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Monday, January 9, 2012

Nutella and Hazelnut Fudge



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This simple recipe for Nutella fudge is a bit different than the one that was so popular on blogs during the run-up to the Christmas holiday. This version was developed by Elizabeth LaBau who writes the candy guide at About.com. It's a nice recipe and with Valentine's Day just ahead of us, I thought those of you who make candy for your sweet things might like to see the recipe before V-Day actually arrives. This fudge is made with Nutella and it gets an added flavor boost from the addition of toasted hazelnuts. Hazelnuts, or filberts, if you prefer, are a major crop in the state of Oregon, so I use them a lot in my cooking. As a matter of fact, I like them well enough to go for extra flavor whenever I can, so I use hazelnut rather than vanilla extract when I make this fudge. I realize that most of you live in areas where hazelnut extract can't be found. If you'd like to try it, a quick "google" search will return several sources from which it can be ordered. This fudge is fine when made with vanilla but its flavor is really enhanced by the addition of the hazelnut extract. It is smooth and creamy and if you like fudge, you'll like this version. Here's how it is made.

Nutella and Hazelnut Fudge
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Elizabeth LaBau

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups (9-oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow cream
1 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, like Nutella
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1-1/2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts (optional)

Directions:

1) Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Place sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar and butter dissolve, then wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.
3) Insert a candy thermometer into syrup and cook, stirring constantly, until temperature reaches 236 degrees F (113 C). If you are not using a candy thermometer, bring candy to a rapid boil for 5 minutes.
4) After it reaches 236 F, or 5 minutes of boiling, remove pan from heat and add chocolate chips, stirring until they're completely melted.
5) Next add marshmallow cream, Nutella, and vanilla extract, and stir until everything is well-mixed. Add chopped toasted hazelnuts last, if you're using them.
6) Scrape fudge into prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Allow fudge to sit at room temperature to firm up, for about 2 hours, or refrigerate for 45 minutes.
7) Once set, remove fudge from pan using foil handles. Cut it into small 1-inch pieces to serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.







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45 comments :

Pondside said...

I buy hazelnuts every time I go to work in the Fraser Valley - they grow plenty of them there. Nutella? We always have Nutella because The Great Dane likes it on a slice of bread, with a piece of cheese for breakfast.
I thought it was unique until I visited his family in Denmark and saw many people eating chocolate at breakfast.

Nammi said...

whats marshmellow cream?

Au and Target said...

Oh heavens, I feel a sugar rush coming on! Meow from Target, Au and Guido.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love nutella so these MUST be good :) Diane

Priya said...

I dont mind to have some rite now,incredible fudges.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds great! I'm probably the last person that still hasn't tried Nutella-gotta fix that:@)

Carrie said...

Oh my. I think this is the most heavenly looking recipe you've ever posted, Mary. Yum! *saves to favorites*

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Mary this one is going into my "to-do" pile! No doubt it will be served up soon..it looks SO good. Really, this is a winner!

Lenia said...

Oh my God!This is heaven!!!Happy new year,dear Mary!Kisses from Greece!

Kim said...

ou know what, because I cannot find hazelnut extract, I'm often using Frangelico, a hazelnut liquor and it's really good!

Jenn said...

I've made Nutella cookies, but fudge? YUM!! Why did I not think of that??? Can't wait to try this one!

The Blonde Duck said...

Divine!

Bunny said...

My husband loves nuts of any kind but is more partial to pecans, he's a Texan and was able to get them just by shaking a tree. The fudge is lovely!

savoringeverybite said...

I think these would be perfect for Valentines Day! Anyone would fall in love this a bit of this fudge. Nutella is my favorite!!

bellini said...

Hazelnuts are the pert accompaniment for this fudge Mary.

Mickey said...

I have one here at home who LOVES Nutella - she will adore these. Thanks Mary
mickey

laurie said...

we love hazelnuts here, and there is a , we pick them at an old cemetary where my family plot is, this is a lovely fudge, sadly I have indulged in too many sweets this past holiday season but will rememeber this for another time, oh I wont forget this one!!

Rita said...

This had to be wonderful fudge made with nutella; love the sound of this.
Rita

Sofia.Lopez said...

Mary, they look so lovely and delicious that i would love to try them, on and on... :) I will keep the recip to make them in my kitchen one day...
Beijinhos ;)
Have a nice day :)

From the Kitchen said...

