Saturday, 12 February 2011

Fudge Kitchen

I haven't had any decent fudge for a long time, so I was pleasantly surprised when Fudge Kitchen offered to send me a selection to try.

The very next day, the postman arrived with quite a weighty package, I almost dropped it, when he passed it to me as I misjudged its heft.
I opened the corrugated cardboard box and inside was a dark green carton with a flash of gold from the maker's logo.
I couldn't wait to see what was within and lifted the lid to reveal four generous pieces of fudge wrapped in paper and individually labelled – all a very luxurious affair.

Each piece of fudge was a sizeable slice, which appeared to have been cut from a vast log. There was Traditional Toffee, Belgian Chocolate Swirl, After Dinner Mint and Rich Chocolate Orange.
The accompanying booklet with its enticing pictures and copper-inked type certainly gives an overall feeling of opulence, which I later found to be highly appropriate.

Fudge Kitchen hand make their fudge every day in their shops. The process involves stirring the mixture in huge copper cauldrons, it is then turned out on to marble slab to be worked by hand. If you have the pleasure to visit one of their shops you can see for yourself how it's done, I was content to watch a video on their YouTube channel.

I'll start by saying that this probably the best fudge I've ever had. Previous experiences have found that lesser fudges can be rather chewy, not so with Fudge Kitchen's offerings. As soon as you pop a piece into your mouth it melts into a glorious creamy and silky texture, but be warned you need to have a very sweet tooth, fudge after all, does contain lots of sugar.
You really only need a little nibble at time unless you're a real sugar fiend.

Sweetness aside, the flavours are immense, my favourite in particular, is the Rich Chocolate and Orange. Generous with chocolate, the fudge is dark, almost black, velvety and there are little explosions of orange zest with just the right amount of bitterness.
After Dinner Mint is just like a certain thin confection, whose box bears a clock logo, but far more substantial. A chunky core of cool mint fudge is wrapped in a broad band of chocolate.

It could be the sugar rush but this fudge blasts your brain into space – a not unpleasant experience!

For more information and to buy online, visit their website: www.fudgekitchen.co.uk

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