Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge

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I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love After Eights. That wonderful mix of rich dark chocolate and mint fondant. After Eights always remind me of Christmas when I was small, being handed a solitary mint chocolate in it’s little wrapper after dinner whilst the adults enjoyed their coffee. They’re as reminiscent of Christmases gone by as a big tub of Quality Street!

It always felt like such a huge treat and something savoured over the festive season as well as one of our favourite Christmas sweets. But now I’ve realised After Eights aren’t just for Christmas and they’re not just reserved for after dinner either.

They’re actually fantastic for the whole family to enjoy at any time so I thought I’d create an After Eight fudge so we can enjoy them on a whole new level.

What chocolate should we use for this recipe?

This dark chocolate fudge is very rich and can be toned down slightly by using milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate but I wanted to have a really true After Eight flavour which I think is only possible when using all dark chocolate for this recipe.

Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge

Unlike other fudge flavours we’ve created, this wonderful mint fudge recipe uses a mix of After Eights and dark chocolate to make sure the fudge sets properly. The mint fondant in the After Eight chocolates changes the consistency of the fudge quite a lot so if you use all After Eights and no plain chocolate the fudge just won’t set quite right.

Can you refrigerate this fudge?

This also means that the fudge doesn’t last as well in the fridge. If you’re not going to be making it straight away, make sure there’s a whole After Eight Mini on the top of each piece. If any are open, with the fondant showing, the fondant will melt in the fridge. Or, alternatively, don’t put the After Eights on top and then it will store happily in the fridge for a few weeks in an airtight container.

Can you make this fudge in the microwave?

Many people make fudge in the microwave but I much prefer the control I have when I make it in the crock pot or slow cooker. If you don’t have a slow cooker, make it in the fudge by putting the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heating on short bursts in the microwave, stirring in between. Then follow the instructions as per the recipe below.

Can you make slow cooker fudge with evaporated milk?

Our 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 – so 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.

Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge

Can I make this fudge without After Eights?

If you don’t have After Eights you could still create a really nice fudge recipe reminiscent of After Eights by using a tin of condensed milk, 500g dark chocolate and a tablespoon of peppermint extract. It would create a really lovely dark mint chocolate fudge you can enjoy throughout the year – not just in December!

Slow cooker fudge is so lovely to give as a gift and this home made fudge would be great as a Christmas gift or an end of term teacher gift. We put the fudge pieces into individual gift bags tied with a ribbon – so simple.

You could also try this recipe with different After Eight flavours – the new Gin & Tonic After Eights, White Chocolate After Eights, After Eight Strawberry or any other milk chocolate After Eights you find in the shops. Let me know how they turn out!

If you’re looking for other delicious slow cooker fudge ideas to try you can find all our fudge flavours to date here and we have to recommend the Terry’s Chocolate Orange fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge and the Lotus Biscoff fudge too!

Plus, if you’re looking for other After Eight recipes, watch this space. I have so many in the pipeline – an After Eight tray bake, After Eight Cheesecake, After Eight Brownies, After Eight Muffins and even an After Eight Mousse recipe!

Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge

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 easy Slow Cooker After Eight Mint Fudge recipe:

Ingredients

  • A 397 ml tin condensed milk
  • 200g Nestlé After Eights
  • 300g Dark Chocolate – can be bars or chocolate chips.

To decorate:

  • Mini After Eights

Instructions

  • Break the dark chocolate up into pieces and add to the slow cooker bowl with the sweetened condensed milk and After Eight mints.
  • Turn the slow cooker on to high and leave to cook for 40 minutes with the lid off, stirring every ten minutes.
  • When melted, thick and well combined, pour the mixture into a tin lined with parchment paper or silicone baking tray.
  • Top with the Mini After Eights and put in the fridge to set – preferably overnight.

If you’d like to pin or print this Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge recipe for later you can do so below. Happy baking!

Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge

This fudge tastes just like After Eights and is so easy to make. A really rich and delicious sweet treat you can enjoy all year round.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword fudge, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 104kcal

Ingredients

  • 397 ml tin condensed milk
  • 200 g After Eights
  • 300 g Dark Chocolate

To decorate:

  • 50 g Mini After Eights

Instructions

  • Break the dark chocolate up into pieces and add to the slow cooker bowl with the sweetened condensed milk and After Eights.
  • Turn the slow cooker on to high and leave to cook for 40 minutes with the lid off, stirring every ten minutes.
  • When melted, thick and well combined, pour the mixture into a tin lined with parchment paper or silicone baking tray.
  • Top with the Mini After Eights 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.

Slow Cooker After Eight Fudge

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    • Hi Holly, it keeps well in the fridge for a couple of weeks but any pieces with ‘open’ After Eight chunks on the top will have the middles slide out! If they’re whole After Eights on top it isn’t a problem x