From honeycomb, vanilla, tablet, chocolate, mint – all we want for Christmas is fudge.
Strike that, we’ll take a new TV as well. But the fudge will make for the perfect Christmas Day viewing treat.
Here’s our countdown of some of the best options available in NI. Ideal for stocking fillers (or just for curing your hangover after the Christmas party. Trust us, it works).
1. Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory
58-60 Castlereagh Road
A visit to Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory is like taking a trip back in time. Visitors can look in on the whole production process and see how it’s made. You can also catch their stall at St Georges market every Saturday and Sunday.
Standout flavours include the Old time Belfast Fudge (pictured), Irish Whiskey, Death by Chocolate and Cappuccino.
2. Abernethy Butter Fudge
Available in locations across NI
Handcrafted from Abernethy Butter, Abernethy Fudge is stocked in outlets across Belfast, including Avoca, Sawers, Arcadia, Creighton’s & Oliver’s – to name just a few…
The uniquely buttery taste and high quality ingredients produces fantastic tasting fudge – so good it was recognised with the 1 star gold award in the Great Taste Awards 2011 – and again in 2013!
3. MeltingPot Fudge
The Old Boiler House 28 Ballymacarret Rd & Christmas Continental Market (until Dec 20)
Our favourite stall at the Christmas Market, try the Salted Caramel, Handmade Cranberry & White Chocolate, or the Handmade Creamed Coconut & Dark Chocolate – to name just a few of our favourites!
£2 each or 3 for a fiver, you’ll soon be addicted to these traditional treats. All made in the old fashioned way, in open pots. They use only the finest ingredients with no artificial additives, preservatives or trans fats and are gluten free.
4. Flossie’s Fudge
14 Woodvale Grove, Eglinton, Londonderry
Flossie’s Fudge is a family business based in the beautiful lush green county of Derry. Made by hand, with no artificial flavourings – it is real orange zest, real coffee and walnuts, and real freeze dried raspberries.
Sophie’s Lightly Malted Fudge was awarded the top 3-star rating at the Great Taste Awards.
5. All Butter Fudge Box
Arguably one of the best on the market, those who prefer a more crumbly texture will adore this option.
One reviewer named simply Sassy99 says: “At last I have found some proper fudge! The texture is perfect – not the soft, sticky stuff that is all too common these days. Tastes delicious too – well done Sainsburys!”
Our thoughts exactly.
For a bit of fudge variety at the Christmas Market, we also pay a visit to the Pick N’ Mix stall, where we elbow competition out of the way for our very own chance to bring home some sugary sweet Pink Coconut Ice or the equally glorious Snickers. Getting fat has never been so worth it.
7. All Butter Fudge
We’re particularly relieved Tesco itself doesn’t seem to realise just how amazingly delicious this crumbly tablet all butter creation is – charging just one quid for it to be all ours. This is a great budget friendly stocking filler or addition to a festive hamper.