Never one to run with the crowd, it’s taken me nearly 20 years to finally read the most magical of books that are the Harry Potter collection. I did try them years ago and really didn’t like the characters and that is the strangest thing to look back upon as now I am so into them, I can barely recognise the late teens version of me who tried a few chapters and gave up!
So poignant and powerful the stories are, I’m completely enraptured and lost in the exquisite detail you just can’t get from the movies and I suspect that is why I find myself conjuring up another recipe that I could well imagine stacked up high on ornate silver platters in the Great Hall at the Halloween feast or in large glass jars on the dusty shelves of Honeyduke’s Sweet Shop. Luckily you wont need an invisibility cloak to sneak to Hogsmeade to get yourself a batch of my Butterbeer Fudge.
My recipe for Soft & Creamy Vanilla Fudge was the result of much research and experimentation to get the basic recipe right for a real, traditional sort of fudge. There’s loads of hints and tips in that post to help you get into fudge making too. I’ve developed it into this recipe for Butterbeer Fudge by playing around with the proportions to ensure we get a set but don’t lose the softness.
In fact, I’ve managed to add enough white chocolate to give this fudge the most beautiful silky texture – Hungry Hubby waited until he got to work with a batch to try a piece and I got a random text saying “wow that fudge is as smooth as silk” and he isn’t one to wax lyrical, like I do lol! Bumping up the fat quotient by using clotted cream also helps with that silky softness.
Like in my Butterbeer Cupcakes, I use Foodie Flavours Natural Flavourings Creamy Buttery Caramel and Cream Soda together to give you what my imagination feels a tankard of Butterbeer would taste in The Three Broomsticks. For this fudge though, I added just a tiny splash of dark rum to make this an adult treat and a half. You don’t have to add it but it is very festive and warming (I think it makes this fudge a perfect addition to your edible gift plans for Christmas).
It works beautifully without if you don’t want to add alcohol so don’t worry about omitting it. If you can get your hands on the lightning bolt sprinkles that only seem available in America, unless you want to bankrupt yourself in postage, then I would absolutely use them. You can go without sprinkles if they really aren’t your bag but I think it adds to the reverie of the whole recipe. I don’t think I’ll ever be too old to not love Harry Potter, sprinkles or this fudge 😀
For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.
– Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling