Fudgy Gold Stars Inspire You to Dream, Create, Imagine, and Believe

The end of the school year is coming too fast. Ten months with our exchange student was not enough. Sadly, she flies back to Germany just days after her final exams. I’m not ready to let go. 
Tonight we are sitting together on the front porch. She’s doing homework as I write this. I’m finding it hard to concentrate, but she seems to be doing a great job writing a poem about the king of the jungle. Her writing its witty and sharp. I wonder what the poem would have sounded like in August, before she opened herself up to being truly creative.

At the beginning of the school year she told me she had no talent. By October, she was decorating cookies, carving pumpkins, and planning parties. In December, she felt confident enough to make chocolates to send to her family and friends. By Easter, she was working on her own, handpainting chocolates that rivaled mine. Yesterday, my mom taught her to paint with watercolors, and here’s what she made…

This is her first painting – ever! Talented, YES! Creative, ABSOLUTELY!

Soon, she’ll be back home, and I hope she continues to believe in her creativity, to dream of a bright future and to imagine a wonderful life. I created these Fudgy Gold Stars to share those sentiments with her.

I know I’ve used this stamped fudge technique quite a lot in the last year, but it just works for so many special occasions.

I hope I’ve convinced you that fudge+letter stamps=a million possibilities.

Inspire graduates, teachers, actors, employees, students, family and friends to believe, achieve, create, hope, dream, and imagine by presenting them with Fudgy Gold Stars.

Fudgy Gold Stars (makes 9 chocolate fudge stars)
16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon gold luster dust
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract or vodka (it will evaporate)
Supplies Needed:
medium saucepan
2 Wilton Silicone Star Molds
food use only paint brush or pastry brush
small letter embossing stamps or rubber stamps

Pour chopped chocolate and sweetened condensed milk into a medium saucepan. Heat over low, stirring often until the chocolate melts. Pour into a glass dish. Allow to cool for about an hour until it firms up.

Scoop out the fudge and knead until smooth. Roll about 1/2 cup into a ball. Press into the star mold, removing excess or adding more if needed to completely fill 9 stars. You can, if you prefer, fill 12 stars about 3/4 full.

Being the molds are flexible, as you press the fudge into the star cavity, it might bulge out. As you work, turn the mold over, and press around the points of the star, making sure the fudge stars don’t become misshapen.

Leave fudge stars at room temperature for at least 2 hours, so that they will hold their shape.

To remove fudge stars out from the silicone mold, turn it upside down, press on the backside of each star, push the fudge out. Reshape chocolate fudge stars if needed. 

Mix gold luster dust with vanilla extract until well blended. Use a paint brush to dab the gold over the fudge hearts. Allow the luster dust to dry completely.

I like the stars that have a bit less gold on them because the fudge shows through.

Press letter stamps into the fudge creating inspirational words like, “dream,” “believe,” and “imagine.” If you prefer, you can paint the words on using black food coloring.

Package individual stars in clear cellophane bags or place them all in a nice box to give as a gift. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. The fudge will harden as it sits but will still be creamy once bitten into.

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    • says

      Stamping on food has been so much fun that I just can't resist doing more projects. I know you and your boys could come up with some really clever stamped projects.

      I love to watch how you and your boys create, and it has been so wonderful to experience that this year with Ilim. I am going to miss her terribly.

  1. says

    Oh Beth – I know you'll really miss Ilim and I'm sure you'll always stay in touch with her! You have truly brought out her talents and I'm sure she'll continue creating after she's home again. What a lucky girl to have had you to learn from! :)

    P.S. I love all you're stamped fudge ideas! Like you said the possibilities are endless!

    • says

      I feel like I've been the lucky one to have had such a wonderful girl become part of our family. I loved seeing the look of pride on her face when she showed me her painting. She was glowing. I'm happy to have influenced her in a positive way this year.

  2. TracyG says

    Thank you for putting links to the products used in your projects. It makes it much easier for us to attempt the project!

  3. Anonymous says

    All of these stars should say Beth on them as you are all of these words. Thank you for all of your time and talent. You have inspired many women to try their hands at this. You are something else. Trish Butler

  4. says

    This is such an inspiring post! I wish I had someone to guide me to find my creativity the way you have guided this girl! She was very lucky to have found you!

  5. says

    Having an exchange student is so wonderful and can last a lifetime. We had 2 from Japan when I was in high-school and we're still friends. More like sisters. That was 25 years ago. That girl has some talent and I'm sure she has you to thank for inspiring her.

    • says

      Hosting exchange students has changed my life for the better in so many ways. We've also hosted two students from Russia. One was an official exchange student, the other her brother. He will be visiting us this summer, and I'm so excited. It will make Ilim's departure just a bit easier, knowing I have something to look forward to later this summer. It's so nice to hear that you are still in touch with the girls who came to live with you so many years ago. I hope to remain a part of the kids' lives forever.

      Ilim has had such a wonderful year here, and has thoroughly enjoyed everything including all the creative activities we've done together. I am going to miss her terribly, but know that we will see each other soon. We hope to visit Germany next year.

  6. Anonymous says

    Beth, I am so sorry it took me so long to see your recipe in Woman's World AGAIN!!! I buy it every Saturday but just got a chance to leaf thru it
    today. Congrats Lady. I am so jazzed for you. This has always been a favorite of mine. I have folders for all of the holidays and this recipe is in each one. It can be decorated for any holiday. Again, Congratulations. P.S. I'm in love with your brain. lol Trish Butler

    • says

      Oh, I didn't even realize the issue was on the stands, and now I missed buying it. I'm bummed. I'll have to write to them and ask for a copy. I assume you saw the wedding cake cheese ball. I kept leafing through the magazines, but haven't done that in a few weeks. What date was the magazine issued?

    • Anonymous says

      It was the June 10th issue. If you get to Wal-Mart early tomorrow, they will probably still have some. If not I will send you mine. Also I said I was behind, well I just opened up the Tablespoons site for sometime in the 20's of May and thee you are again, main feature. There is no stopping you now. I am so thrilled for you. Also, sorry for your student moving back home. My friend had a student from Sweden for a year and he just wrote to me. He was here about six years ago. She will always remember you and stay in touch. Again, Congrats. Trish Butler

    • says

      Thank you for letting me know. I was able to find the magazine at the store. I took a picture of me standing with the magazine in the store.

      Ilim is packing up right now. She leave on Sunday. I am so sad. I know she will be a part of our lives forever. We plan to visit her next summer, which is what will make her leaving a bit easier.

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