Rural Mom’s Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge #Recipe

Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge

There are two tricks to this decadent, yet wildly simple Kentucky bourbon pecan fudge recipe:

  1. use a quality top shelf bourbon
  2. use the finest dark or milk chocolate semi-sweet morsels or squares you can find (standard brands are okay, but a great bourbon deserves a pairing with a divine chocolate.)

I typically reserve this for holiday baking, it’s a fabulous Valentines Day treat and a well-received host gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it’s perfectly fine to create this bourbon confectionery delight any time of the year.  There’s certainly no restrictions on when to indulge!

Rural Mom's Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge Recipe

 

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Rural Mom’s Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge
(be sure to scroll down if you would like a printable version of this recipe)

Ingredients

1/2 cup of Kentucky Bourbon (plenty of good ones to choose from)
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels (12 ounces)
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 ounces)
1/2 cup Pecans, chopped

Directions

Pour sweetened condensed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips into a medium sauce pan.  Melt over a low heat, stirring every few seconds with a spatula.

Rural Mom's Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge Mixing Chocolate

Continue stirring until fully melted.  Add bourbon and stir rapidly until fully mixed.

Rural Mom's Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge Recipe

Remove from heat.  Pour in pecans, mix thoroughly.

Rural Mom's Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge Recipe

Pour fudge immediately into an 8 x 8 baking dish.  Use spatula to distribute evenly and smooth top.

Rural Mom's Wicked-Good Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge Recipe

Allow fudge to set in a cool place, preferably over night, but at least a minimum of 3 to 4 hours.  Cut into squares for serving.  Enjoy!

Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of Kentucky Bourbon (plenty of good ones to choose from)
  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels (12 ounces)
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, chopped

Instructions

  • Pour sweetened condensed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips into a medium sauce pan. Melt over a low heat, stirring every few seconds with a spatula.
  • Continue stirring until fully melted. Add bourbon and stir rapidly until fully mixed.
  • Remove from heat. Pour in pecans, mix thoroughly.
  • Pour fudge immediately into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Use spatula to distribute evenly and smooth top.
  • Allow fudge to set in a cool place, preferably over night, but at least a minimum of 3 to 4 hours. Cut into squares for serving. Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Reply

    Oh my, this looks heavenly!! I’m anxious to make this to share with my mother and brothers.

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  2. Reply

    YUMM… I know where I’m going for a sweet treat… LOVE it.. Love pecans and love chocolate.. perfect combination.

    • Pam
    • February 8, 2013
    Reply

    Feel free to send some my way! 🙂

    • Kari
    • February 20, 2013
    Reply

    This sounds so delicious, my mouth is watering! Do you mind if I link to this in my “Weekly Links I Liked” post? On Saturdays I like to share the good stuff I’ve come across on the web that week.

  3. Reply

    My can of sweetened condensed milk is 14 oz. Is there a smaller can?

  4. Reply

    I would like to make this today but my sweetened condensed milk can is 14 oz. Is there a smaller can? I have never seen a 5 oz. can. Please respond. Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Hi Kathleen, just saw your comment! 14 ounce can is perfect. It’s an old recipe and should have read 15 ounce in the recipe and not sure why it’s not showing correctly, but I revised anyway as a 14 ounce can is the popular size on the market today. Still works great, even missing the extra ounce. Hope you enjoy the fudge!

  5. Reply

    Does this keep? I want to make some to send as a gift. Thanks so much.

    1. Reply

      Hi Jinger, the answer is “yes!” With proper storage (air-tight container or aluminum foil and a cool, dark location) you can expect the fudge to be best for 2-3 weeks. After 2-3 weeks, it will begin to harden a bit or crystallize. Alternatively, fudge may be stored in the freezer for several months. Wrap individual pieces in saran wrap and place in a zip lock bag or freezer container. Fudge can be enjoyed directly from the freezer or let it sit for about thirty minutes to soften.

      For shipping, if you are sending to a warm climate, the fudge could melt a bit, so be sure to package appropriately in a cooler with freezer pack.

      Hope that helps! Best, Barb.

    • Bill
    • July 31, 2015
    Reply

    I made this tonight at 10pm and just tasting the spatula put me on another planet. Can’t wait until tomorrow when it hardens.

    Bill

      • Linda whitten
      • September 2, 2015
      Reply

      How long do you let your pecans soak in the bourbon to get th soft

      1. Reply

        Hi Linda, no need to soak the pecans, I generally put them directly into the fudge mix. If you prefer to soak the pecans prior to making, I suggest soaking for 1 to 2 hours. You’ll also need to be sure to dry them after or else they may add a bit too much liquid for the fudge to harden correctly.

        • Bill
        • September 4, 2015
        Reply

        I didn’t, I like them with crunch.

        • Bill
        • September 4, 2015
        Reply

        It was excellent, my friends were licking the plate.

    1. Reply

      That’s so awesome, Bill! Glad that you enjoyed the first taste. Hope you enjoyed the finished recipe just as much. We’ll certainly be whipping up more in the Rural Mom kitchen soon!

    • Eva
    • December 15, 2015
    Reply

    My fudge did not set up properly. It hardened on the top, but was very soft on the bottom. Any suggestions if I try this again. It was a fairly expensive flop.

    1. Reply

      Hi Eva, sorry to hear that! There are several things you can try if your fudge doesn’t set properly (and there are all kinds of reasons for why it may not, so hard to tell you what to correct for the next run.) Here are a few ideas: 1) First thing you can do is make brownies or a cake and use the fudge for frosting which is a delicious way to ensure it doesn’t go to waste. 2) you can try mixing in small amounts of powdered sugar until the batch thickens up (does change the taste a bit by sweetening it up. 3) you can mix even amounts of cocoa powder and powder sugar together, then gently fold into the fudge mix until it thickens. Then take scoops of the fudge and roll it into balls. You can then roll the balls powdered sugar, decorating sugar, chocolate sprinkles or crushed nuts to make truffles, or in this case what would be commonly referred to as bourbon balls. 4) You can try reheating the entire mix and re-setting it. I generally do not suggest this last option, though, as it’s easy to burn the fudge when attempting to reset it. Hope that helps!

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