Fudge is one of the most well-loved treats that you can make, and many people say that it’s hands-down the best dessert.
It can be a little tricky to make for beginners, but it’s well worth the effort. If you’ve recently made homemade fudge, you are likely pleased with the results.
Sometimes you might get a bit overzealous and make more than you can finish, though. When you have a lot of leftover fudge, you’ll want to find some use for it.
Read on for some simple ideas so those leftovers don’t go to waste.
1 – Freeze the Fudge
One of the best options is to simply freeze the fudge and eat it later. Don’t feel like you have to rush to eat the fudge before it goes bad if you happen to make too much of it.
Get a freezer-safe airtight container to store it. Once you have what you need, you’ll be able to put it into the container and then place it in the freezer.
When you freeze fudge, it’s supposed to stay good for up to three months. To ensure that you eat it before it goes bad, it’ll be best to write the date somewhere on the container.
Before eating it, you’ll just need to let it thaw. This shouldn’t take too long and the fudge will still taste great so long as it hasn’t been frozen for more than three months.
2 – Make S’mores
Many people love to turn leftover fudge into delicious S’mores. S’mores are traditionally a dessert that uses Hershey’s chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers.
There are a few different ways that you can use fudge to make this dessert. Some people like to just dip marshmallows in chocolate and put them on top of the fudge.
You could also use fudge in place of the chocolate bar. Put it between two graham crackers and put some marshmallows on top of it.
It isn’t possible to heat things up over an open fire, though. You can warm the fudge in a microwave and do the same thing for the marshmallows.
3 – Use Fudge as an Ice Cream Topping
Using fudge as an ice cream topping will be very satisfying. Do you like to enjoy ice cream as a treat on the weekends?
Your leftover fudge could wind up being the perfect topping. Simply cut the fudge up and then sprinkle it all over a bowl of your favorite ice cream.
Fudge should be an excellent topping for many different ice cream flavors. It can turn standard vanilla ice cream into a truly memorable treat.
Of course, you could still use other toppings if you want to. Combine the fudge with whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate sauce if you want to.
4 – Give Some Away
Give some of the leftover fudge away if you’re worried that you won’t use it all in time. It’ll be satisfying to give it to some of your closest friends and family members.
Ask the people you’re close to whether they would like to help you eat it. Many of your friends and family members will likely be willing to have some.
You could invite them over to have coffee and enjoy some fudge. Or you could simply put some of it in a container and give it out to people directly.
Either way, it’s a good idea to enlist help when you have too much fudge to eat. Eating it all by yourself might sound fun at first, but you don’t want to go overboard.
Perhaps your neighbors might want some of your fudge as well. If you are close enough to someone to ask if they would like some food, feel free to see if they want to help you finish it.
5 – Use Fudge with Savory Dishes
This idea is going to sound very strange to some people. However, sweet treats such as fudge can actually pair nicely with savory dishes.
Have you ever thought about putting some fudge in your beef stew? You likely haven’t, but it can actually be very good overall.
Many people use leftover pieces of fudge to add something sweet to savory dishes such as beef stew, autumn soup, and chicken pot pie. Although this might sound off-putting at first, you shouldn’t balk at it until you’ve tried it yourself.
You can even put pieces of it under chicken breasts before you bake them in the oven. It can make a very interesting dish that is different from the standard meals that you typically eat.
Of course, not everyone is going to appreciate this sweet and savory combination. If this idea intrigues you, you should try it out to see if you like it.
You just might be surprised by how much you’ll enjoy this. If you didn’t enjoy it that much, you can simply retire the idea and utilize leftover fudge in other ways moving forward.
How Long Does Fudge Stay Good?
You want to use the leftover fudge up before it goes bad. However, you might not know exactly how long it’ll take for it to go bad.
Earlier, you learned that you can freeze it so that you can eat it later. It can stay good for up to three months in the freezer so long as you’re using an airtight container.
How long does it stay good without freezing it? Is it going to stay good for several weeks or will it only be good for a few days?
It is indeed possible to keep fudge good for weeks, but you’ll need to keep it cool. Ideally, you should be putting it in the refrigerator.
If you put it in a storage container and then put it in the fridge, it’ll stay good for two to three weeks. This should give you more than enough time to eat it up.
Of course, if you keep the fudge at room temperature, it’s not going to last as long. It should still stay good for at least one week, though.
Some people have said that it’ll last for a bit longer than a week at room temperature. It might depend on various factors such as what type of storage container you keep it in.
You have several ways that you can use leftover fudge before it goes bad. It’ll stay good for at least a week at room temperature, but it can last for weeks longer if you put it in the fridge.
Freezing it will allow it to stay good for up to three months. If you don’t want to freeze it, you could use it as an ice cream topping.
Another option is to make S’mores using fudge instead of chocolate bars. Simply pick an option that appeals to you and then eat it to your heart’s content.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.