Canned chocolate fudge frosting is a decadent topping that pairs well with almost any type of dessert. From filling a doughnut to topping a cupcake, the frosting is versatile in both flavor and texture. But you can make the rich frosting even better by adding extra ingredients. Whether you want the topping less sweet or want a deeper flavor, there are ways to improve canned frosting. The key is to add a little of the flavoring agent at a time and taste as you go.
Add Something Creamy
Cut down on the sugary flavor of canned frosting without losing the creamy texture by adding your own creamy ingredient. Whip softened butter or margarine into the frosting to keep the flavor relatively the same, just lighter. Try cream cheese for an extra creamy flavor or sour cream for a hint of tang.
Drop in Flavoring Extract
Almost any dessert-themed flavoring extract works well with chocolate fudge frosting, from butterscotch to vanilla. Try peppermint for a zippy twist or coconut for a tropical taste. Use vanilla, almond, butterscotch or caramel extract to add a mellow background flavor to the chocolate. Go for a citrusy twist with lemon or orange extract.
Throw in Nuts
Nuts add some crunch to canned chocolate frosting as well as a mild flavor that helps balance out the sweetness. Mix chopped almonds for a subtle taste or walnuts for an earthier flavor. For a stronger nut flavor, use pecans or hazelnuts. Coconut and macadamia nuts add an island-style taste to fudge frosting.
Mix in Candies
Just in case chocolate fudge frosting isn’t sugary enough, you can throw crushed candies into the topping for an extra sweet touch. Go for an even richer flavor with crushed chocolate candy bars or use crushed cookies and cream bars for a milky taste. Add crushed cinnamon candies to give chocolate frosting a hint of spice. Use crushed fruit flavored candies for a chocolate-covered fruit flavor. Toss rainbow sprinkles into the frosting if you’re more concerned about adding color than flavor.
Stir in Another Frosting
Nothing says special like a two-in-one flavor infusion of chocolate fudge frosting and another flavor. Try cherry and chocolate frosting for a chocolate-covered cherry flavor. Mix orange frosting with the fudge topping for a sweet treat with a little tang. Combine chocolate fudge frosting with vanilla or cream cheese frosting to give the fudge a more “milk chocolate” flavor.
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