The perfect combination – chocolate and coffee! This espresso fudge totally counts as a breakfast food.
I can officially mark two things off my list – decorate the tree and have said tree fall on the kids. The second one wasn’t on a list before it happened, but now I can mark it off the “things I didn’t want to happen but did anyways because.. kids” list. [Which is actually a bigger list then I would like at Grant house.]
We’ve had our tree for a few days and it had been hanging out in the garage so that it can fall and get fluffy. [We bought a fresh tree that comes all wrapped up so we have to give it some time to find its shape.] Every morning the kids would run out to the garage and check and see if it was magically decorated and Santa had come.
I had to tell Ryley that Santa wasn’t coming until the tree was IN the house AND decorated. So we asked constantly for the few days it was in the garage if it was time to decorate yet. She even grabbed her play necklaces and draped them around the tree and declared it decorated. [My kids might be slightly impatient when it comes to Santa.]
Once the tree was in the house she helped drag in the tubs of decorations. Then proceeded to start hanging ornaments on the branches. I had to politely ask her to take them down so that I could put lights on first. Girl was anxious to have the tree done.
I quickly put the lights on so that the kids could start decorating. They were adding ornaments as fast as they could after I said go. Both were on a chair and I was supervising/recovering from dragging in and adding lights to a 8 foot tree. All of sudden someone took an ornament from someone else and they were grabbing at it and pushing at the same time. By the time I got up to break up the ornament scuffle, one of the kids was pulling on the tree for support and one was falling off the chair and the whole thing toppled over.
It hit the wall. Both kids were sort of scared out under the tree, but they were fine. No one got hurt and they spent a good portion of the morning in their rooms. Avery ended up falling asleep in his bed and Ryley lost interest in putting the rest of the ornaments on. My mom ended up helping us finish the tree that afternoon.
And we all learned a few things that day. Santa doesn’t come until the tree is up and decorated. The tree is not safe to use as support when fighting with your sibling. And we will never have glass ornaments in our house. Ever.
Also? Never put espresso fudge in reach of little hands. I made the fudge, left it wrapped on the counter and the next morning I saw Ryley grabbing a piece. I said “Oh no no. You don’t need any of that.” And she replied “But I already had two pieces momma.” and pops her THIRD piece in her mouth as she walks away. And no, the tree falling and the fudge eating did not happen on the same day. I would have had fudge and wine for dinner if all that happened on the same day. Kids sure keep you on your toes!
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 3 tablespoons instant espresso
See example below of how I use a faux double boiler.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2181Cholesterol: 58mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 311gFiber: 20gSugar: 276gProtein: 29g
Here is my faux double boiler for melting the chocolate. Its pretty glamorous and of course I cleaned the stove before I took the picture. [Not.] There is about a cup or two of water in the bottom pot.
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Amy | Club Narwhal says
Oh goodness, this will make a memorable holiday story for sure! And at least you have fudge to smooth any ruffled feathers–glad no one was hurt 🙂
haha! Right?! Fudge makes everything better!!
Oh I just love anything with coffee in it. Can’t wait to make this !
I noticed that the instructions say….add remaining 5 tablespoons of espresso to top of fudge….
it should read 1/2 tablespoon…..is that right ??
Yes! Thanks for catching that! Add the last 1/2 tablespoon to the top! Ill change it now. Hope you enjoy the fudge! Feel free to email me a picture if you make it – [email protected] 🙂
Laura O|PetiteAllergyTreats says
Whoa, I’m a goner with chocolate and coffee! I can’t wait to try this. Featuring this awesomeness on Saturday Night Fever. 🙂
Thanks friend! And I’m right there with ya.. can’t beat the coffee+chocolate combo!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
I have always wanted to make my own fudge! You know, in all my time baking, I have never worked with espresso powder?! Time to change that!
Gah.. I love espresso powder! It’s one of my favorite things to use! Hope you try it and enjoy Kacey 🙂
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I love fudge and espresso, so this needs to happen at my house!
Agreed, agreed and triple agree! Can’t go wrong with coffee and chocolate!
Serene @ House of Yumm says
Absolutely this is breakfast food! Love those flavors together 🙂
Yes! Thank you!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen says
Oh my goodness, Kelley! What a day y’all had with the Christmas tree! Good thing you had this fudge to help take the edge off. 😉 But girl, after this year and all the broken ornaments we had, glass ornaments aren’t allowed in our house anymore either! I could’ve used some of this for the same kind of madness!
Gah.. I can’t even count the amount of ornaments we broke this year. No more! Shatterproof until they are 18! haha!
amanda @ fake ginger says
ha! Yeah, definitely need to hide this one from the kids! I love easy fudge recipes. Totally making this next Christmas!
Yea, totally easy. And agreed – must hide from kidlets.
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
This sounds so perfect for a evening treat!
Thanks Meg! It was a breakfast, lunch and dinner treat after I made it 😉 shhh
Will using the espresso powder make the fudge grainy?
Hey Jessica! Nope – it dissolves in the mixture and comes out smooth.