Vegan Chocolate Fudge, PLUS 11 flavour twists

April 3, 2013
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Chocolate always wins. It really isn’t fair to everything else – the noodle soups, the sides, the dips, the salads – always take second at best. Poor fried rice, you can come to my house any day.

Ok, so what am I on about? You see, I have an enormous backlog of posts… While I do enjoy the picture editing and post writing, I’d rather create and cook and photograph over anything else, and as I’m at home during the day most of my meals get styled and propped before being eaten.

So over the weekend I posted this pic with a comment that in honour of reaching 350 Facebook likes, 1200 Twitter followers and 400 Instagram followers everyone else got to choose what I would post next.

Reader choice - help me decide what to post next week!

#1 won, so per usual dessert is being served first and I must admit, I’m not complaining.

Second place was taken out by #9 – Sweet Potato Fries and third by #8 – Asian Mushroom Soup, so among others not even included in the collage, these will be coming soon too. You are more than welcome to put in your vote down in the comments – it’s a moveable feast round these parts, quite literally.

The old saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade – or curd, or cake or tea for that matter – but what about when life serves up a big’ol seized, split mess intended for an Australian twist on Nutella?

First, you start again, twice, to figure out how on earth to make the spread work, then you stick the double batch of messy yet delicious mass into the fridge and think about it later.

12 twists on Vegan Choc Fudge

The first thought was a twist on Vegan Cheesecake, but a combination of being out of macadamias and having both raw truffles made with chickpeas and brownies made with black beans floating around in my brain, sent me to the cupboard in search of legumes.

Into a food processor everything went and before I knew it this fudge was born. In the meantime I discovered that when the seized mess is re-blended once cold it turns smooth and creamy – I’ve updated the Choc Macadamia Spread recipe as this means rice syrup will work every time!

Ironically the bowl of kitchen fail was turned into a wonderful creation however I’m not remotely happy with the photos, figures. But they’ll do for now… sometimes you just have to roll with it!



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25 Responses to Vegan Chocolate Fudge, PLUS 11 flavour twists

  1. Martyna @ Wholesome Cook on April 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Ooooh now that’s a good one! Especially straight after Easter :-) I was curious about the “peanut free peanut butter cup” – you could almost say “nut free sesame butter cup” – I looove sesame in all forms.

    • JJ on April 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

      haha I actually put ‘nut-free’ in the graphic but while writing the post I realised that the fudge is full of macadamias so peanut-free won ;D

  2. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas on April 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Great save! How I wish I could take pictures as bad as yours ????

    • JJ on April 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

      thanks Tania

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on April 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Your fudge looks delicious, I love the raspberries!

    • JJ on April 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Cheers Laura, they added a great touch!

  4. thesuzchef on April 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Chocolate always wins. Absolutely. Hands down!
    Looks delicious – chocolate and raspberries are my favourite combination at the moment – delicious!

    • JJ on April 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

      I know, there’s no need to fight the inevitable ;D

  5. Sugar et al on April 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Wow! That fudge looks gorgeous. And I think I love all the combinations:-)

    • JJ on April 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Why thank you – and I know, I want to make every single one!

  6. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy on April 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    You are right! Chocolate ALWAYS wins. I love raspberry and chocolate together and have been looking for a good fudge recipe for ages. Thanks JJ!

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes on April 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    These look spectacular! Raspberry and top favourite!

  8. Deepa@onesmallpot on April 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    OMG I did a fudge recipe today too!! This one looks like an excellent fructose free one though!

  9. Claire @ Claire K Creations on April 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I never knew that about seized chocolate how fantastic! I can’t tell you the amount of chocolate I’ve thrown out. This looks delicious as do your photos!

    • JJ on April 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

      not sure about traditional seized chocolate but when it is cocoa, liquid sweetener and oil this seemed to work!

  10. brenda hayes on April 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hummm, that reminds me of the fudge at the Jersey Shore, and my favorite dinner party dessert….a fudgy brownie with ice cream and raspberry sauce (heated with pure raspberries)and chocolate sauce on top, served in a stem glass!! My, our habits have changed!!

    • JJ on April 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

      oh now I want one of those brownies and some ice cream ;D

  11. Christine @ Cooking Crusade on April 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    These look great JJ but I was wondering, whereabouts do you buy canned black beans? Just at Coles or Woolies? I have had a bit of trouble finding them..

    • JJ on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Hi Christine, no, not the duopoly, I get mine at pretty much any health food store and my local IGA has them too. There are a few different brands but I always go for Eden Organics as their cans are BPA Free.

  12. Amanda@ChewTown on April 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I’m exactly like you! I have a backlog of posts as I always prefer cooking and shooting to writing. If only we could hire ghostwriters.

    Great recipe here. I’m loving the fudge. Looks so decadent and fabulous!

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  16. Lillian on February 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Do you blend the black beans and the macadamia nuts together? Sorry, your recipe just says to blend the nuts in the processor, but the picture doesn’t look like there are whole beans in the fudge…also, can you taste the beans? I’m a new vegan and I’m kind of wary of trying things like black beans with my chocolate. Chocolate is sacred, you know. :P

    • JJ on February 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hi Lillian, thanks for the question – the beans are included in the second step “Add all remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth.” :) I personally don’t think black beans have much flavour on their own so the chocolate shines through – you can always up the cocoa or sweetener to taste though!

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