Simple Fudge & An Interview with Anne Thornton

I am very methodical when I bake…I always have Food Network on in the living room and I wear a “uniform” which is comprised of comfy sweats, a v-neck t-shirt and my Ugg boots. Sounds super hot, right? Anyway, I came home from work on Friday, slipped into my uniform and flipped on the Food Network, only it was not the Food Network, it was Bravo.

I scanned the guide and realized that Food Network was no longer an option through AT&T. I had a moment where I do believe I may have shed a tear; seriously this is pretty much the only channel I watch. I stewed for a few minutes then called AT&T. They informed me that they were trying to reach a “fair agreement” with Scripps Network to bring back the programming. Not. Good. Enough. I guess I’ll be switching cable providers next week. In the meantime I’ll watch reruns from the DVR, especially the new show Dessert First with Anne Thornton. Have you watched this one yet? It is fabulous…and seriously, how adorable is she?

I was given the opportunity with Food Network to have a one on one phone interview with Anne. She was a doll and such a great interview. I wanted to keep the interview laid back and fun, so I kept most of my questions short and sweet. I also wanted to make one of Anne’s recipes and decided on her fudge, it’s ridiculously easy and oh so delicious. I hope you tune in on Sunday at noon to watch Dessert First and if you do, think of me fondly, because unfortunately I’ll miss it until this AT&T debacle gets handled or I switch providers. Have a fabulous day…and go make some fudge!

Q & A with Anne Thornton

MBA: I see that you and I are both from the Cleveland area; are you a Browns fan?
Anne: For sure, Sunday (10/24/10) was a great day, my show premiered and the Browns won!
MBA: What types of desserts can viewers expect to find on Dessert First?
Anne: Everything! I have a great variety of desserts like breakfast tarts, a creamy caramel sauce and so much more.
MBA: I know you worked in a different field before branching out into the pastry world, do you have any advice for others looking to make this type of career change?
Anne: Yes, I worked for Apple Computers before working as a pastry chef. My advice is to take the leap of faith.
MBA: Favorite restaurant?
Anne: Ballato in New York City
MBA: Your least favorite dessert or dessert component to make is?
Anne: Nothing I love to make it all!
MBA: Are you currently reading anything interesting?
Anne: Yes, I’m reading The Ask by Sam Lipsyte, it’s a great book.
MBA: What was the last song you downloaded?
Anne: Ludacris My Chick Bad
MBA:What would we find your in refrigerator right now if we opened it?
Anne: Butter, spicy sausage fusilli and cookie dough.
MBA: Best go to dessert when you have unexpected guest?
Anne: I always have fudge in my freezer.
MBA: What is your biggest dessert failure?
Anne: Hmm, I can’t really think of one, but I always have ice cream in the freezer for back up, who wouldn’t be happy with ice cream?
MBA: What‘s more important to you presentation or taste?
Anne: I think they are equally as important.
MBA: Your favorite guilty pleasure?
Anne: Honestly, I don’t believe in guilt.

Simple Fudge


2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla sea salt (fleur de sel)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional; see cook's notes)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1. Line an 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan with foil; set aside.

2. In a heavy-bottom saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from the heat, stir in optional nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Chill for 3 hours or until firm.

3. Remove the fudge from the pan and place onto cutting board; remove the foil from the bottom and cut fudge into squares. Store covered in the refrigerator or freezer.


- Anne says she likes to add toasted and salted walnuts to the fudge for crunch and flavor contrast.

Adapted from Anne Thornton via the Cleveland Plain Dealer

41 Responses to “Simple Fudge & An Interview with Anne Thornton”

  1. Pamela — November 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Yum! These look delicious and having grown up in Cleveland (which I miss so dearly!)…GO BROWNS!


  2. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — November 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Fudge. Is. Great. This looks fabulous. I would definitely switch providers if I couldn’t have Food Network! Bummer!


  3. Ali — November 7, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Um, I had no idea making fudge was so easy! My MIL makes it for the holidays every year, and I’ll be slightly less impressed this year ;). She definitely doesn’t use fleur de sel! I’m totally making this!


    • Jamie — November 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

      Typical fudge is not easy, it involves perfect timing and temp which is why I do not make it. Candy making and I are not friends…this version is so much easier!

  4. Lauren at KeepItSweet — November 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

    thanks for sharing the interview! i’ll have to look for her show


  5. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations — November 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Oh my goodness!!! How could Food Network no longer be part of your plan? That’s a basic necessity of life… no less basic than The Weather Channel or the major networks.

    And this simple fudge is a recipe even the most novice cook could follow. Thank you.


  6. CaSaundra — November 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I would be devastated if they took Food Network away from my channels–hopefully you get it back soon! And I love the interview..she is such a doll and her desserts always sound heavenly!


  7. the blissful baker — November 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

    ohhh i love a good, chocolatey fudge. yours looks incredible, yum!


  8. heatherchristo — November 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

    The photography is just lovely, and I always love a good fudge recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  9. Maggie — November 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I don’t have Food Network – it sucks :(…that’s more due to my own cheapness and unwillingness to upgrade my Comcast however.

    This fudge looks awesome…I was just saying to my boyfriend that I needed a candy thermometer, but it looks like I might not have to buy one now!


  10. Sarah — November 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    We have U-Verse at home too :( We returned from our Mexican getaway to find out they snagged my cake shows away. Very bummed. But on the bright side, your fudge does look fantastic :)


  11. knmkendall — November 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Where can I get vanilla sea salt? This recipes looks wonderful and I’d like to try it!


