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22 January 2016

Fudge takes the spice route

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Not all fudges are the same especially when it comes in flavours like these.
Hibiscus Lily use their spice combining know-how to create luxury melt-in-the-mouth fudge that is bursting with exciting taste sensations.

You could go for more traditional flavours but if you like something more adventurous we recommend you explore these.

Chai Latte Fudge (main image)
Lets start with Chai Latte as we think this a good entry level spicy fudge. It is smooth and extremely enjoyable if you’re not keen on bits.
The flavour is fragrant and warm, not hot and has a calming sweet perfume from cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. True to its chai name, tea is included giving depth and roundness.


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Spicy Cashew Nut Fudge (above)
For those who don’t mind bits and perhaps prefer some contrasting textures, this creamy fudge combines the velvety with the slightly crunchy.
Spicy cashew nuts bring aromatic cardamon, cinnamon and cloves again but also a spike of black pepper and a good dash of cumin. We didn’t think cumin ought to be in something sweet, as it has such any earthy taste, but this really works and the savoury/sweet combination makes the fudge strangely addictive.


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Spicy Ginger Fudge (above)
Turning up the spice thermostat a notch now, this fudge is gorgeously comforting with pieces of crystallised ginger delivering a crispy spiky tingle.
Following the spice theme of the previous fudges, the scent of cardamon, cinnamon and cloves is subtle. There’s a hint of fennel too for a very slight aniseed flavour.


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Chilli Chocolate Fudge (above)
Chilli and chocolate has become a widely accepted partnership, but for it to work, the balance needs to be just right. Hibiscus Lily has found the formula of a good full-bodied dark chocolate to stand up to the power of the chilli.
However this fudge is nothing to be scared of as it doesn’t rage with heat but builds gradually making the experience richly satisfying.


We are pleased to award Hibiscus Lily our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Chai Latte Fudge, Spicy Cashew Nut Fudge, Spicy Ginger Fudge and Chilli Chocolate Fudge.


To find out more about Hibiscus Lily visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here where you’ll find a link to their website for further information and to buy online.

20 January 2016

Delectable Pecan Brittle and Almond Bark from Fudge Kitchen

(left to right) Chantelle, Harley and Sophie hand rolling caramel for Pecan Turtles 
at Fudge Kitchen’s Kent production facility.
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Along with their handmade premium fudge and their unique wholesale gourmet butter fudge, Fudge Kitchen has now branched out into other sugar confectionery products.
Still using traditional methods and only top notch, authentic, natural ingredients they have added the Delectables range of brittles and caramels.

Following their successful Peanut Brittle, Fruit Caramels and Pecan Turtles, Fudge Kitchen have now introduced Almond Bark and a Pecan Brittle both produced with Fudge Kitchen’s style and commitment to producing the best, with a twist.

MD Sian Holt explains: 
“Our caramels are smooth and soft: some chew, but still melting; and our brittles are thin with a deep caramel undertone and that vital crunch.”

Still hand made in small batches by an artisan staff, beautifully packaged and hand decorated, all five Delectables are the perfect gift for a host, a coffee morning contribution or, as a deceptively affordable luxury in a growing self-gifting market.

Pecan Brittle
True to the Delectables theme of perfect texture and taste, the salty, savoury crunch of buttery pecan within the sweet snap of brittle, hand stretched on marble counters, is a superlative combination.

Almond Bark
A gourmand’s Daim bar, here the rich butteriness of hand rolled sea salted caramel is shot through with dense strata of crunchy fresh almonds, all covered with a thick layer of smooth milk chocolate. This bark just gets better with every bite.






To find out more about Fudge Kitchen visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here

19 January 2016

Win Brazilian Cook Sauces from Capsicana

We have great competition this month thanks to Capsicana who have kindly offered four cases of their Chilli & Coconut Brazilian Cook Sauce as prizes to go to four lucky winners.

Timed perfectly to coincide with the Rio Carnival which starts on 5th February, you could be enjoying some exciting latin flavours while viewing the colourful spectacle.
Even if you have two left feet and not up to a samba, this sauce is guaranteed to have your taste buds dancing instead. Read our review to find out more.

Capsicana regularly update their tumblr page with new recipe ideas to keep you inspired.

For your chance to win a case of Capsicana Chilli & Coconut Brazilian Cook Sauce, head over to The Artisan Food Trail website to enter.

Sorry this competition has now closed

18 January 2016

From Fudge Kitchen with love

Valentine’s Day is so full of red roses and heart-shaped gifts, but what if you want to be a little different?
Fudge Kitchen has the delicious solution with gorgeously packaged seasonal selections to a full on Fudge Making Experience for two…

Slim Sliders
Six miniature chunks of creamy gourmet fudge in Sea Salted Caramel, White Chocolate & Raspberry and Chocolate Rose in an elegant bronze sliding tray.

Fudge Treats
12 individually hand tied, miniature parcels of superlatively smooth fudge in Sea Salted Caramel and White Chocolate & Raspberry.

Valentines Hamper
A pretty ribboned box of Fudge Kitchen gems. Everything your beloved will need, in fact, for a cosy night on the settee, including:

  • Ceramic Fudge Kitchen logo mug with ceramic spoon
  • 2 sachets of Rich Chocolate Drinking Fudge
  • 1 packet of mini marshmallows
  • 1 Valentines Slim Slider

Just add hot milk, a RomCom and the tissues.

Fudge in my Kitchen Love Kit
Fudge in my Kitchen kits come in four varieties and each is 1kg of warm, silken fudge just waiting to happen.
The love kit enables you to make three different flavours; Strawberries & Cream, Chocolate Brownie and Sea Salted Caramel. Just add whipping cream or soya milk and a whole lotta lurve.
A thermometer, apron, spatulas and all natural, gluten-free ingredients and decorations are all included. Use the freeze-dried strawberries, crushed meringue, mint crunch and dark chocolate to add your own special finishing touches.

All these edible treats are available from selected stockists and www.fudgekitchen.co.uk

Fudge Making Experience
Spend an hour with your Valentine learning about the history of fudge, the science behind the temperatures, watch a demonstration before trying your own hand at the traditional “creaming and loafing” technique on a 5ft marble table. Herein lies the secret of Fudge Kitchen’s supremely creamy fudge.
You may decide to create a personalised flavour for your cherished one;
although, with over 20 Fudge Kitchen recipes to choose (and sample) from, ranging from Lemon Meringue Pie to Sea Salted Caramel, you won’t struggle to find their favourite. And with a beautifully packaged box of four slices of your creation to take home too, this will be one year when you’ll score some serious (chocolate) brownie points.

£50 Fudge Making Experience gift certificates for two are available from
www.fudgekitchen.co.uk or from any of Fudge Kitchen’s nationwide stores in Bath, York, Cambridge, Windsor, Canterbury, Edinburgh and Oxford. Experiences are redeemable at any of these seven shops.

To find out more about Fudge Kitchen visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here