There are several different types of fudge that can be made or bought. Though confectioners sugar, cocoa, and butter are pretty constant ingredients in all types, many of the ingredients vary. Because there are many creative bakers, the following examples are by no means exhaustive, but are some of the more popular kinds.
Obviously the most popular type of fudge is plain chocolate. However, when you vary the types of chocolate used in the confection, you get a different type. Marble fudge is one such variety that uses three or more types of chocolate, including white. Fudge made with different types of chocolates often has a much richer taste. You can also find variations of plain and marbled fudge that include nuts — commonly pecans, almonds, or peanuts.
Peanut butter fudge is another type that many people enjoy. Similar to commercially sold candies, a combination of chocolate and peanut butter makes delicious fudge as well. Peanut butter flavor is a popular holiday confection often used as a baked good gift. You can vary homemade recipes by using smooth or crunchy peanut butter.
Other types contain different ingredients such as coconut or fruit. Coconut fudge combines chocolate and coconut for a unique taste and texture. Some varieties contain fruit like raisins or cranberries, though many people shun the fruity variety in favor of the richer, smoother plain chocolate.
Though with creativity you could create most any confection, fudge is often bought or made for its simplicity as a traditional, yet popular candy. Many store bought varieties are very good, but genuine gourmets prefer to give their fudge a personalized touch by perfecting their recipes with the right combination of ingredients. There are numerous easy recipes and, if you like, you can alter them to your own tastes to create any type you want.