Monday, January 26, 2015

Chocolate Nut Fudge - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ

Chocolate Nut Fudge - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ
I normally don't buy fudge, unless I'm at the Jersey Shore, but this Aldi item seemed a bit unique. (At least to me.) I mean, chocolate fudge with a cheddar base? Is that normal? When I make fudge I use a dairy base, usually sweetened condensed milk, which isn't completely different from cheddar cheese, but it sounds so odd! I didn't buy this right away, I scoped it out over nearly a month's worth of grocery runs, and the "cheddar" must have scared away potential buyers, because trip after trip, the display was untouched. It went on clearance the other day and when I saw how cheap it was, I finally took the risk and tossed it into my cart.

The packaging consists of some thick shrink plastic and two stickers, so I don't have much to talk about, it functions and it doesn't look half-bad, but it was a major pain to open! I tried to get it open with a knife without squishing too much of the fudge, but the photo lights were making it soft, and it turned into a little bit of a mess. I  grabbed my kitchen scissors and used them to cut off the thicker edges of the plastic, and that worked out pretty well.

Once opened, the fudge smells, well, fudgy. I can smell chocolate, a hint of nuttiness from the walnut pieces, and a little something else. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's nothing like homemade fudge. I gave some to my sister, and she said it smells the same way those Walnut and Cosmic Brownies taste, chocolatey and artificial, and I gotta say, she's right. The aroma isn't bad, but it smells processed.

I took a bite, and it tastes a lot like those brownies too! It's sweet, dense, mildly chocolatey, and the walnuts add some texture and flavoring. It may not look like there are a lot of walnut pieces from the outside, but there are itty bitty crushed up bits of walnut throughout the entire product. As for the cheese, I honestly can't taste very much of it. It's the third ingredient listed! Why can't I taste it? After a few pieces I can detect a very slightly cheese-y aftertaste, but to be honest, I'm not sure if that's my mind trying to find cheesy flavoring in this or if it's actually there. (The power of suggestion!)
This isn't bad! It may taste a bit processed, but if you like those dense and compressed fudgy brownies, you'll love this stuff. It's sweet, there's a healthy portion of walnuts inside, and everyone I have given this too has really enjoyed it. Huh, who knew? I guess that Cheddar base wasn't so scary after all, my sister and mother really liked this a lot, even more than me, so I might buy a few packages for them while it's still available.

If you see this at Aldi, don't let the "cheddar" chase you away, you can't even taste it, and this is so pretty tasty (and cheap) fudge. I bet this would taste awesome on brownies.
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