Fudge lovers unite! This is a fun Valentine’s Day recipe and craft to make DIY Fantasy Fudge Hearts. Fudge is not just for Christmas and perfect for the mid winter holiday. Melt in your mouth and creamy classic fudge with marshmallow creme recipe.
A pan of fudge will make many many creamy, yummy, melt in your mouth hearts for your favorite Valentine!
How To Make Valentine’s Day Fudge
This is my go to recipe for fudge. The old school original version of Fantasy Fudge with marshmallow creme. Careful as there is an “imposter” recipe on the marshmallow creme jar: I make my Fudge with the original ingredients of Toll House semi chocolate chips.
What is fun about the DIY Fantasy Fudge Hearts (hey, what is not fun about fudge!) is the timing. It was a tradition in my family to make fudge at Christmas and it is a tradition I have continued; but why restrict Fudge to the Christmas baking season! A little mid winter, albeit a sugary pick up, is a nice change in the snowy midwest come February.
Heart shaped metal cookie cutters ***Metal only
Cooking spray or butter
Make your Fantasy Fudge, find recipe here. Obviously I recommend the original Fantasy Fudge recipe. One of the keys for fool proof Fantasy Fudge is yo boil the mixture for five minutes exactly!
Let the fudge cool and set up. I put the cooled fudge in the refrigerator to help harden the fudge.
Set the metal cookie cutter on a piece of paper towel or paper plate.
Spray a metal cookie cutter with cooking spray. Alternatively you could grease the cookie cutter with margarine, but that is a wee bit messier. Most important is to spray/grease the inside of the cookie cutter! Grease the cookie cutter before every cut, yes every cut!
Cut the Fudge Heart from your fudge.
Rinse and repeat for the desired number of fudge hearts.
It is crucial the cookie cutter is properly greased each time you cut a fudge heart or the fudge will stick to the cookie cutter. This is not pretty! Use the same method when using cookie cutters for dough. Sometimes you can flour a cookie cutter and use it twice and the dough will not stick to the cookie cutter, but more often than not, the cookie cutter needs to be floured or in this DIY greased before each cut.
I then set the fudge heart in the refrigerator to keep the heart firm and to decorate if desired.
DECORATE THE FUDGE HEART – optional!
The DIY Fudge Hearts can be decorated. I have decorated the hearts with my favorite icing (an alternative to Royal Icing with no egg whites) or even melted chocolate. Sugar alert though! This is one sweet treat.
Leftover Crushed Candy Cane Topping
Are those leftover candy canes still lurking around the house? A festive topping for Valentine’s Day fudge or fudge hearts is too sprinkle crushed candy canes on top! If decorating the fudge after the fudge has set then simply add a smidge of frosting or melted chocolate to ‘glue’ the crushed cane canes on top.
Let your kids use their imagination to personalize their own hearts.
Have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy!
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