Cardamom Chocolate Fudge

December 22, 2014mayurisjikoni
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Cardamom Chocolate Fudge

Cardamom Chocolate Fudge is an easy to make, flavorful, melt in the mouth kind of homemade chocolate. I’ve made this recipe on several occasions and it never fails to please my guests. From parties to engagement gifts, the best part is that you can decorate or roll these chocolatey balls in nuts, sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, etc. Dip them in melted chocolate too.

Actually, this recipe came about from a recipe gone totally wrong. Read on to find out what, how and eureka moment.

Disasters in the kitchen!

Generally, many recipes that food lovers come across on other blogs, the internet, recipe books, magazines, television, etc tempt them to save it and try it out some fine day. I too have saved, bookmarked, copied recipes and try them out as and when I can. Many have turned out to be disastrous. While some can be saved or consumed, others have had to be binned and I hate that.

Examples are where dome shaped nankhatai (Indian cookies) have become flat!  Caramel custard that sank as soon as it come out of the oven as the recipe called for whipped eggs and high temperature! Now I know better. Dhoklas which refused to rise. However the photos depict a perfect preparation looking smooth as silk, delicious, spongy, well risen, beautiful colour, etc etc.

Now and then such disasters occur. I once followed a famous blogger’s gor keri (mango pickle) and it was like mango pickled in a jaggery syrup! And instead of guiding me where I might have gone wrong, the blogger retorted that I’m probably a bad cook!

Eventually learnt to research different recipes of that particular dish and check out for the similarities. Also comments left by followers and people who have tried the recipes are important.  Often, I have posted comments on how the recipe turns out and I find that if I mentioned that the recipe was a disaster, my comment is not published and neither am I asked what went wrong!

So In The First Place What Led to the Disastrous Recipe?


In fact, in 2014-15 I joined 4 different groups that challenge us to prepare a dish every month. At the end of the month it is a new dish learnt and tasted.

One such challenge was from the International Food Challenge, which gives its members recipes from different cuisines of the world. Last month we were challenged to some Afghan dishes. Out of the bolani, biryani, veg dish and the sweet one I decided to try out the sheer payra.

Sheer Payra is a milk fudge, made with milk powder and sugar. The preparation in the photo provided looked perfect and tempting.

So, one fine day with loads of enthusiasm I started preparing the sheer payra. I also wanted to take this for our picnic with other members of my Lions Club. Actually had reduced the sugar from what was required in the recipe. It instructed to boil the sugar syrup till it thickened. Did that.

However after adding the milk powder, it was still very runny and I had to add more milk powder. I put it in the tray to set. Next day, I cut the pieces and tasted one. Oh no! It was just too sweet!! My hubby asked if I had put a kilo of sugar!

Specifically, I hate wasting expensive ingredients and throwing food in the bin. However, I was disappointed as I didn’t have time to make something else for the picnic and I couldn’t take this extra sweet fudge. “All the nuts and spices in it'” I thought. Sadly, put the sheer payra away and took up the newspaper to do a sudoku. That normally helps me to take my mind of  something that bothers me. Then halfway through the sudoku I had my eureka moment.

Added some cocoa to balance out the sweetness and to give it a more barfi like consistency. The total makeover was a hit. The unsweetened cocoa reduced the sweetness considerably. Rolled the fudge into balls and rolled them in coconut and nut powder. I loved it and so did the members of my club. I loved the cardamom flavoured fudge.

Luckily, I had jotted down the amount of ingredients used. After a few weeks tried the recipe again – no not the sheer payra but my reconstructed or reinvented version and the chocolate fudge balls turned out absolutely fine.

I’ve actually made over 100 of these for my daughter’s engagement.

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Ingredients Required For Cardamom Chocolate Fudge:

Milk Powder – I prefer using full fat milk powder

Sugar – normal white sugar

Water – tap water

Cardamom Powder 

Cocoa Powder – unsweetened

Flavoring – can use rose water, vanilla extract, orange zest or lemon zest

Mixed Nuts – of your choice, chopped finely to add to the fudge

For Coating – can use desiccated coconut, any coarse nut powder, sprinkles or melted chocolate.

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Cardamom Chocolate Fudge is an easy to make, flavorful, melt in the mouth kind of homemade chocolate. I've made this recipe on several occasions and it never fails to please my guests. From parties to engagement gifts, the best part is that you can decorate or roll these chocolatey balls in nuts, sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, etc. Dip them in melted chocolate too. 
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Family Recipes
Servings 30 BALLS



  • cup full fat milk powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp rose water optional
  • ½ cup mixed nuts chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Some soft butter for greasing


  • finely chopped nuts,sprinkles or coconut or cocoa for decoration


  • Sieve the milk powder,cocoa and salt to remove the any lumps.
  • Add cardamom powder and chopped nuts to the milk powder and mix well.
  • Put the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir till the sugar melts.
  • Let it simmer for 4-5 minutes till the syrup is a bit thick. It should be of one thread consistency.
  • Add the milk powder mixture and mix well.
  • Let the mixture cool down completely.
  • Grease your hands with a small pat of butter and roll a teaspoonful of the mixture into a ball.
  • Roll it in whatever you are using for decoration.


  • If the mixture is too soft to roll, put it in the fridge for a while.
  • Add spices of your choice.
  • Can add dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, dates etc to the mixture.
  • The fudge will stay good at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Keyword easy chocolate recipe, homemade chocolat fudge

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  • Nayna Kanabar

    December 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Its great when kitchen disasters turn into great recipes by innovation.

  • Herbs Spices and Tradition

    December 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This chocolate fudge is tempting, nice recipe.