  12. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — November 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

    First; this fudge looks WAY to easy and that can be WAY too dangerous; I mean, I could be snacking on some in say…15 minutes. I’m timing it now!

    2nd…I lost Food Network a couple of months ago; seems I was never supposed to have it and like Maggie…way too cheap to up my cable package by $45 a month just to see it. And you know what? I haven’t missed it at all. So many of the shows were not appealing to me anymore so it was like rehab…not pleasant at first but for the best in the long run!


  13. Kaitlin — November 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Oh no – I’m so sorry that you’ve got to change providers! What a bummer :(

    This fudge looks absolutely amazing, though. It looks so smooth!


  14. Miss — November 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    What a great fudge recipe and great interview. Hope you get your food network back soon!


  15. Lisa P — November 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    This looks so easy! It keeps in the freezer? Sweet! Will have to schedule a DVR recording for that show, haven’t seen it yet. Sundays belong to the Patriots. And yes, you need to switch providers. They’ll be working on a “fair agreement” forever. Show em you mean business and take yours elsewhere!


  16. Megan — November 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    No Food Network? You poor thing!!! :( That’s the only channel I watch too!


  17. Michelle — November 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I haven’t seen her show yet, but I love her already. I also don’t believe in guilt, as far as food is concerned. I hate when foods are labeled as “guilt-free.”


  18. Robyn — November 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Umm… Love homemade fudge, especially for the holidays. Great interview! I just LOVE her!!!


  19. Paula — November 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Hope you found a provider that has your beloved Food Network available:) Beautiful looking fudge and love that it’s easy. Cute interview. Interesting that Anne doesn’t believe in guilt. I was raised Catholic so it was required course study throughout our education/upbringing. LOL


  20. Katrina — November 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love fudge more than anything!! Thanks for the recipe!


  21. Eliana — November 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Awesome interview Jaime. I really hope Anne becomes a permanent face of the FoodNet. I absolutely lover her new show :)


  22. Tiffiny Felix — November 8, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I *love* fudge! But not if it’s soft…your picture looks like it’s nice and firm. Yum! :) And how fun to be able to do the interview!


  23. Cara — November 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Oh I’ve been watching her show too! It’s really cute! my husband makes fun of me for watching it but thats ok!

    and yes I didn’t have Food Network this weekend either but it came back last night for us! I hope it did for you too!


  24. Evan @swEEts — November 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I need to look into Dessert First.. its funny because I used to get Food Network but not Bravo! weird. I can’t wait to try this fudge too!


  25. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — November 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

    No food network?? I would die. I have got to check this out. We always watch Alex’s Day Off on Sunday. Now we’ll have to add Dessert First (which is a great life philosophy, by the way) to the DVR list.


  26. Nutmeg Nanny — November 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    What a shame about Food Network. I’m so sick of cable companies and networking “trying to work out a fair deal”….uggg! Get on with it already!

    Now this fudge is something that I could see making me feel all better. Plus the pictures are great!


  27. Elizabeth — November 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Uverse is offering Food Network again! Apparently, AT&T and the network reached an agreement.


  28. Baking and Mistaking — November 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Oooh I like the idea of making fudge. But I don’t use sweetened condensed milk so I’ll have to find something else instead.
    P.S. – I made your butternut squash bread on my blog today – I even conducted an experiment with it!


  29. Beth @ bethcooks — November 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    OMG! I feel your pain! Not only is there no more Food Network through AT&T, there is no HGTV or Cooking Channel either! This is NOT ok. I almost cried when I saw it.
    I watch those 3 channels 24/7. Sad.

    What are we gonna do about this?


  30. bridget {bake at 350} — November 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Love this:
    “MBA:What would we find your in refrigerator right now if we opened it?
    Anne: Butter, spicy sausage fusilli and cookie dough.”


  31. naomi — November 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Great interview. I love her last download-awesome! And, the fudge it looks killer.


  32. Stair Climbing — November 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Love the fudge recipe, I know what I am making after dinner for a surprise in tomorrows lunch boxes.


  33. carriboo — November 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I make this fudge all the time and everyone raves about it…I just laugh when I think about how easy it is and never divulge the recipe :) I do stir in a cup of mini marshmallows until melted and it makes the fudge even more creamy and delicious.


  34. Kristen — November 10, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I would be at a loss without my Food Network!
    Yummy fudge!


  35. jas @ gluten free scallywag — November 11, 2010 at 12:38 am

    yum – love making fudge so easy plus gluten free! (happy belly!)


  36. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — November 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    That fudge looks delicious :) And so easy. I’m going to try this one before going for the complicated ‘original’ one!


  37. Sonya — November 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I would be so mad if my satellite cancelled food network!!


  38. cath — December 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    i j ust made this but used all semi sweet chips and left the salt out… delicious!


  39. mandy hudson — November 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    hii,love your programme dessert first.have you a cook book thanks mandy


  40. Jay — March 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Just made this and as a note, it can be a bit bitter. Should you want sweeter chocolate fudge based on this recipe use all milk. My mother makes an old fashioned fudge perfectly (actually the fantasy fudge on the side of marshmallow fluff) which I screw up every time. This, however, turned out perfectly in my hands. Took maybe all of 20 minutes to melt everything together. May try adding some marshmallow fluff next time to soften and sweeten it a bit.


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