What The Fudge

What The Fudge

What The Fudge is super spicy dark chocolate fudge made with dried Ghost Pepper and Chipotle Pepper powder. So hot it will make you go What The Fudge?!

What The Fudge?

Yeah! What The Fudge, man! Some of you that follow this blog may already know that I LOVE spicy food. Like, sometimes I think there’s something wrong with my taste buds because food just never has enough pepper. I actually read an article that men who eat spicier food have more testosterone. Yeah! Manly Things! Chainsaws! Motorcycles! Tough Mudder!!!

Well, my manliness aside, spicy food is amazing and it’s actually quite good for you if you eat spicy food! Since stuff is never up to my spicy snuff, I went out and got the hottest pepper in the world; the Ghost Pepper. Actually, its now the 3rd hottest because some crazy bastard in North Carolina crossbred the ghost pepper with a red habanero pepper to make the Carolina Reaper, but needless to say, the Ghost Pepper is still really fucking hot. I’ve previously made 2 recipes that feature the Ghost Pepper, so if you want more spiciness check out my WTF Sauce or my Festivus Beets of Strength.

Fudge, Man.

Yeah! So here’s something I’ve known all my life: fudge is delicious. Here’s something I recently found out: Fudge is really easy to make! I can’t explain it, but there’s something dirty about that last sentence… Basically you just throw a bunch of things in a pot and cook until it’s reached the correct temperature. I know, there’s more to it than that, but this recipe takes only 15 minutes plus the time it takes for the fudge to set. So, let’s just get fudging motherfudgers!

Ingredients, ASSEMBLE!

Well, first thing’s first. We need to gather the ingredients but most local places don’t sell Ghost Pepper Powder. Thankfully, as with almost anything, you can get it on Amazon. I also wanted to add a bit more of an umami, smoky flavor to the fudge to accent the Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips so I’m using chipotle chili powder. It actually makes for an interesting flavor that starts, chocolaty, turns smoky, and ends really spicy. That sounds like perfection to me! You can get chipotle chili powder in most grocery stores and also, you guessed it, Amazon. Lastly, we need some fudge basics like Marshmallow Fluff, evaporated milk, and regular white sugar.

Now, like I said, fudge is really easy to make. Start by lining an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper leaving extra on the sides to use as handles later. Next, put a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt completely. Then, add the fluff, sugar, evaporated milk, and salt. Immediately clip a candy thermometer to the pot and start to measure the temperature.

Candy Thermometer?

Oh did I forget to mention that? You need to get a candy thermometer. A good candy thermometer will run you no more than 20 dollars and it’s necessary that you monitor the temperature of the fudge to know when you get to the perfect temperature in which all the ingredients are melted but not burnt. So with your candy thermometer thermomitizing, bring the mixture to between 225ºF and 235ºF. This is called “The Softball Stage”. Immediately turn off the heat, remove the thermometer, and add the chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and both chili powders. Stir it up until it’s well combined and pour the mixture into the 8×8 pan. Smooth out the top with a silicone spatula and let it cool on the counter. As soon as it’s cool, put it in the fridge and chill for 2 hours.

After 2 hours it should have hardened and set into melt in your mouth, spicy fudge. Cut into 1 inch cubes and serve, or eat it all, not gonna judge.

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This recipe requires a little something special. Here’s a list of what you will need:
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What The Fudge

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What The Fudge

Super Spicy Dark Chocolate Fudge with chipotle and ghost pepper.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Fudge, Ghost Peppers, Spicy Chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 Pieces
Calories 255 kcal
Author Matt Cetta


  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 7 Ounce Jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 10 Ounce Bag Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Chipotle Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ghost Pepper Powder


  1. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper leaving extra paper to use as handles later.
  2. In a large heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add fluff, sugar, evaporated milk, and salt. Attach your candy thermometer to the pot and bring the mixture to the “softball stage” (225ºF to 235ºF) This should take about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Immediately turn off the heat and add the dark chocolate chips, vanilla, and chilli powders to the mixture. Stir well to mix it all together.
  4. Pour into the 8 x 8 inch pan and smooth the top with a silicon spatula. Let the fudge cool to room temperature (about 5 minutes) and then put it into the fridge for 2 hours.
  5. Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces and serve.

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19 responses to “What The Fudge”

  1. Ghost pepper powder and marshmallow fluff just got added to my grocery list. YUM!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Awww yeah!

  2. I love this idea! They sounds so amazing… I love the little pecan on the top!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Megan, those are ghost pepper flakes!

  3. This is 1) gorgeous and 2) brilliant! I love this idea, but my spice-loving son got even more super-excited about it! (I’m not so sure I want him to get into chainsaws and motorcycles just yet though … I kinda omitted that testosterone part when I told him about this 😀 !) Great recipe!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Shelley, if he can handle this fudge, he’s officially a man. Like a spicy bar mitzvah!

  4. Love, love fudge, I want to make my own soon!

  5. Good thing I love spice too because this fudge looks awesome!

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Meg, I’m all about that spice, bout that spice!

  6. There’s just something about chocolate and heat that pair so well together. I’m sure this fudge is just amazing.

  7. Smokey and spicy and chocolate? Sounds amazing! What a great twist on fudge!

  8. Brianne

    Holy fudge – this looks good! I haven’t had fudge in a long time, but that might change since yours looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing:D

    1. Matthew Cetta

      Brianne, you should try it! It’s so easy!

  9. Spicy fudge?!?!? I’m all over it! YUM!!

  10. Delicious! I love spice in my chocolate and this recipe looks divine. Super cool photograph, too.

  11. We usually only make fudge at Christmas, but you have got me wanting to make fudge again now!

  12. fudge with spice and is chocolate, err……. Yes Please!

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