I am so behind and still not sure what to post for the next day. I have high hopes of getting organized and ahead on my editing so I have a few drafts ready at all times. I’m still not there though!!!

  2. Paula B. says

    First time visiting here but I’ll be coming by regularly. Looking for some sweet treats for next Sunday’s big party, I think this fudge has made the cut!

  3. Isabel says

    Was going to make your Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge but have no idea what you mean about 1 pkg Duncin Hines Caramel mix is this a cake or something.

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