Chocolate Firecrackers are a cute Fourth of July candy. Chocolate fudge is decorated to look like mini firecrackers.
- Serves: 16 persons
- 12ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 7ounces marshmallow cream (or fluff)
- 3tablespoons water
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1pound red candy coating
- 1package black string licorice (about 16 inches long)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Combine chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave chocolates in 30-second increments until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent burning.
Step 3Once chocolate is melted, add marshmallow cream, water, and vanilla. Stir until everything is well mixed.
Step 4Scrape fudge into an 8 x 8-inch pan lined with waxed paper or foil and press into an even layer. Press a layer of wrap on top. Refrigerate until it is firm enough to cut, about 1 hour.
Step 5Take fudge from pan and slice in half horizontally, then cut each half into 8 thin crosswise rectangles, about 1 x 4 inches long.
Step 6Dust hands with cocoa powder, then roll rectangles between palms to round them out and make them cylinder shaped. Place cylinders on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment, and if they have softened during the rolling process, refrigerate until firm.
Step 7Place red candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent burning. Stir until melted and smooth.
Step 8Take a toothpick and poke a hole in top of each cylinder, wiggling toothpick a bit to widen the hole. This is where licorice will be inserted later, so make it large enough for licorice to fit in.
Step 9Snip licorice into 16 small pieces, each about an inch long.
Step 10Use dipping tools or a fork to dip a piece of fudge in red coating. Let excess drip back into bowl, then place back on baking sheet.
Step 11Stick a piece of licorice into top of fudge with hole. Repeat until all of the fudge is dipped in red and has a licorice wick. Refrigerate tray to set coating completely, about 20 minutes.