Slow Cooker Love Hearts Fudge

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I’ve been working through slow cooker fudge recipes based around popular chocolate brands but I thought I’d give other confectionary a try. One of the most iconic sweets are Swizzels Matlow Love Hearts and so this is the first sweetie fudge I tried – and it works really well.

This isn’t a traditional fudge recipe. It uses fewer ingredients and you don’t need a candy thermometer. It’s not authentic crumbly fudge that you buy in bars in the shop but, it’s a lovely, easy fudge recipe with condensed milk that you can make at home and be really proud of.

How do you make this easy fudge taste like Love Hearts?

This fudge has got Love Heart sweets in the fudge mix and also on top of the fudge. We used a food processor to turn the Love Hearts to a fine powder for in the fudge, with full Love Hearts sweets on top. But, if you wanted you could just break up the Love Hearts to have fizzy chunks within the fudge too. Whatever you prefer.

The Love Hearts give this fudge a slightly fizzy taste that works so well with white chocolate. You could use milk chocolate if you wanted – 500g instead of 600g of white chocolate and without the vanilla – but I prefer the flavour combination of the white chocolate with the fizz and the taste of the Love Hearts. I think milk chocolate may overpower the Love Heart flavour.

Can I change the colour or shape of this fudge?

Another option with this fudge is to add a few drops of food coloring to make it any colour you like to compliment the Love Heart colours. You could even use silicon moulds to make fudge hearts if you wanted which would be perfect for Valentines Day – white chocolate fudge in heart shaped fudge bites!

Alternatively, once the fudge is set you could use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from it – eating the offcuts to save any waste! Who wouldn’t love heart fudge candy bites for Valentines in February?

Can I 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.

How long does slow cooker fudge keep for?

This 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 flavour after it’s been in the fridge for a day or two.

Can you make slow cooker fudge with evaporated milk?

Our slow cooker fudge works because condensed milk has a really high sugar content. 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.

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.

This easy fudge recipe is such a simple one that you can make at any time of the year – and that children will love. The Love Hearts candy sweets are so easily available and it’s so easy to make. It also keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of weeks and is great to give as gifts in little gift bags too.

If you’re looking for other fudge recipes to try why not give our basic white chocolate fudge a try, or our Cherry Bakewell Fudge, Mint Aero Fudge, Cookies & Cream fudge, Caramac Fudge or Peanut Butter Fudge? You can see all our fudge recipes so far 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 recipe for perfect Love Hearts Chocolate Fudge recipe made in the slow cooker:

Ingredients

  • A 397 ml tin condensed milk
  • 600 g white chocolate – can be bars or sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 100g Love Hearts sweets – crushed

To decorate

Instructions

  • Break the chocolate up and add to the slow cooker bowl with the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and crushed Love Hearts.
  • 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
  • Press the Love Hearts in the top of the fudge and put in the fridge to set – preferably overnight.

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

Slow Cooker Love Hearts Fudge

This easy fudge recipe is such a simple one that you can make at any time of the year – and that children will love. The Love Hearts candy sweets are so easily available and it’s so easy to make.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword fudge, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 40 servings

Ingredients

  • 397 ml tin condensed milk
  • 600 g white chocolate can be bars or sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g Love Hearts sweets crushed

To decorate

  • 40 g Love Hearts sweets

Instructions

  • Break the chocolate up and add to the slow cooker bowl with the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and crushed Love Hearts.
  • 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
  • Press the Love Hearts in the top of the fudge 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 Love Hearts Fudge

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