Color your holiday world like never before with this Rainbow Fudge recipe from our Secret Stash collection -- just for Tablespoon.com members!
Fudge is the staple of holiday staples. Dark and rich, it finds its place on cookie plates everywhere this time of year.
But wait! This
fudge, this brilliantly bright and bold Rainbow Fudge
, will not only color your holiday like a crazy case of Crayolas, it'll rock your Christmas socks and blow the fuse on Rudolph's nose! What a super wonderific choice to take to a holiday party.
Come along with Team Tablespoon as we pair up with our kitchen-expert pals down in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens to make this incredible treat.
First, organize your stuff. We got down to the kitchen, and this was the scene -- the ingredients were all ready to go:
And there were 5 beautiful clear bowls lined up in a neat row with about 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk in each.
We learned how to line a loaf pan with foil the right way, like this:
So now we're set to make a rainbow!
Melting, Mixing and Colorizing
Grab the first of your five boxes of white baking chocolate. White chocolate can be finicky -- we found Baker's works really well.
We'll do one color at a time, so chop up one box of white chocolate at a time.
Add the chopped white chocolate to the sweetened condensed milk in one of the bowls.
Microwave the sweetened-condensed milk and the chocolate choppings on high for 1 minute.
Stir 'til smooth. Getting sweet enuf for ya yet? Just wait ... it gets better!
Add 1/4 tsp. vanilla and stir again.
Now Let's Start the Layers
Time to get our colors on. We'll begin with purple layer 'cuz we're laying down the colors in reverse order.
Using regular food colors, add 9 drops of red
and 6 drops of blue
Keep stirring until completely combined.
Pour that into the prepared loaf pan and spread it to the edges.
Tap the pan on the counter to make it burp up the air bubbles. Thwack it nice and flat onto the counter a few times. Air bubbles = holes in the fudge, and we don't want that!
Then put it in the FREEZER
for 15 minutes or until the top appears set. This step is super important because it keeps the layers separate.
And the pretty purple layer is done!
Now you're gonna do that exact same thing for all the other colors.
So, chop the chocolate, microwave and melt it with the sweetened condensed milk. Add the vanilla, then add 18 drops of blue
food color to get the blue layer.
Tap it on the counter to release the air bubbles and return it to the FREEZER
for 15 minutes. Beautiful blue layer ... done!
Gumby layer, comin' up! Same process as before, but add 18 drops of green
food color this time.
Tap it on the counter, and return it to the FREEZER
for 15 minutes. Gorgeous green layer ... done!
Here comes the sun! Same process as before, but add 12 drops of yellow
food color this time.
Tap it on the counter and return it to the FREEZER
for 15 minutes and ... the yellow layer's done!
Rad red on its way! Same process as before, but add 18 drops of red
Tap it on the counter to release the air bubbles like usual, but this time you're going to refrigerate
it instead of freeze
it -- so place it in the REFRIGERATOR
for at least 12 HOURS
to harden the whole rainbow brick up.
Finishing it Up
After the rainbow brick has been refrigerated at least 12 hours to firm up, take it out of the fridge and remove the fudge from the pan, foil and all.
Carefully remove the foil from the fudge. The foil can stick, but don't worry. Just take your time and peel it away.
Flip 'er over and keep peeling...
Then trim the edges so you have straight sides.
We cut it into rectangle slices, but you can cut it into any size pieces you want.
To make rectangles like we did, mark off about 1" intervals both directions. No need to be perfect. Just eyeball it up or use a ruler if you want.
Then cut your colorful fudge brick into pieces to share.
This fudge is softer than typical fudge, so use a sharp knife. If it gets too soft to slice easily, just return it to the fridge to firm up a bit more.
Oh, yah, baby ... this is gonna totally make you the bestest guest at the party.
Now, there's only one thing left to do -- clean up the prettiest kitchen mess ever.
Here's the full recipe, so go color your holiday fun!