Amaretto and Cherry Slow Cooker Fudge

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When I was brainstorming new slow cooker fudge flavours to try, Colette suggested Amaretto and Cherry as one of her favourite chocolates is the Cherry Deluxe from Hotel Chocolat. With a mix of an Amaretto ganache and cherries it sounded like a winning combination – and one I couldn’t wait to experiment with.

What chocolate should I use for the Amaretto and Cherry Slow Cooker Fudge?

I have now made this fudge a few times, always with a different mix or milk, white and dark chocolate. Whatever mix I use, as long as it’s 700g in total, the recipe works beautifully and the only thing that changes is the colour of the finished fudge.

For the fudge in the photos I used 500g milk chocolate and 200g white chocolate as per this recipe. But, for a darker fudge, you can switch some of the milk chocolate for dark chocolate. You could also make a white Amaretto fudge by using all white chocolate if you prefer. Really though, whatever chocolate you use will make a really delicious fudge that everyone will love.

How much Amaretto do I need in this fudge?

This cherry Amaretto fudge needs a good amount of Amaretto to give enough flavour to it. I initially tried one tablespoon of Amaretto like the tablespoon of Baileys in our Baileys fudge recipe but it didn’t give the same depth of flavour. But, two tablespoons works perfectly and isn’t at all overpowering.

If you add more alcohol to your fudge make sure you add more chocolate to compensate otherwise the ratio of chocolate to liquid won’t be right and the fudge won’t set properly. Making slow cooker fudge is a bit like science!

If you don’t want to use alcohol in this Slow Cooker Amaretto fudge recipe you can buy an Amaretto syrup or flavouring to use instead of the Amaretto liqueur and it will have much the same results.

You can also use as many glace cherries as you like. We used 300g for this recipe but you can use more of less depending on your preference. You could also leave the cherries out completely if you’re not a fan or switch them for something else – maybe dried mixed fruit to give a more seasonal taste to the chocolate Amaretto fudge.

Why should I make slow cooker fudge?

Slow cooker fudge is quite and easy to make, it’s fantastic to give as gifts and lovely to share at any time through the year and there are so many different flavours to try too. Different fudge options have become some of our favourite slow cooker recipes.

How long does slow cooker fudge keep for?

Slow cooker fudge keeps well in the fridge, in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. The flavour matures over the first couple of days of it being in the fridge so you get the full Amaretto flavour after it’s been in the fridge for a few days.

Can you make slow cooker fudge with evaporated milk?

Slow cooker fudge works because condensed milk has a really high sugar content, needed to create that beautifully rich fudge. Evaporated milk isn’t the same, doesn’t have that sugar content and isn’t thick enough to help the fudge thicken and set. You can’t use evaporated milk in these recipes – get some condensed milk instead.

Do you cook slow cooker fudge high or low temperature?

We always cook fudge on a high slow cooker temperature setting and it takes around 40 minutes in total. You could make it on the low setting but it would take longer and would still need to be stirred regularly. You may as well keep the slow cooker on high and be done in under an hour!

When cooking, is the slow cooker fudge lid on or off?

When making slow cooker fudge, you need to remove the slow cooker lid otherwise excess moisture would be retained in the slow cooker pot and the fudge wouldn’t thicken as it needs to.

Can you make microwave Amaretto fudge?

If you don’t have a slow cooker you can make this easy fudge recipe in the microwave but I much prefer the control that using the slow cooker gives me. For a microwave version just put the first ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and cook for short bursts in the microwave, storring regularly.

If you’re looking for other slow cooker fudge recipes to try why not check out a simple slow cooker chocolate fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge, Salted Caramel Fudge or Terry’s Chocolate Orange Fudge? You can see all our fudge recipes to date here.

What equipment do you need to make slow cooker fudge?

Slow cooker fudge doesn’t need anything special to make it, and you probably already have everything you need at home, but this is the equipment we use:

Once you’ve got everything you need to make the fudge you can just keep making it again and again – in so many different flavours too!

So here’s our delicious Amaretto and Cherry Slow Cooker Fudge recipe:

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Break the chocolate up and add to the slow cooker bowl with the sweetened condensed milk and Amaretto
  • Turn the slow cooker on to high and leave to cook for 40 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally – every ten minutes.
  • When completely melted, thick and well combined, remove from the heat and stir the glacé cherries into the chocolate mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into a tin lined with parchment paper or silicone baking tray and put in the fridge to set – preferably overnight.

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Amaretto and Cherry Slow Cooker Fudge

Amaretto, cherry and chocolate work so well together and create a lovely, rich and flavoursome fudge that can be enjoyed all year round.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 148kcal

Ingredients

  • 397 ml condensed milk
  • 200 g white chocolate – can be bars or sweet chocolate chips
  • 500 g milk chocolate – can be bars or sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp Disaronno Amaretto
  • 300 g glace cherries

Instructions

  • Break the chocolate up and add to the slow cooker bowl with the sweetened condensed milk and Amaretto
  • Turn the slow cooker on to high and leave to cook for 40 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally – every ten minutes.
  • When completely melted, thick and well combined, remove from the heat and stir the glacé cherries into the chocolate mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into a tin lined with parchment paper or silicone baking tray and put in the fridge to set – preferably overnight.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Amaretto and Cherry Slow Cooker Fudge

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  • Tried this one but couldn’t taste the Amaretto. WIll try again with more booze and some extra chocolate to help it set

  • re made with 1/3 cup amaretto and 800g of chocolate, increased the cherries a bit too. Was absolutely fabulous with a good taste of alcohol.

  • Hi ,I never write reviews for recipes. However, I think this deservesa review lol . I just made the biscotti fudge.Only the second time I have made slow cooker fudge,I cant believe how easy it is. It’s so delicious, definitely going to try the cherry bakewell. Thanks ,looking forward to more fudge making .

    • Oh Janet – thank you so much for commenting, especially as you never normally review recipes! I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the fudge, making it has kept me sane through the pandemic! x

  • The fudge I make never has to be refrigerated to become properly firm. Will this recipe set up well by leaving on the counter? If it is going to be kept for at least a few days will it need to be refrigerated anyway due to ingredients used/to keep it’s flavor? Thanks!

    • I’ve only ever refrigerated this so couldn’t say if it would set properly without being put in the fridge. However, all our fudge recipes stay set once firm even when not kept in the fridge.