Add colorful designs to your fudge, chocolate, or meringues in one easy step. Today I'll show you how to Decorate White Chocolate Fudge with Sugar Stamps for Valentine's Day or any day.
I am so excited to share this new candy-making technique with you.
Isn't this fudge pretty?
Would you believe, I melted white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk together, poured it into a pan that was lined with a sheet printed with edible ink, allowed it to harden, cut it, and got this beautiful fudge?
It's that easy.
To get the designs onto the fudge, I used a new product called Sugar Stamps.
Sugar Stamps are made of sugar and starch and were originally designed to decorate meringue cookies.
They require gentle heat to melt enough to adhere to the cookies and Dotty from Sugar Dot Cookies, has been experimenting with other uses and found that they work great on chocolate or candy melts too.
When Dotty sent me some Sugar Stamp sheets to try, I did some experimenting on my own. I figured if they stuck to chocolate they might stick to fudge, as well.
Each sheet has the design printed on a piece of acetate. The warmth of the fudge is just enough to melt the design onto the surface of the candy. When the fudge cools the acetate can be peeled away leaving only the design.
The printed design is so thin that if you were blindfolded and given a piece of the fudge, you'd never detect anything other than the delicious sweet candy.
To add the pretty decorations to a batch of fudge, all you have to do is cut the sheet to fit inside an 8-inch square pan. I like to line my pan with non-stick tin foil for easy removal.
Combine white chocolate with sweetened condensed milk and melt the two together then pour it over the Sugar Stamp.
Cover the fudge with plastic wrap and allow it to cool and harden for about two hours. You can speed up the process by popping it in the freezer or refrigerator.
Remove the fudge from the pan and peel off the acetate sheet.
Cut around the edge of the fudge, removing any fudge that doesn't have a design on top then cut the fudge into squares.
You can choose from a selection of Sugar Stamp designs. Some, like the one pictured above, are printed in a grid pattern, which makes cutting the fudge into squares really easy.
I used Wilton's Sugar Cookie Candy Melts to make this batch of fudge then added some Valentine's Day nonpareils to give it even more color.
You can see the flecks of color throughout the fudge.
You'll also notice those same flecks show through the design on top of the fudge.
I tried to add designs to dark chocolate fudge, but the fudge was too dark for the design to really show through, so I suggest you stick to white chocolate fudge or something light in color.
At the present time, Sugar Stamps are available in 14 different designs including some for Valentine's Day, baby showers and weddings. There are even designs that would be nice for Mother's Day, birthdays, and a kid's party.
You can get them at Sugar Stamp dot com.
I created this fudge using Sugar Sheets that were sent to me to test out and I am excited to share my experience with you.
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Decorate White Chocolate Fudge with Sugar Stamps
- 1 Sugar Stamp Sheet
- 24 ounce white chocolate or white candy melts finely chopped
- 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
Line an 8 inch square pan with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper.
Cut Sugar Stamp sheet to fit in bottom of pan.
Stir together finely chopped white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.
Heat in microwave on high power for 45 seconds.
Remove and stir, then let sit for 2 minutes.
Stir again then place back in the microwave and heat for 20 seconds.
Allow the bowl to sit in the microwave for 3 minutes then remove and stir slowly until melted.
If needed, heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each until melted.
Pour into prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
Cover with plastic wrap and let cool for 2 hours or refrigerate or freeze until firm.
Remove fudge from pan and peel off tin foil then peel off acetate from the sugar stamp.
Cut into squares and serve.
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Hi! I'm actually curious about printing on fudge and asking seriously as I'm starting a business. I know this will work for white chocolate fudge, but what about darker fudges, or fudges that are soft and gooey? It seems it could pose some challenges. Another issue is bubbles.
For example, my peanut butter fudge has air bubbles on the buttom, but I can get it pretty smooth on top but when spreading the fudge around in the pan, but it pulls, so it could smudge on the bottom in spreading a thick fudge around, and was wondering if a heat gun would work in applying the transfer sheet after it sets? Or a warm flat object resting on top?
Have you had trouble with other fudges?
For darker fudge, would you print on an icing sheet and add some adhesive? Sorry for the questions!
A lot of this will depend on what you are actually using to decorate your fudge. If you use Sugar Stamps, they will melt slightly from the heat of the fudge and will stick. Some of the designs are printed with white and light colors and they should show up on dark chocolate. Darker colors won't show up.
If you are using transfer sheets, those chocolatiers use to print chocolate with cocoa butter designs, they should also "melt" once warm fudge comes in contact with them and stick to the fudge. I have not tried using them on fudge but the concept would be the same. Just make sure the fudge isn't too hot or the transfer sheet design might melt too much and smear. White designs show up best but light pink and gold work well too. Chocolatiers typically add a thin layer of white chocolate over dark chocolate in order to get the design from a darker transfer sheet to show up. You could add a very thin layer of white chocolate fudge to dark chocolate fudge so that your designs show up better.
I have not tried using frosting sheets on fudge. I've used them on chocolate and they do not soften like they do when they are used on a cake. So, most people peel the frosting sheet off the chocolate before eating. It's possible they would soften if added to fudge. The sheets stuck to wet chocolate so I would think they would stick to warm fudge too. If they don't, you could brush a thin layer of clear piping gel over the fudge and stick the frosting sheet to that. Frosting sheets are white, so anything you print onto them would show up on dark chocolate fudge.
As far as the bubbles are concerned, you would need to get a vibrating table. You set the pan of fudge on the table, turn it on, and it vibrates, making any air bubbles rise to the surface and pop. I've had one for about 30 years and use it for chocolate-making. I've also used it to remove air bubbles in my fudge. You can find them on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3t1RVx7
Good luck with your business!
They sound and look great. Can you freeze them in an airtight container after wrapped in saran wrap?
The fudge will keep for several weeks at room temperature. If you freeze the fudge, wrap it well, then seal it in an airtight container. To thaw, remove the container, set it on your counter, and do not open it for several hours. That should work fine and will keep your fudge fresh for several months.
Beth, thank you so much for testing out Sugar Stamps! Fudge is a great idea and yours is so beautiful!
I had fun using the Sugar Stamps and can't wait to experiment some more.
Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I think people would be super impressed if I ever made this! haha
They sure would, and only you would know just how easy the fudge is to make. Enjoy!
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
Oh my gosh, this is so exciting. I am actually giddy after seeing all this pretty candy and the possibilities... I love that you mixed in colorful sprinkles and I really love those pretty pink heart sheets. My Mom's birthday is next weekend and we always incorporate the valentine heart theme..I need to order some sugar stamps! You have created another amazing candy. Thanks Beth! 🙂
I am excited too. I love that you can use the Sugar Stamps on meringues, chocolate and fudge. There may be more uses too. I'm sure you'll find some. I hope your mom has a great birthday.
I just love those sugar stamps, but never thought about putting it on fudge - they totally dress it up!
I love 'em too. It was fun playing around with them and I was so excited to see how well they worked on the fudge.
wowza! sugar stamps here i come! :>D that's the prettiest fudge ever! :>D
Have fun. I know you'll find some fun uses for them.