Rocky Road Fudge with Boozy Cherries

rocky road fudge

Homemade fudge, easy fudge, microwave fudge, condensed milk fudge, 3-minute fudge, party dessert, midnight snack, and post workout treat (that’s right). All these can describe these chocolate squares I am sharing with you today: little treats studded with mini marshmallows and chopped walnuts – the classic flavors of Rocky Road – plus boozy cherries.

Boozy cherries are dried cherries that took an overnight bath in Cointreau. Soaking the cherries in orange liqueur results in plump and juicy pieces, sweet and tart at the same time.

I love chocolate and cherry together (as evidenced here, here, and here) and even more so when the cherries are infused with alcohol. I started baking with boozy cherries a couple of years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.

rocky road fudge with boozy cherries

I’ve been known to double or even triple the amount of orange liqueur when soaking dried cherries. Then, after fishing out the boozed up fruit, using the now cherry-infused liqueur to make cocktails.

When I say “I’ve been known to do that” I really mean I’ve done it just once but plan to keep doing it many more times in the coming months.

I’ve also been known to taste-test my homemade fudge incessantly. Ceaselessly. Without fail. Like I’ll try it while it’s still warm in the bowl to make sure the flavors taste right. Then I’ll try a square after the fudge has chilled. And another one that’s been sitting in room temperature. Then another square after a few days to make sure it doesn’t taste like cupcake liner or something. And another square right before bringing it to a friend’s house because what if it’s not good anymore? And another one for good measure.

When I say “I’ve been know to do that” I really mean I ate seven pieces of fudge. I mean eight. But who’s counting?

easy microwave fudge

I love that this fudge has a lot of different flavors and textures in each bite: soft and pillowy marshmallows, crunchy buttery walnuts, tart and boozy cherries, and sweet and creamy chocolate. This is ridiculously easy to make – it only takes about 3 minutes to prepare (but you’ll need to make the boozy cherries a day in advance and the fudge needs to cool for a few hours). There’s no need to turn on the oven because it’s a no bake treat, and as an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free.

Yield: 5 dozen 1-inch squares

Rocky Road Fudge with Boozy Cherries

Ingredients

1 cup dried cherries (no pits)
1/4 cup Cointreau (or any other orange liqueur)
2 cups (12 oz package) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons butter (plus a little more for buttering the pan)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Make the boozy cherries. In a medium bowl, combine the dried cherries and Cointreau. Cover and let cherries soak overnight.
  2. make the fudge. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, condensed milk, butter, and salt. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Everything would have started to melt but you’ll still have some lumps. Heat again in 30-second intervals and stir until the mixture turns smooth. I heated everything for a total of 2 minutes.
  3. Fold in marshmallows, walnuts, and boozy cherries.
  4. Scrape the mixture onto a foil-lined and buttered 8x8 inch baking pan. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, then cut into 1-inch squares.

microwave rocky road fudge

If you want to try other easy fudge treats, check out my other recipes: Nutella Fudge with Espresso Salt, White Chocolate Fudge, Salted Peanut Butter Fudge, and Chocolate Fudge Bars with Toffee Bits and Peanut Butter Cups.

   

19 Responses to “Rocky Road Fudge with Boozy Cherries”

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health posted May 11, 2015 at 10:03 am

    these look wonderful..and boozy cherries seals the deal for me.

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 11th, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Yes they make the fudge extra special :)

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    Meghan posted May 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Fudge is such a great, easy treat!

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 11th, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Yes, and always a crowd pleaser, too!

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    Monica posted May 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Love your boldness with food, Bianca. You always inject a lot of texture, flavor, dimensions in your food – sweet and savory! This is one amazing fudge, girl! : )

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 12th, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Yay I’m so glad you appreciate it!

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    Sues posted May 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    What a beautiful-looking fudge!! And boozy cherries are always a good idea :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 12th, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Yes they are :) Thanks Sues!

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    Mike@TheIronYou posted May 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    So basically what you’re saying here is that you don’t make boozy cherries, but full on drunk/wasted cherries ;)
    Anyways this is my kind of fudge: chocolate + marshmallows + wasted cherries. Sign me up!

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 12th, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Haha yes full on drunk and wasted cherries are now my new favorite thing!

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com posted May 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Oh wow!! These look amazing!! SWOON! I need this recipe in my life! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Ashley posted May 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Boozy fudge – now that is fun! This sounds so good! I don’t think I’ve made fudge since the holidays!

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    grace posted May 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

    you’re living up to your blog’s name with this one–awesome fudge creation!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) posted May 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Fudge is absolutely amazing on its own but adding cherries was genius!

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    Cat posted May 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Hi, Bianca! This is my first time commenting on your blog, but I really neede you to know that when I saw that picture with those watermouthering pieces of fudge I had a heart attack!
    Seriously, I’ve been able to put together all the things that I love ( and I shouldn’t , my waist and hips are not thanking you! :P) and make little pieces of haven.
    Well you might have understood that I have a big “problem” with delicious food and mostly with chocolate…
    Anyway, Congrads and you have an awesome blog!

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    GiGi Eats posted May 13, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    My eyes just fell out of my head! These look absolutely utterly scrumptious!

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    David @ Spiced posted May 14, 2015 at 8:06 am

    This fudge looks straight incredible, Bianca!! Now I know why you sampled 7 or 8 pieces. I might have sampled more if it was in my kitchen! But let’s talk about these boozy cherries, shall we? I was totally intrigued when I saw the boozy in the title, but then I realized you used Cointreau–what an under-appreciated liquor. I’m lovin’ that you’re giving the Cointreau some lovin’. :-)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted May 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I never think to make fudge except at Christmas – but that is silly! I should make it all year long – love the boozy cherries – this is brilliant! Have a lovely weekend :)

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    Joanne Bruno posted May 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I mean, BOOZY CHERRIES. What more could you want in life?! And then you stuffed them INTO FUDGE. You slay me in the best way.

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