Melting chocolate in the microwave makes the process really easy and quick—no double boiler, no water bath necessary. To prepare this festive fudge, just stir a few flavorings into the melted-chocolate base. We add pistachios, dried cherries and candied ginger but white chocolate chips, dried apricots or chopped walnuts would give it the proper crunch and sweet-tangy notes, too.
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Nonstick cooking spray
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon Cointreau
2/3 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup minced candied ginger
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
How to Make It
Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate in 30-second bursts for about 1 1/2 minutes, until melted. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the condensed milk, cocoa powder, kosher salt and Cointreau until combined. Microwave for 1 minute, until the fudge loosens slightly. Stir in the pistachios, cherries and ginger until just combined. Scrape the fudge into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.
Using the parchment overhang, lift the fudge out of the baking dish and transfer to a cutting board. Sprinkle the top with turbinado sugar and flaky salt, cut into 1-inch squares and serve.
The fudge can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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