Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Jim Beam Fudge

I don’t think I’m a fudge fan. I know it sounds a little weird, but I find fudge a little too sweet and not chocolatey enough. Every once in a while I’ll come across a piece of fresh fudge that brings that additional fudge element to it - that crumbly melt in your mouth quality. I don’t know if that’s something that’s supposed to be in fudge or if it’s bad fudge, but that’s the way I like it.

That’s one of the reasons I avoid pre-packaged fudge, it just never has that fresh, light and rich feeling to it. But still, I was pretty interested in the Jim Beam Chocolate Bourbon Fudge from Country Fresh Food & Confections of Tennessee - I figured they knew what they were doing. Their booth at the All Candy Expo seemed constantly mobbed. I tried a few pieces of their liquor flavored fudges and found them a little dry and tasteless, but I figured that was because they were sitting out on plates all day.

But the place was packed in there was a bit of a buzz about the liquor fudge, so maybe I’ve got this whole thing wrong (but know that there’s not actually any alcohol in there, just some natural and artificial flavors). Maybe everyone but me loves the stuff.


Here’s the thing: I don’t know much about find Kentucky Bourbon. So when I tried this fudge, it tasted like bubble gum to me. Chocolate, fudgy bubble gum. That bubble gum flavor is hard to pin down, but now I’m pretty sure it’s bourbon or rum or some liquor flavor that kids aren’t sophisticated enough to like yet. The line of alcohol flavored fudges also come in Kahlua, Malibu, Sauza, Tia Maria & Courvoisier.

The texture is a little gummy as well, the melt in your mouth quality just isn’t there. It’s nicely chocolatey and ultra smooth, but it’s just not that wonderful new crystalline arrangement that fresh fudge usually has.

I’ve gotta give this a pass. However, I’m going to try some fresh fudge on Friday night and local folks are welcome to join me at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles (3rd & Fairfax) from 6PM to 9PM to try some Littlejohn fudge (and perhaps toffee while we’re at it).

Name: Jim Beam Chocolate Bourbon Fudge
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Country Fresh Food & Confections, Inc.
Place Purchased: All Candy Expo sample
Price: unknown
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:08 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. That bubble gum flavor is hard to pin down, but now I?m pretty sure it?s bourbon or rum or some liquor flavor that kids aren?t sophisticated enough to like yet.

    Hey, maybe you’re on to something here. One of my children needed medication when he was pretty young, not quite 2. For some reason, bubble gum flavoring is supposed to be a big selling point. I always wondered why, since most 1 year olds haven’t ever chewed bubble gum (they would swallow it!). Maybe the bubble gum flavoring is a throwback to the patent medicine days when all remedies were heavy on the alcohol and low on the “active ingredients”...

    Comment by Tricia on 6/27/06 at 6:24 am #
  2. wow, i’ll actually be in Los Angeles on Friday night! i wonder if i can convince my brother to take me…

    need any candy from New Orleans? smile

    Comment by Pam on 6/27/06 at 6:29 am #
  3. i think we’re in the minority, but i also prefer fudge that’s slightly crumbly.  when i make it myself, i always cook the sugar a tiny bit longer than you’re supposed to in order to get the texture right.

    Comment by Ruffy on 6/27/06 at 6:37 am #
  4. I definitely never encountered bourbon that tastes like bubble gum, and frankly, I’m not keen to. I’m not a huge fudge fan, either, but Tia Maria sounds like a promising flavor.

    Comment by Nic on 6/27/06 at 7:08 am #
  5. You should try Mackinac Island Fudge (made on Mackinac Island in Michigan—it’s a style of fudge made all over the island by various shops, it’s fun to walk around the island all day long sampling the fudge from different shops).  Of course it’s best when it’s fresh and still warm!

    Comment by Brook on 6/27/06 at 8:21 am #
  6. Tricia, I think amoxocillin comes automatically in bubble gum flavor, since my cat’s bottle smelled like the stuff I had to take when I was a kid.

    Comment by eliza on 6/27/06 at 8:25 am #
  7. I hardly ever eat fudge, it’s not really one of those things you buy for yourself. It’s usually a gift, but I like my fudge quite grainy, which I believe is quite common amongst fudge connoisseurs. Strange how a texture we usually try to avoid should become so sought after.

    Comment by GTO on 6/27/06 at 8:28 am #
  8. What is the “correct” texture for fudge anyway?  I’m in the “slightly crumbly and grainy” crowd as well and as far as I’m concerned that is the only way it should be.

