Jul 18
2012

Chocolate Avocado Fudge + Scharffen Berger Chocolate Giveaway!

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Chocolate Avocado Fudge

Chocolate avocado fudge might sound a bit strange, but it’s actually a genius idea, but one I can’t take the credit for.  Pureed avocado is used in place of butter when making the fudge.  The result is a rich and extremely creamy chocolate fudge—and no, you would never guess there was any avocado in it! I tasted chocolate avocado fudge for the first time a few months back when Mimi, my avocado sister, and I hosted an avocado adventure for a few fellow friends and bloggers.     The group included Diane (Created By Diane), Laura (Family Spice), Allison (Sushi Day) and her boyfriend Son,  and Kristen, my awesome sister-in-law who was visiting from Salt Lake City.   We kicked off the day  in Temecula with a tour of the Eco Farms avocado packing house.

Eco Farms Packing House

We then drove to Fallbrook (known as the “Avocado Capital of the World”) to have lunch at The Wayside Cafe.

The Wayside Cafe in Fallbrook, CA

Mimi had specifically picked the cafe because they have a wonderful assortment of dishes that include avocado, as well as “avocado fries”—slices of avocado dipped in a batter and deep fried until the batter is golden, light and crispy.  HEAVENLY.

Avocado Fries at The Wayside Cafe

After lunch we did a bit of window shopping before driving to Mimi’s ranch to walk through the avocado groves.

Avocado canopy

One of the things we saw in Fallbrook was Retro Candy and Toys, which was advertising avocado fudge.

Avocado Fudge at Retro Candy and Toys in Fallbrook, CA

How could we resist?

Chocolate Avocado Fudge in Fallbrook

The day was perfect—lots of good food, avocados, beautiful scenery, and friends.  After I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about that fudge, so I decided to come up with my own recipe.  A few days later I received a box of goodies from Scharffen Berger chocolate as a thank you for being a panelist in a twitter chat they hosted.

Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Chocolate

Complete serendipity!  I used some of the chocolate to dream up my own version of chocolate avocado fudge, and have to share the results!

Making Avocado Fudge

This fudge tastes fancy and decadent, but in reality it is super easy to make!  Just make sure that you use chocolate that you love, because the quality and taste of the chocolate you use is one of the keys to fudge that you will love.  Scharffen Berger offered to send one of you your own box of goodies to play with, so check out the giveaway details after the recipe!

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Avocado Fudge

Print This Recipe

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

Makes about 60 pieces

1 pound bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate, chopped
2 ounces ripe avocado, pureed
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt

1. Grease an 8 by 8-inch baking pan. Line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper, with the excess hanging over the sides. Set aside.

2. Heat all of the ingredients in a medium glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water), stirring until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

3. Scrape the mixture with a spatula into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

4. Run a warm knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the fudge, then use the parchment paper to lift it out of the pan and on to a cutting board. Peel off the parchment paper and cut the fudge into 1-inch pieces. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive an assortment of Scharffen Berger goodies! To enter, leave a comment below before Sunday, July 22st, 2012 at 11 pm EST (8pm PST)!  This giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address.  The winner will be chosen via random.org.

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Natalie July 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

As soon as I see the word “avocado” in anything, I’m immediately interested! This recipe sounds awesome! Does the substitution of avocado for butter make it healthier? I hope?! :)

P.S. The deep fried avocado *does* sound heavenly. Now I”ll be craving it until I can find/make some!

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Amy @ fragrantvanillacake July 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

This sounds fantabulous! Love avocado, and what a wonderful idea using it in fudge! I love Sharffenberger as well, it is what I always buy! Sooo good!

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LiztheChef July 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I have to try this!

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Julie July 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Avocado in fudge? It’s genius!!!

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sara July 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Whoa, avocado fudge, crazy! Sounds really cool!

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Tracy July 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I may have to repurpose the avocados I bought yesterday…. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lori July 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Can’t wait to try it!

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pamela July 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

that fudge looks yummy. great giveaway

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Stef July 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Chocolate AND avacado?! Two of my favorites! I must try this…and I can pass it off as “healthy”. ;)

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Kristina July 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

i love chocolate and avocado!

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Sarah Klinkowitz July 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

This is the 2nd avocado recipe I heard of this week! First was for a raspberry avocado sorbet. This is the 2nd. Very creative.

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Claudia @ Experiments and Temptations July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Looks fantastic!

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Kaname July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love Scharffen Berger chocolate!!!

