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  • Frozen Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

    I want to make the Chocolate Pistachio Fudge and freeze it to give as a gift at a later date. I know the recipe says it an be frozen, can it be defrosted though to be given, will it be OK? Thanks for your help.

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Chocolate Pistachio Fudge (from Nigella Express and on the Nigella website) is a short-cut fudge made with condensed milk and melted chocolate. It can be cut into pieces and frozen, and this gives it a very nice, grainy texture. Nigella likes to eat it direct from the freezer.

    Most fudges can be frozen and then thawed, but this works best with a very dense fudge - where the sugar has been cooked to doft ball stage. Nigella's fudge is a lighter form which tends to be slightly softer, even when chilled. Although this fudge can be frozen and thawed (in the fridge) there is always a risk that the fudge tirns a litte sticky when the fudge defrosts. So if it is for a gift then we would tend to err on the side of either making the fudge and keeping it refrigerated until you give it (it should last for about 2 weeks inn the fridge) or making a more traditional fudge that will freeze and thaw more reliably. You could try Nigella's Fudge recipe in Domestic Goddess (p228).

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