    And if I ever see this fudge I’ll have to give it a shot.  I’m really curious about what this flavor is that is coming across as bubble gum (though I have no bourbon insight to offer).  I’m more interested in the Kahlua version but my curiousity has been piqued.

    Comment by william on 6/27/06 at 8:41 am #
  9. I don’t think there is a “correct” texture, it’s down to personal preference, like steak.

    (I like my steak medium-rare by the way)

    Comment by GTO on 6/27/06 at 10:09 am #
  10. I’m not a huge fudge fan either—there always seems to be something missing, some intensity of taste that isn’t there.  That said, I’m with the majority. When I do eat it, I like it a bit grainy.  Kind of like the filling in See’s butterscotch chocolates.

    Comment by Karen on 6/27/06 at 10:34 am #
  11. I also can only tolerate fresh fudge.  Growing up, my mother would make fudge around the holidays using the recipe on the back of the marshmallow cream jar.  To this day, it’s still my favorite fudge.

    Comment by Alex on 6/27/06 at 2:51 pm #
  12. Cybele's avatar

    Tricia - I’ve never put the two together, but now it makes sense!

    Pam - I hope you do make it, there are even several candy shops there for you to use as a further excuse ... You’ll have to try the Littlejohn pralines and tell me if they rival those in Louisanna!

    Ruffy & GTO - I’m glad to hear that the texture I like is actually desirable!

    Karen - yeah, it’s not chocolatey enough for the most part because of the extra sugar ... but peanut butter fudge can sometimes be transcendent.

    eliza - I was going to mention that my mother is giving her cat some antibiotics and it’s bubble gum flavor ... and of course the cat couldn’t care less. He wants salmon flavored antibiotic syrup!

    Brook - strangely enough, I think the best fudge comes from islands - folks around here say great things about the fudge on Catalina.

    William - I’m actually curious about the other flavors too. They had a jalapeno fudge that was actually pretty good as well.

    Alex - the only homemade fudge I ever made was with the marshmallow fluff too - it always turned out pretty well too (and I’d dip mine in chocolate after cutting it into squares).

    Comment by Cybele on 6/28/06 at 6:48 am #
  13. Fudge dipped in chocolate, hmmm???  Now THAT sounds like a recipe worth sharing.

    I’ll have to give PB fudge a try, since I’m a PB freak.  You know the kind, eats it with a spoon, on apples, on bananas, etc.—I even ate it with some chicken the other day b/c I was craving Thai and didn’t have time to get any.  It was actually not bad.  And no, I’m not pregnant.

    Comment by Karen on 6/28/06 at 7:03 am #
  14. Different Countires I suppose have their flavour preferences aswell. Around here, brazil nut fudge is very popular, same goes for toffee.

    Comment by GTO on 6/28/06 at 8:19 am #
  15. Call me ignorant, but what is the difference between chocolate and fudge? I assumed fudge is some form of super rich, gooey chocolate, but I could be completely mistaken. I’ve had fudge once, but I mostly know about it from brownies.

    Comment by Kai on 3/09/07 at 9:42 pm #
  16. I just want to say that I love fudge. Is there any other food in the world as good? I love brownies, a whole other food. I love chocolate, a non earthly world unto it’s self. Although a brownie can be fudgie - rich dark in chocolate flavor, moist moist sugary cake consistancy, leaving almost a bittersweet “smudge” flavor/feeling on your tounge, they are not fudge. Soft smushable smooth, creamy hunks of candy, Fudge leaves a creamy texture on your tounge and is not a cake. Fudge is a candy. Chocolate is roasted from beans and has ingredients added to make it into a creamy liquid and used, amoung other things, to coat other candies, which are then called chocolates because Chocolate is just that important.  I like cakes and cookies if they have chocolate added in some form.  I do not like other candies that are not chocolate. Keep your gummies, hard candies, marshmellows, etc.  My favorite brownies are my own. I can make them taste the way that I like them. My husband and I have a bakery. We also wholesale our products including brownies. My favorite fudge is Lucilles from Long Beach Island, & Manahawkin, NJ. A very old family business originally from Darby, PA. My favorite chocolates are too numerous to mention, as chocolate is an adventure to emberk on all of ones life!

    Comment by Melody on 4/02/09 at 5:22 am #
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