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Rosie July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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Fuji Nana July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I am making this tomorrow. Or tonight. Or in the next twenty minutes.

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Mimi Avocado July 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Reading your post makes me want to do that day all over again! We really did have a magical day. I’m headed to Vermont to visit my mom….and we’ll try your fudge recipe while I’m there. It would be great to have some of that special Scharffen Berger chocolate too! xo

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Angela July 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I’d love to experiment with chocolate and avocadoes, and avocadoes are being sold all around my neighborhood right now! Enter me, please :)

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Colleen C July 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

This looks simply yummy! I can’t understand how the avocado fits into it (in my mind that seems a bit odd, but then it is so creamy and is high in fat, so….) Sounds like a recipe I would be curious to try. Thanks for the info!

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Tess July 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

WOW! YUM! I love avocado and am always looking for new ways to use it. About how much avocado is 2 ounces? A half?

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Amy July 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

What a clever way to use avocado to substitute butter for a healthier treat. I love anything chocolate and can’t wait to make this fudge!

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Kimberly July 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

WOW! That looks so good! Wish I had ingredients to make it today! Thanks for sharing!

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Kat July 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Dying to try this one! I miss living in California, where avocados are plentiful and cheap. :(

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Tommy July 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I generally find avocado a bit hit and miss, but I’m definitely giving this fudge a try. Also, the avocado fries sound like a brilliant idea as well. Both shall happen.

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Amber July 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

This is a great idea!! I love fudge and I LOVE avocados. I’m making this ASAP!

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Therese July 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I love both chocolate and avocado; would be interested in trying them together

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Spencer July 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Sounds absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some.

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Marcy July 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Incredible sounding! Thanks!

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Kibby July 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I adore avocados and quality chocolate – so this is definitely a recipe I am making this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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Kate July 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Oh yum! Must try this!!!

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Katherine July 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Very interesting. I love avocado but I never thought of combining it with chocolate. I am making some truffles this weekend, maybe I’ll try this.

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Madison July 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Mmm, I could go for just about anything with some avocado in it! How could I resist a recipe that throws chocolate in, too?

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Ally July 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Looks delicious! I’ve had chocolate avocado mousse before and loved it. Will have to try this.

2oz. of avocado…is that about 1 avocado?

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Susan July 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Your avocado adventure sounds like it was a lot of fun. I love learning and exploring. And I love avocados.

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Helen July 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thanks so much for the offer. I love chocolate! And avocados!

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Kim C July 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I Love Fudge and Avocado so this needs to be made very soon.

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Sara T July 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm

This sounds completely amazing! Thank you for sharing. Yum!

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Marnely Rodriguez July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I have two avocado trees back home in Dominican Republic and I miss them SO much! Chocolate and Avocado sound perfect together, thanks for the great post!

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Laurie Matthews July 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

My husband hates the flavor of avocados, does the chocolate mask the avocado? The pictures are beautiful.

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Steve Maison July 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

This gives me hope as it is a bit more “heart healthy” with the substitute for butter. Hurray for the little green fruit.

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sunnygrrlSB July 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

A vegan fudge – sounds fantastic. I will give it a try this weekend.

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Abigail (Mamatouille) July 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I’ll bet avocado tempura would be divine as well!

Count me in for that chocolate giveaway–I never say no to chocolate.

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Nolwenn July 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

ooooooooh nice ! i have two avocadoes, I will try that this week.
Thanks for the giveaway.

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Mb July 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

yay!

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Carole July 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

This is a genius idea. Can’t wait to try this!

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Aimee July 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

This is a recipe I definately have to try, as soon as I have an occasion to share it – it looks like a dangerous dish to have sitting around the house!

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Cookin' Canuck July 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Oh my goodness, what a great idea! I can imagine that the avocado lends a wonderful creaminess to the fudge. As for Scharffen Berger chocolate…um, yes please.

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Eileen July 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’m feeling lucky! Lucky that I follow your blog and learn of wonderful, unique, creative, and delicious things. Lucky that you often offer giveaways that are amazing. Lucky that I love the ingredients in this fudge and that it seems like a great gift to give others. And lucky that I might just win this giveaway! Fingers crossed.

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Michelle July 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I can’t wait to try this! I think I need to buy some avocados tomorrow.

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Steph July 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Sounds delicious! I’ve had avocado ice cream and liked it.

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Gretchen July 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

When life gets overwhelming I reach for chocolate – there, I said it out loud! I can only imagine that the avocado would add a lovely creaminess to the recipe. I might even add a bit more than the recipe calls for…Thanks for sharing.

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