We’re having a bake sale at work tomorrow. It’s for charity, and all our bakes are supposed to be either Halloween or Bonfire Night themed, so I decided on this firework fudge. I wanted to make something a little different from the usual cupcakes or cookies so I’m keeping fingers crossed my co-workers will like this instead!
I made fudge to basically this recipe for Christmas last year, and the top was decorated with crushed candy canes, so I got the idea to use a combination of coloured sugars and popping candy instead to create a firework effect on the top.
This is the original recipe for the candy cane fudge. It’s super easy so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to start making candy but is a bit scared and doesn’t know what to try making first. There’s no fuss with sugar thermometers or anything, so it really is great for beginners.
Firework Fudge Recipe (Makes approx. 48 pieces)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- 500g dark chocolate (or 3 cups dark chocolate chips)
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- Coloured sugars and popping candy to decorate
Start by lining a baking pan around 9x13 inches with parchment paper. Make sure it covers all the sides completely.
In a large pan, combine the sugar, butter, cream and marshmallows. Heat over a medium heat stirring regularly until the mixture is boiling rapidly and all the marshmallows are melted.
Take the pan off the heat and add the vanilla extract and chocolate. Mix the chocolate in until it is completely melted and the mixture is totally combined.
Pour the mix onto the prepared baking sheet, and place the sheet onto a wire rack to allow the fudge to cool. Once the fudge has started to solidify on the top (around 30 minutes), you can add the decoration.
Use various coloured sugars and popping candy to create firework shapes. Exploding ones, falling ones, star ones, whatever you fancy. Go mad and use all the colours you have like I did!
Leave the fudge for at least 4 hours to completely cool before cutting into squares. For ease, you can cut the fudge into quarters, lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper, and then slice it on a cutting board.