We make more than forty flavors of fudge, which some people might think is enough. But when it comes to fudge, more is always better. It’s fun to experiment with new recipes. This week I’ve been working on a fudge that you might not expect: chili mango. I know it sounds weird, but chili and chocolate is actually a good combination that’s pretty popular right now. Lots of companies are offering chocolate bars with a spicy kick, so it’s about time we jumped on the bandwagon and put our own twist on the idea.
I started this project in the grocery store spice aisle. After picking a few to try, it was back to the kitchen to make a batch of fudge. I made several samples with varying recipe combinations of spices, but none of them quite worked. Jalapeno just wasn’t right; it didn’t go with the sweetness of the chocolate. Some of the samples included cinnamon, but it kind of overwhelmed the chili. I liked the chocolate and cinnamon together, though, so don’t be surprised if it shows up on the site in the future. My colleague Andrey, in a moment of culinary inspiration, suggested switching to dark chocolate fudge and adding mango, which turned out to be the way to go. I also doubled the spice for good measure. I made a batch to sample here in the store to get customer feedback and after a few more tweaks finally had some fudge I’m happy with.
Dark chocolate chili mango fudge will be available soon—are you brave enough to try it?