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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fudge

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For the love of fudge! I really do enjoy fudge, but it isn’t something I have very often. So, when creating a recipe just to support our new love for Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup… I knew this was going to be something pretty special. Now, you don’t have to use this particular maple syrup in order to enjoy this recipe, but sometimes it’s the finer details in a recipe that can make it all that much more special.

To be honest, the first inspiration for this fudge took place while we were attending our local Harvest Fest. We always enjoy going every year so we can see all the artistic creations, smell the amazing food, drool over it, and then leave with an empty belly. lol

Yep, this is how these outings typically go… “Oh babe, can you smell those roasted candied nuts that they are giving samples of out?” … I grab his hand in the nick of time! “They are loaded with refined sugar and corn syrup babe.” We keep walking.

“Sweetheart, OMG smell that popcorn!”… “It’s making me hungry!” (sometimes I forget that Bob can’t smell) … “Too bad we don’t eat those artificial chemicals that are supposed to resemble butter or GMO popcorn. We keep walking.

“FUDGE! They are handing out fudge samples! Look at all those flavors!” Dang, we don’t eat 95% of the ingredients that they used. We keep walking.

I could go on and on because there were about ten other food vendors down that one aisle. But you get the picture.

A Trip to Costco

It wasn’t too long after that when we motored our way to Costco to stock up on some necessities. HAHA, who am I kidding… I could build a tiny home just out of the case of toilet paper that I threw in the buggy. I swear that I spend most of the time trying to navigate my way through the aisles without running anyone down.

But even in my concentration of not taking another person’s life with my 4-wheeled, shiny, chromed buggy…  I spied a jar of Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. Hmm? We don’t do much sugar (especially as of late), but maple syrup is one sweetener that we always keep stocked. So, I decided to give this a try. I know it isn’t raw and if that doesn’t sit well with you, you could easily swap it out for a sweetener that you use.

This fudge turned out creamy, thick, sticky, and delicious. I took a tiny nibble! (shhh) When it comes to gift giving, I am always seeking out an interesting way to package an item. For the fudge, I placed it into a clamshell container and attached a spoon to it. I thought it would be fun to take tiny bites, making sure to savor each bite. Of course, you can serve it up anyway that you want.

How to get that Irresistible Creamy Texture

The key to getting a creaming texture is to make sure that all of your powders are free from lumps. Run them through a pastry sifter if need be. A lumpy powder = lumpy fudge. Also, make sure that the almond butter you use is creamy, not chunky.  And lastly, you will want to use a fine almond flour. You can either purchase this (not raw), or you can make your own by dehydrating almond pulp and then grinding it to a flour. Whole almonds will not grind to a fine powder and will leave the fudge grainy feeling on the tongue.

That about sums it up for today. It’s time to get busy in the kitchen so we can share our creations with those we come in contact with. Have a blessed day, amie sue


Yields: 2 cups

  • 1 1/2 cups (100g) cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup (33 g) lucuma powder
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) fine almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp (7 g) Himalayan sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (218 g) maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (122 g) almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp (9 g) vanilla extract


  1. Place the cacao powder, lucuma, almond flour, and salt in the food processor and pulse together.
  2. Remove the lid to the food processor and add the maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla. Return the lid and process until the batter is creamy. It will be very thick so don’t double this recipe.
    • If you wish, you can mix this all by hand, but I found that it doesn’t get as well incorporated.
  3. Press into a pan or mold of choice and chill.
  4. This can sit at room temp of 70 degrees (F) and hold just fine. You can place in the fridge to extend the shelf life or freeze it for up to a month or so.

8 thoughts on “Bourbon Barrel Aged Fudge

  1. Joanie says:

    Hi Amie Sue- this sounds perfect for Christmas! Is there a substitute for lacuma powder? Joanie

    • amie-sue says:

      Good day Joanie,

      You could replace it with more almond flour if you wanted. I added it for its nutritional value. It is naturally rich in beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. It is also a good source of at least a dozen trace nutrients, antioxidants, and key micronutrients. It also adds a unique hint of flavor as well. Enjoy and let me know if you make it. blessings and happy holidays, amie sue

  2. Glorianne says:

    I just bought a bottle of this maple syrup at Costco on Wednesday. Just added this to my favorites Amie Sue! My kid and his girl is coming home next week and this will be great treat to welcome my fellow vegans! I have all the ingredients too! Mahalo nui!

  3. Veronica says:

    Hi Amie Sue,

    Your recipe sounded so good that I had to order organic bourbon barrel aged maple syrup from Vermont. (The shipping cost almost as much as the syrup and the Swedish customs added VAT and handling fee to that, but it was worth it, I love that maple syrup! :) )

    The fudge is amazing, so thick, chocolatey and fudgy!!! I poured it into jars, one for myself and three smaller ones to give away. I like having healthy desserts at hand, a spoon of the fudge together with some berries, Yum!! :)


    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Veronica.

      That is some dedication in trying a recipe! hehe Shew! I am beyond thrilled that you are loving it. This recipe freezes really well too which makes it great because you can tuck back in the freezer corner and later down the road you can surprise yourself with a yummy indulgence. hehe Always a great pleasure to hear from you. Bob and I were in IKEA yesterday and I thought of you. hehe I hope you are having a wonderful week. love and hugs, amie sue

  4. Lyn says:

    Hello Amie Sue,
    I saw this maple syrup at Costco, thought what could I do with that…………now I am gonna run to Costco and see if they still have it!!!! Dummy me…..I should have bought some!!! :] Lyn P.S. This recipe looks yummy….that’s why it has me running to the store!!! :]

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Lyn,

      Did you end up going back for some? lol You always crack me up. I hope you had a wonderful day. Keep me posted if you give this recipe a try. Blessings and hugs, amie sue

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