As I was putting together my Father’s Day recipe recap, I was struck with the idea for this post. It was while I was editing and adding a more appropriate message to the photo of my Cookies ‘n Cream Fudge Garden Stone, which was originally intended to be given as a Mother’s Day gift, that I realized I had seen the phrase “Dad Rocks” used on Father’s Day gift items including a garden stone.
At first, I thought I’d just make a new, more masculine looking garden stone, but as I was making the fudge, I decided I would change it up a bit and create large fudge rocks instead.
I’d already successfully handcrafted stone using a white chocolate fudge filled with dark flecks of Oreo Cookies, so I chose to go with that recipe again. This time I added some other ingredients in order to have a variety of colors in my rock formation. Cocoa powder added a brown tone and a drop of red food coloring turned the fudge a nice subtle shade of pink.
My original intent was to pile my edible rocks into a toy dump truck for my pictures, but after searching in a few stores, I just couldn’t find one the right size. If you have one in your toy box, clean it really good and you can use it to display your rocks. I opted instead for a mountain of rocks piled high on a cutting board. Cheap and easy.
A big pile of rocks wouldn’t quite get the point across, so I found a piece of clip art of a guy holding a flag and added, “Dad Rocks” to it. I edited the image to say “My Dad Rocks,” and “Dad, You Rock” using Photoshop. You can have your’s say whatever you’d like.
You could be adventurous and create the guy out of fondant or modeling chocolate, or go the easy route and hand write your personal sentiment on a piece of paper and attach it to a toothpick and stick it into a rock. Or you could dress it up and buy your dad a new shovel and cover it with plastic wrap, pile on the rocks and attach a sign to the handle. A bucket of rocks would work too. Oh, so many possibilities…
Speaking of … This project would also work great for a rock climber’s birthday party, or to celebrate a big climb. If you happen to know an archaeologist, I’m sure you can find a clever way to use this too by adding some cookie crumb dirt and some fudge bones. Have fun!
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NOTE: I used confectionery coating all three times I’ve made this fudge and each batch was great. A reader made hers using pure white chocolate and it was greasy. I thought I better try that out too and mine was also greasy. Much like in making modeling chocolate, I found that the chocolate can’t get too hot or the cocoa butter will seep out. I was able to salvage my greasy fudge by stirring in a few tablespoons of cold heavy whipping cream, but there is a better way to solve this problem. Just heat the mixture until about half of the chocolate is melted. Remove it from the heat and let it sit for 2-3 minutes, then stir vigorously. The chocolate should melt from the residual heat. If not, return to low heat for a short time, and try it again. This should keep the cocoa butter from seeping.
If you want your stones to have different colors, then divide the mixture among four bowls. Leave one bowl alone. Add another 1/4 cups Oreo cookie crumbs to one of the bowls. Add the cocoa powder to another bowl. Add one drop of red food coloring and some more crumbs to the last bowl. These are just suggestions; you could make your rocks any color you’d like.
Pinch off pieces of fudge and shape into rocks. Arrange rocks in a pile or using any of the other methods I’ve listed in the post above.