Lavender Fudge is a smooth, creamy fudge with a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a lovely lavender flavor!
- Serves: 40 persons
- ¾cup heavy cream
- 1tablespoon lavender (dried, culinary grade)
- ½cup/4 ounces butter
- 2cups sugar
- ¾teaspoon salt
- 12ounces white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate)
- 7ounces marshmallow cream
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3to 4 drops purple food coloring (We used Americolor Regal Purple)
- Optional: 4 ounces chocolate
Step 1Prepare a 9 x 9-inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray .
Step 2Combine the cream and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the cream to a simmer, then remove the pan from the heat and cover it with a lid. Allow the cream to sit for 20 minutes to infuse it with lavender flavor.
Step 3After 20 minutes, pour the cream through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium saucepan to remove the lavender. Add the butter, sugar, and salt to the cream, and place the pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and butter melts.
Step 4Continue to cook the fudge, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil. Insert a candy thermometer and cook the fudge, stirring frequently, until it reads 235 F/113 C on the candy thermometer.
Step 5Once it reaches 235 F, remove the pan from the heat and add the white chocolate chips and the marshmallow cream. Stir vigorously until they melt into the fudge. If necessary, return the fudge to the heat for brief periods to melt the chips.
Step 6Add the vanilla extract, and 3 drops of purple food coloring. Stir well, and if necessary, add another drop or two of coloring to get a shade of purple that you like.
Step 7Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Allow it to set at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours, or in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
Step 8Once set, cut it into small 1-inch pieces.
Step 9To make the optional chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments. Transfer it to a plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner. Drizzle a swirl of chocolate over each piece of fudge, and then refrigerate the fudge to set the chocolate completely.
Step 10Store Lavender Fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.