If I thought I could make this delicious-looking fudge and get it out across the country to the children for their Valentine treat instead of decadent indulgence on my part, I would. I'll be working on a little self-discipline just in case!!

Best,
Bonnie

Miri Leigh said...

Yum- this fudge looks absolutely delectable! What a treat!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Hi Mary....first of all thank you for coming to my blog and commenting. I appreciate it more than you know. This fudge looks wonderful. I make a similar one but have never put nutella or hazelnuts in it. My children love nutella so I am going to have to try this. I know they will love it.

Also I love your photo of your one bite header. Beautiful and it catches your eye. And I like how you have put recipes from a year ago and two years ago at the end of your post. Being a new blogger I am looking for ways to make my blog better. And I think this is good. So in a year I may do that. I haven't been able to do my own headers yet, (my daughter has had to really help me with it) because I'm still learning to get around blogger. But yours is really great. You are a pro!!

Nann

MissB said...

Simply fantastic!
I love Nutella and this recipe reminds me of the brownies! <3

Kiss Mary :)

Mila said...

Mary YUM~ I just made Nutella and Dark Chocolate truffles for New Years! I will be posting soon...what is it about us foodies being so crazy about Nutella? Seems like its all of our Achilles Heels!

Jenn Kendall said...

this sounds heavenly! we love nutella in our household!

BeetleBuggy said...

Nutella and fudge in the same sentence has me hooked! I'm sure these taste heavenly and I will have to make these one day!

Angie's Recipes said...

Those fudge squares look heavenly!

Alessandra said...

Yessss!!! This is a good way to use up half jars of nutella :-).

Ciao
Alessandra

Sue/the view from great island said...

I can't believe I've never heard of hazelnut extract and I just love hazelnuts. I will google it now. The flavor is so unique, and in fact I was just reading about how hazelnuts have flavor compounds that aren't shared by any other foods. Your fudge looks really delicious.

Juliana said...

Wow, I like the idea of nutella in this fudge...looks very tempting.
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Mary :-)

Pam said...

It looks so good! I KNOW my whole family would LOVE it.

juani- la cocina de xua said...

¡¡Que ricos!!, nutella y avellanas, una combinación perfecta. ¡¡Me encantan!!.
Gracias por pasarte por mi blog, devuelvo la visita y me quedo de seguidora para no perderme nada de las siguientes publicaciones.
Besos.

Country Dreaming said...

Yum! Yum!

Melinda

Amalia said...

Woah, Nutella and hazelnut fudge?? Count me in! This looks heavenly, a great treat for Valentine's day. And it's so funny that I live in Oregon, but I never even knew hazelnuts were a major crop here...now I feel dumb, haha :) But hey, at least I learned something! Great fudge recipe, have a wonderful day :)

Claudia said...

Love hazelnuts and have a huge bag in my freezer. I they they were waiting for this. Bookmarked for Valentine's Day trying to support the family's resolutions. But on Valentine's Day - no holds barred!

Joanne said...

Well, given that all the pharmacies around here are absolutely FLOODED with V-Day candy...I suppose I can't avoid it forever. Plus this sounds like my kind of crack. I mean...fudge.

Leslie said...

Oh my! I have not seen Nutella Fudge yet! I. AM.IN. LOVE

annie said...

Nutella fudge...that sounds divine!

Ginny said...

Your candies all look so good, and I am lusting after those torpedo rolls! Just back from an extended sick leave and catching up with everyone.

jacamaca said...

Dear Mary, thank you very much for visiting my blog and the wonderful words and comments.
I also like a lot of your magic blog with wonderful recipes. Kiss from Belgrade :)))

Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies said...

I want a piece of this right now! =)

Class factotum said...

I love Nutella! I used to hoard the little Nutellas from the airport lounge when I traveled (and my husband would get them for me as well), but then a reader of my blog told me how to make my own and I'm never going back:

Catalina said...

Hmmmm, this looks so delicious! Nutella and hazelnuts are the best friends :D Your photos are beautiful!

The Harried Cook said...

Oh how delicious... I think this is the second best way to use up nutella... the best way being eating it with a spoon (or your fingers!) :) Love your recipes as always, Mary!

Anonymous said...

Just finished making this! O my goodness... if you are a nutella fan, this is the fudge for you. I couldnt quit taste testing, and this is going in my recipe vault. Thank you.

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