This tasty cotton candy fudge is such a fun recipe and adds a little whimsy to a pink and purple themed party.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Chill Time6 hourshrs
Total Time6 hourshrs15 minutesmins
Keyword: Cotton Candy Fudge Recipe
22ounceswhite chocolate chips, (I used Ghirardelli brand)
¼cupunsalted butter,room temperature
2teaspoonscotton candy flavoring,divided in half (I used LorAnn Oils brand)
½ to ¾teaspoonpink gel food coloring,I used Americolor brand Pale Peony #183
½ to ¾teaspoonpurple gel food coloring,I used Americolor brand Lilac #169
Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure that you leave enough parchment paper overhanging the sides so that you can easily pull your fudge out of the pan once chilled. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt together the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and unsalted butter for 6 to 7 minutes. Make sure to stir often so that your chocolate does not burn or seize up. You want a nice smooth mixture.
In two medium-sized bowls (one for each color), add half of the melted chocolate mixture.
To the first bowl, add 1 teaspoon cotton candy flavoring and the pink gel food color. Stir until all the white chocolate has turned pink.
To the second bowl, add the remaining 1 teaspoon cotton candy flavoring and the purple gel food color. Stir until all the white chocolate has turned purple.
Using a large spoon for each color, drop large spoonfuls of each color randomly into your parchment-lined pan until all the cotton candy fudge has been added to the pan.
With a butter knife or small offset spatula, make swirls in the fudge to create a pretty design.
Place an additional piece of parchment paper over the entire top surface of the fudge and gently press to smooth the top surface of the fudge. Do not remove the top piece of parchment paper until the cotton candy fudge has completely set, or you may mess up the pretty swirl design created.
Chill the cotton candy fudge in the refrigerator for 2 hours or on the counter, at room temperature, for 4 hours. Slice and serve.
I do not suggest using lower quality or generic brand white chocolate chips for this great recipe. The higher quality brands such as Ghirardelli, Nestle Tollhouse, and Guittard melt so much better and are much easier to work with. White chocolate can be much more temperamental to work with and melt than milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips are.
Depending on your brand and shade of pink, you may need to add more or less food coloring to get your desired shade of pink or purple. The brand I used required a heaping ½ teaspoon, but you may want to start with ⅛ teaspoon and work your way up to your desired shade.
You will need to work very fast when adding your food colors and creating your design with this cotton candy fudge recipe. As the fudge mixture cools, it will start to firm up quickly. If you need to loosen it up a little, you can warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Stir it well so that you do not have any hot spots. Do not overheat it in the microwave, or it can burn very easily.