How to Pair Wine With Holiday Fudge? Greatest Idea?

How To Pair Wine With Fudge, Isn’t That The Greatest Idea?

Wine and fudge, two of our all-time favorite words. There’s nothing like a glass of wine to unwind, and we could say the same about any fudgy treat, but do they go well with each other? Yes, they do.

Get your kitchen silicone spatula ready, because this one is about to get sticky. Fudge and wine are brilliant partners if you know what you’re doing, and you have to be neither a professional confectioner nor a wine sommelier to get it right.

The next time you have guests coming over, surprise them with a wine & fudge combo; you’re on your way to becoming the perfect host.

What Is Fudge, Anyway?

Yes, we all love fudge, but do you know what it is? That’s a critical question if you are to pair fudge with wine successfully, and the answer is quite simple.

Fudge is a confectionery candy made by combining sugar, butter, and milk over a low flame to create a crystallized treat with an awesome, smooth texture.

To make fudge, you must caramelize sugar to its “softball” temperature (240 °F – 116 °C) and then mixing it with butter and cream as it cools. It’s quite easy! You can even make fudge cake pops with a silicone cake mold like this one.

To make fudge sauce (delicious over sundaes), you need only to substitute butter with heavy cream; how easy is that?

Of course, you can add anything to your fudge, from nuts and raisins to peanut-butter and chocolate, which leads us to the most famous fudge of them all, the chocolate fudge.

Both cocoa powder and chocolate butter can be added to a standard fudge recipe for a fantastic chocolate fudge, and homemade is always better than store-bought.

Now, how to pair fudge and chocolate fudge with wine? Bear with me on this one.

Wine and Fudge, A Match Made in Heaven

The number one rule for pairing wine and sweet food like pastries and desserts is: “Always make sure the wine is sweeter than the dessert.” Although a challenging task, this is vital. If the dessert is sweeter than the wine, it will make your cherished fermented drink taste flabby, and dull, and nobody wants that.

So, which wines are sweeter than fudge? There are two types of wine up to the task. Ice wine and fortified wine. Here’s all you need to know about them and how to pair them with fudge.

Ice Wine and Classic Caramel Fudge

Ice wine is a sweet wine specialty popular in chilly vineyards like New York State, Canada, and Germany.

Winemakers wait until the growing season is over, and the winter comes. Then, they harvest the frozen grapes and press them, getting the most luscious and decadently sweet wine; pure gold if you ask me.

Ice wine will pair beautifully with fudge, especially when made with nuts and dried fruit — a classic wine pairing for the most memorable occasions.

PRO TIP: Ice wine goes great with salted caramel sauce, fudge, roasted nuts, and banana bread.

Port and Chocolate Fudge

Port is a fortified wine, a specialty in Portugal, but similarly available from the States and Australia. This is a red wine, but don’t think for a second this is your average red.

Port is a delightfully sweet wine reminiscent of ripe cherries, roasted nuts, and, you guessed it, chocolate. When paired with chocolate fudge, every bite, and every sip takes you to heaven and back, and you just can’t get enough of it.

PRO TIP: Port is the single best wine to pair chocolate treats, from truffles to cake and, of course, chocolate fudge.

There You Have it!

Now you can pair fudge with wine like a pro, and once you try these combinations, you’ll want to share them with everyone you know.

There’s no such thing as an impossible food and wine pairing. The secret? Creativity and experimentation. Play around with your favorite bottles of wine and your preferred foods, and you’ll be an expert in no time!

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