Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pirate's Booty Fudge #recipe + FUDGING THE BOOKS #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

Oh, hooray, great sales for FUDGING THE BOOKS! Thank you to anyone who helped by buying the book or telling a library or bookstore about it!

"Combining chocolate and pirates – what could go wrong?  Absolutely nothing.  I had a blast with this book from start to finish."

When I was writing Fudging the Books, I didn’t have a title, yet I knew I wanted to focus on chocolate.

No, I was NOT copying Krista, who also has a chocolate-themed book out this year. Usually, in the past, we have discussed themes, but this time around we didn’t! Luckily, our stories are not at all similar, and our recipes aren’t alike either. Krista’s THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS is delicious, by the way. Don’t miss it.

Also, FYI, this book is NOT about real pirates. The event this week in Crystal Cove is Pirate Week, where people get to dress like pirates, talk like pirates, climb rock walls, watch Pirates of Penzance, and search for the missing pot of doubloons.  But no actual pillaging!

Anyway, back to the here and now.  I love fudge.  There’s something about the texture that is like no other candy. It melts in your mouth but has substance. And when you add all sorts of goodies into it, it’s a texture explosion.

For this recipe, I added some of my favorite treats: extra chips. You can add almost anything to chocolate and it’ll be good. Yes, even bacon…in moderation.

If you’re not into chips and/or nuts (per this recipe), add your own goodies, like extra marshmallows or chopped fruit. Booty means treasure.

Note, just in case you can’t eat gluten, make sure you find a gluten-free marshmallow cream or marshmallows, okay?

Arrr, matey! Wouldn’t want you ailin’, now, would we?

PSS This recipe makes a ton of fudge and it's thick if you use a 13 x 9 pan (see note below)!!! Plan to have friends nearby.


4 ½ cups sugar
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
3 12-ounce packages dark chocolate chips
7 ounces marshmallow cream
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
1 cups chopped nuts, if desired

Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper (note: or to make this fudge "thinner", line one 13 x 9 pan AND one 8 x 8 pan.) Make sure the paper goes up and over the sides. Butter the parchment paper.

In a large saucepan, mix the sugar with the evaporated milk. Bring the mixture to a roiling boil and boil for 7 minutes, stirring often. Do NOT let it boil over the rim.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, and melted butter together. Pour the hot sugar-milk mixture over the chocolate mixture. Stir well.

After the chocolate has melted, stir in the vanilla.

Pour the mixture into the prepared 13 x 9 dish (*and, if you want smaller "thinner" portions, pour a third of this mixture into an 8 x 8 pan).  Now, quickly top with the white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, and add the chopped nuts, if desired. Press down.

I did half and half in this recipe.

Chill the pan in the refrigerator.

Just before the mixture is “firm,” cut the fudge into squares.  Chill again. Remove squares with a spatula. Place in candy wrappers, if desired. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

*Marshmallow cream substitute: You can buy a bag of mini marshmallows, about 4 cups, and melt them in the microwave on medium for 1 minute.

Feel free to share this "meme" with anyone!!! 


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From beginning to end in the series!
a book tote with FINAL SENTENCE ON IT, 
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  1. I have shared several posts on Facebook about the Cookbook Nook Mystery series (Cheese Shop Mystery, too) encouraging family and friends to join me in my passion. I am happy to announce a couple of converts! I am hoping to start my own "Cozy" group to give everyone a chance to get involved.

    1. Kathleen, what fun. Let me know when your group gets going!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  2. I have suggested to my public library to purchase your Cookbook Nook Mystery series (the library already had your Cheese Shop Mystery series). I introduced my mom to your books (she is a fan). I have posted books from the Cookbook Nook Mystery series on my Pinterest account, and shared on Facebook.

    1. Jen, great to hear!! Thanks for chiming in. Hugs to your mom.

      Daryl / Avery

  3. I have shared posts on Facebook for both Cookbook Nook and Cheese Shop series. I also have written several reviews and posted on Goodreads, Amazon and BN. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway package - keeping my fingers crossed that I win it! kuzlin at

    1. Kuzlin, you are the best. Love having the delicious reviews!!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  4. Yes, my best friend, who loves mysteries, has been the recipient of my excitement, and my copy of Inherit the Word! The fudge looks delicious, we are always looking for new fudge recipes to try. Thanks!

    1. JH ~ so good to hear. I love when you introduce a new fan to the books! Enjoy.

      ~Daryl / Avery

  5. I've told my neighbor about your book---and she wants to read it. Thanks for the contest.

    1. Sue, it's that word of mouth that helps us authors so much! Thank you! Can you imagine if 5,000 founds told 5,000 fans who told 5,000 fans? And it's NOT a Ponzi scheme! :)

      ~Daryl / Avery

  6. Hi Daryl! I've told my friend in Nebraska about your books, and I posted Sparky's pic last week to Twitter. I'm so happy to see the recipe for the Pirate's Booty Fudge included here - I'm only on Inherit the Word but you keep mentioning it on your blog posts and it sounds so yummy! Congratulations on the success of your new book! :-)

    1. Nicole, I saw you posted Sparky. Sweet! I'm glad to share this recipe. There are plenty more in the book, but this is definitely a winner. Enjoy!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  7. Yes! What is it about the texture of fudge? It is SO satisfying.
    I think I will have to try making half of this recipe. I don't have nearly enough eaters and I don't want to feel obligated to eat it all!
    libbydodd at comcat dot net

    1. Libby, I think it's that it takes a long time to melt in the mouth! It's almost like wine, you get to move it around before it's all gone. Something. I'm not sure, but that's my two cents. It did travel well to bookstores, in case you are wondering. And I gave a block of it to my stepson to take to his staff at Disney. They loved it. So it does make good gifts! make it at the holidays so you can keep some for yourself.

      ~Daryl/ Avery

  8. What a delectable recipe. I have told my book friends and neighbors. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, thanks so much for chatting up our books. Always appreciated.

      ~Daryl / Avery

  9. Oh yes, I have added your books and recipes to my Pinterest page. Love this genre.

    1. Debbi, lovely. Pinterest is so much fun. A visual treat for the eyes!!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  10. Oh yes, I always recommend your books , both series , to anyone who wants to know what to read next ! I love both series so it's always nice to see a friend or relative enjoy them as well .

    1. Kathy, isn't that fun? You can share and then you can chat about them. Your own private book club!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  11. I think anyone who ate some of this fudge would become an immediate fan! I need to start cooking! (And who can resist Sparky!)