  • Linsy Patel

    December 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    disasters are always make something new. like this, looks awesome

    1. Bless my food by Payal

      July 6, 2021 at 9:39 am

      5 stars
      Firstly accept my congratulations on starting your YouTube channel. I have never noticed videos link in your posts earlier, so this might be a New beginning.
      Coming to recipe, I must admit that this is super tempting and kids are definitely going to relish this Chocolate fudge. You have elaborated it so beautifully and the Ingredients used are simple and easy.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        July 8, 2021 at 9:20 pm

        Thank you so much Shailender. I’ve started YouTube channels recently. Had been putting off the idea for a whole year and finally one day just decided to try. Now, I enjoy making them, though very time consuming. As for the chocolate, even adults love this chocolate. I usually roll them small so adults enjoy one without much guilt.

  • remya sean

    January 6, 2015 at 10:54 am

    yummy..trying to follow u through gfc but it is not working properly plz check 🙂

  • Vandana

    July 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

    5 stars
    This cardamom chocolate fudge sounds and looks so delicious. The combination of the ingredients that you have used is enough to imagine who good this will taste, can’t wait to try them. Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana and enjoy when you try out the recipe.

  • Preethi Prasad

    July 5, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    5 stars
    Cardamom chocolate fudge looks so tempting . I would love to treat myself with these delicious fudge balls. I can relate to many disasters in kitchen. I always feel a good blogger should address the problems and try to resolve . It depends how in-depth they know about cooking .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 5, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      That is so true, Preethi, but am glad at least we know how to salvage disaster recipes.

  • Chef Mireille

    July 5, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    5 stars
    I love how you can customize them with different flavorings and different toppings to make a variety of them. These are going to be such a hit at my next party when I make them!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille.

  • Sujata Roy

    July 6, 2021 at 4:49 am

    5 stars
    Chocolate cardamom fudge looks so beautiful and tempting. Really a great reinvention. My daughter don’t like sweet but she loves chocolate. I would love to try it for her. Also loved your presentation.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata and please do make them for your daughter. Am sure she’ll love them.

  • Seema Sriram

    July 6, 2021 at 10:12 am

    5 stars
    Would you like to move closer to my place, I feel particularly greedy after this post. I want the whole platter and will not hesitate to self invite myself to have these fudges.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      Seema you’re most welcome anytime. Besides these chocolates will treat you to so many other dishes.

  • kalyani

    July 6, 2021 at 11:56 am

    5 stars
    that eureka moment brought us so many varieties with multiple toppings and flavours, mayuri ! looks fabulous for a Diwali party or a kids bday too. bookmarked!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much Klaynai.

  • Neha

    July 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    5 stars
    Kudos to your attempt to salvage a near disaster recipe. It happens with many…but it is gratifying to emerge a winner. Loved the recreated recipe!! Good for children’s parties. I will bookmark for upcoming get togethers once we enter into normal times.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. Enjoy the chocolate when you try out the recipe.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    July 6, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    5 stars
    Yes, I can understand following some recipes lead us to disaster. The cardamom chocolate fudge looks so delicious and ideal to make for any celebrations.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Priya Vj

    July 6, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    5 stars
    These chocolate cardamom fudge look so irresistibly delicious. I have observed many a times that makeover recipes turn out to be super perfect and taste delicious beyond our expectations.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, I agree with you sometimes makeover recipes turn out awesome.

  • Jolly

    July 6, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    5 stars
    This easy cardamom fudge looks so inviting and tasty. It’s a perfect great holiday candy recipe! With just few ingredients we can make this traditional fudge recipe. Lovely!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly, it is definitely a versatile recipe for parties and special occasions.

  • Lata Lala

    July 7, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    5 stars
    Easy to make, flavorful, melt in the mouth kind of homemade Cardamom Chocolate Fudge sounds so interesting Mayuri.

    According to me also homemade desserts are the best to serve with your personal touch.

    It’s such a good read about disasters in the kitchen. Though not many bloggers accept that.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Lata. As bloggers we too have a ‘bad hair day’ and recipes go all bad.

  • Pavani

    July 9, 2021 at 2:48 am

    5 stars
    What a delicious and addictive chocolate treat this is. Love the addition of cardamom to it, must have tasted so flavorful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 9, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Thank you so much Pavani.

  • Poonam bachhav

    July 9, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    5 stars
    Cardamom flavored Chocolate fudge sounds like a delectable treat for all chocolate lovers like me. Love how you have make a makeover dish with disaster. This chocolate fudge makes for a lovely edible gift as well.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 9, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. Saving a disastrous recipe eventually turned out good for me 🙂

  • Padma Veeranki

    July 9, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    5 stars
    Cardamom chocolate fudge sounds and looks super tempting & delicious. This make a great edible gift too! Can’t wait to try them. Disasters will always teach us something new & makes us perfect!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 10, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much Padma.

  • Sapana

    July 10, 2021 at 2:07 am

    5 stars
    Cardamom flavored chocolate fudge looks and sounds so decadent. They would make a wonderful after school treat for kids for sure 🥰

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 10, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Thank you so much Sapana.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    July 10, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Cardamom Chocolate Fudge sounds so so delicious and a super-duper hit for any chocolate lover.
    And yes, I must agree if there is no disaster then we cant learn more. This is a perfect example of a makeover recipe. Just love those balls.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 16, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    July 10, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    5 stars
    Cardamom chocolate fudge looks super inviting mayuriji! What a delightful save ! Love how pretty it looks and also portion controlled. These pretty delish chocolate balls would make a great edible gift!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 16, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, yes they’re wonderful as edible gift. I made so many to give away as favor during my daughter’s engagement and everyone loved them.

  • Lathiya

    July 25, 2021 at 11:06 am

    5 stars
    The chocolate fudge looks delicious. I loved the addition of the cardamom in it. I’m sure my kids will love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Lathiya.

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