What Is the Difference Between Chocolate and Fudge?

Updated on July 6, 2015

What Is the Difference between Chocolate and Fudge?

What is the difference between chocolate and fudge?
What is the difference between chocolate and fudge?

By this point, we all know what chocolate is. But how exactly does it compare to fudge? What is the difference that make these two delicious treats such different taste experiences?

Differences at a Glance

Smooth, hard, and shell-like
Soft and almost spongy
Chocolate or white chocolate
Almost any flavor imaginable; these include chocolate, but there is also chocolate-free fudge
Milk, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa
Milk, sugar, butter, flavorings (which can include cocoa, but not necessarily)

There is the obvious difference of texture: Fudge is soft and almost spongy while chocolate is, with the exception of chocolate ganache, harder and more shell-like. But the difference goes way beyond just texture for these two chocolate elements.

There is also the fact that while all chocolate is, well, chocolate-flavored, all fudge is most certainly not. Fudge can be made in a large selection of flavors, and while some of these flavors do incorporate chocolate, many of them do not.

There is also the difference in the actual production procedure of the two varieties of confections. Fudge is created by mixing sugar, milk, butter, and other ingredients (such as cocoa in chocolate fudge) and heating them until they melt together. After they have melted together, the mixture is then beaten during the cooling process. Chocolate, however, is created using elements of the cacao bean and even white chocolate is made using cocoa butter from the cacao bean. Fudge is more of a confection that can be created using cocoa or other chocolate elements or created without them by substituting other elements such as vanilla or peanut butter.

Note that dogs cannot eat theobromine, which is found in cocoa. Cocoa will always be found in chocolate, and the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it will contain. Only fudge containing coffee or cocoa will have theobromine.

While both of these delicious sweet treats are mouth-watering and tend to satisfy any sweet tooth, you can see that there is a significant difference between chocolate and fudge!

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        Bj 3 years ago

        I just read the darker the chocolate the worse for the dog and BAKERS chocolate you should never give a dog as far as chocolate fudge to a dog is up in the air it's depending on what chocolate is used but it still can do harm. It speeds the hart but lows the body and the metabolism doesn't work as good as are does when digestive chocolate

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        Juliano RFN 3 years ago

        I was wondering as far as giving fudge to a dog vs chocolate. I heard only cooking chocolate is will harm you dog but if it gets to make of any chocolate it can hurt it, a treat hear and then isn't bad everyday isn't good. Mine love Girl Scout cookies "samoa's"

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        Angel 3 years ago

        Ive heard that if you give a dog choclate it'll get poisoned does this also happen with fudge

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        Decadent Touch 3 years ago

        This really answered my question. Thanks

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        Fudge lover 3 years ago

        Interesting. Both fudge and chocolate are so decadent.

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        coachb51 7 years ago from West Point, MS

        I love peanut butter fudge, we always make it during the holidays.