Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham 
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 20 Mins
Makes 1 (9-inch) pan

Boozy Caramel Fudge has a hefty splash of dark rum in each sweet bite. Gift to the caramel connoisseur on your list.

How to Make It

Step 1

Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper; grease paper. Bring sugar, water, and lemon juice to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil 8 to 10 minutes or until sugar begins to brown. (Do not stir.) Stir in cream and 2 Tbsp. butter; remove from heat. Let stand, stirring constantly, until no longer bubbling. Microwave sweetened condensed milk and semisweet chocolate morsels in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 3 minutes, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Stir in rum, 2 1/2 Tbsp. butter, and salt. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Immediately pour caramel over chocolate mixture; gently swirl with a knife. Chill 2 to 4 hours. Cut into pieces; wrap in wax paper. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

Step 2

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Ratings & Reviews

greenmdphd's Review

December 23, 2013
Flavor is good, but dark. I followed the recipe and did not have the trouble the other reviewers had. I'm not sure what I did that they did not. It did take longer than 2 hours to "chill". I left overnight in refrigerator and then sliced. Very intense flavor. A little bit goes a long way.

Valery203's Review

December 22, 2013
Horrible!!! Wished I had read previous review. The caramel mixture would not thicken and mine didn't even turn caramel color. Wished I had used my better judgment and threw it out but mixed it into fudge mixture. It floated on top and would not swirl or blend with fudge mixture. Sat in refridge all night and caramel mixture has not harden. Destroying this recipe. Does not even rate one star but review wouldn't be accepted without a rating. The absolute worst fudge recipe I have every tried.

irislady's Review

December 21, 2013
This recipe sounded SO good, and I was looking for a fairly quick candy recipe for Christmas. I followed the recipe EXACTLY, but the "caramel" mixture just didn't work. After boiling for about 12-13 min., the sugar-water mixture started to brown; I added the cream and butter, but what I ended up with was a yellow-colored mixture which tasted like sugar and lemon juice! It didn't thicken at all. I already had the 2 bags of morsels and the sweetened condensed milk in a bowl, ready to melt, so I scraped it into a pan, melted it, added a bit of butter, the rum, and some chopped pecans, in an attempt to save the expensive ingredients. It's chilling in the 'fridge; 'hope it sets up!