Hungry Happenings: "My Dad Rocks" - edible fudge rocks for Father's Day.

Monday, June 4, 2012

"My Dad Rocks" - edible fudge rocks for Father's Day.


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!


Cookies 'n Cream Fudge Rocks

Ingredients: Recipe adapted from Eagle Brand Creamy White Fudge

1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) finely chopped white chocolate (or chips) or white confectionery coating
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
pinch of salt
1/4-2/3 cup Oreo Cookie crumbs
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder, optional
1 drop red food coloring, optional


Supplies:

medium saucepan
heatproof spatula or wooden spoon
4 bowls, optional
plastic wrap
1 piece of white card stock, optional

Instructions:


Heat white chocolate/confectionery coating, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat. Use a heatproof spatula or a wooden spoon to stir frequently until melted and smooth.

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.

Turn off gas flame or remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Stir just to combine. 


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.

Press a piece of plastic wrap down onto the fudge in each bowl and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, until it is thick and no longer sticky.


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. 


If you'd like, you can print the "Dad Rocks" clip art onto card stock. Cut it out and set it on your rock pile. I've listed several other ideas in the post above that would work well too.

Give as a gift for Father's Day or serve for dessert. This will keep at room temperature for several days. Keep stored in an airtight container if you'd like to keep it longer.

See how my reader's have used these fudge rocks in very clever ways. 

Rock climbing has become so popular and Shang did an amazing job creating these cupcakes for a rock climbing birthday party for her coworker's son. She created custom designed cupcake wrappers and flags for each fudge rock topped cakes.

Holly created this cake for a young lady graduating from Missouri Science and Technology with a degree in geological engineering.  MS&T’s mascot is Joe Miner, he’s holding the sign congratulating the graduate. The hammer is sculpted out of fondant and gumpaste, and it along with the rocks look so real.

Sarah made these very realistic looking rocks to give her daughters teacher because Teachers Rock!
I love that she filled a beach pail with her candy rocks.

Kelly made these for her husband for Father's Day and she said, "they were yummy!" She did a great job with creating lots of nice variety of colored fudge rocks.

How fun is this? Carla and her rock climbing daughter, Aidyn, made a huge pile of fudge rocks,
 then they creatively packaged the candy rocks in cellophane bags and attached a
clever card topper to the bag for Valentine's Day.


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96 comments:

  1. Beth, this is ASTOUNDINGLY funny, cute, fun, and creative -- not to mention SO ORIGINAL. I am so going to make these. Thank you very much for the inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Beth -- I want to also give it to my kids' piano teacher, what would you suggest as a gift container?

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    2. It would be wonderful if you could find a box or container that had musical notes on it. You could buy a plain white cookie tin, and paint, "You Rock" on it and put musical notes all around it. Then, you'd get both uses of the phrase "you rock" into one gift. There is a "You Rock" lunch bag on Amazon, but it has a guitar on it. I'd love to see what you come up with!

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    3. I made them! They were delicious! And all the recipients loved them! I went with a metal pail I found at Michael's Craft store and Container Store. I used "free font" websites and used like Schoolhouse Rock and Hercules by Disney fonts to make my signs. I used different types of melts -- dark chocolate, reg. chocolate, and the white chocolate -- but it didn't look as good as your rocks. But still good! Love love love it! It was just the perfect gift! Gave them to my sons' teachers and music teacher too! Thank you thank you thank you for such an easy yet wonderful and ingenious gift. Everyone just shook their heads in wonderment over how cute, practical, and fun it was!!!!

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    4. Hi Missy, So happy to hear you made them and that the recipients enjoyed their edible rocks. I'm sure they looked great displayed in the metal pails. I'd love to see pictures if you took any.

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  2. Hahaha.... This is fun! Not only for father's day, also for April fools day too! You are a generous :D

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    1. I hadn't thought about Aprils Fools Day - great suggestion!

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  3. Fabulous..yes, that's my adjective for these awesome treats! Hungry Happenings, you rock! ;o)

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  4. I'm going to make these for my daughter's teacher because she rocks!

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    1. What a good idea. I'm sure she wont get that gift from any other student and will think it is really great.

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  5. Oh yes this is hilarious. I would probably use a cut out of the kids from a picture and add the flag instead of the stranger guy.

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    1. I think using a picture of the kids is a wonderful idea!

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  6. This is hilarious, I would probably use a cutout of the kids from the many pictures I have laying around in my photo box and add the flag message instead of this stranger dude.

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  7. This is wonderful! LOVE it!!!

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  8. Totally adorable! What a fun idea, I love that you suggested having it as a rock climber's treat, too!

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  9. Awesome, so cute! Could you use white chocolate chips?

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  10. Awesome! Could you use white chocolate chips?

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    1. Thanks and yes, you can use white chocolate chips!

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    2. I used white chocolate chips (that's all I could get at the last second), and they were somewhat greasy. Adding more oreo crumbs helped though. The cocoa rocks turned out the best!

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    4. It is possible that the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk got a bit too hot and the cocoa butter or fat from the chocolate seeped out causing the fudge to be greasy. Adding the crumbs and cocoa powder probably dried it out just enough to make it the right texture plus stirring it and allowing it to cool down helped too. I'm glad that worked for you. If you try the recipe again and have the same trouble, you could follow my tips for fixing greasy modeling chocolate in my Chocolate Tips page. I think the same techniques would work.

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    5. It wasn't the best quality white chocolate chips either... I've had issues with it not wanting to even consider melting in the past. Next time - GOOD quality stuff!

      It was an early Father's Day gift; it looked great, tasted great, and the response from dad was priceless!

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    6. I'm happy your dad loved it! That is so good to hear.

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    7. Hi Jennfurr, well after reading your message I decided to try out this recipe using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter) and I indeed had the same trouble you had. I fixed my fudge by adding a few tablespoons of cold heavy whipping cream, but it did change the thickness of the fudge. I added some new tips in the recipe to help solve this problem.

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  11. Hi Beth, these are so fun and I love the serenity ones so much, too! I featured these in my Father's Day round up at:
    http://printabelle.com/?p=4849# I also posted that round up on CuteEverything.
    I so look forward to seeing everything you make! Best to you!

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring them on both of your sites:) I'm happy you like them!

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  12. You are so clever! I love it when food looks like something that is not food :)

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  13. I am excited! I was looking for rocks for my grandson' construction cake. The candy I found either was not the right colors or to expensive. This recipe is perfect! I can make the size and colors I want. Thank you for posting this!

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    1. Candy rocks can be very expensive. This is a nice alternative and will taste great on top of a cake.

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    2. I have the same idea too, using it for a cake (rock crawler cake with jeeps)! I've done relentless searches for anything that even resembles rocks. This is perfect!!! Amazing idea and thank you for sharing!!

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  14. What did you use to get the wording on the "rocks"

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    1. Taerie, If you go to this post you'll see how the rocks with the inspirational sayings where created. http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/06/sweet-serenity-stones-yes-another.html

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  15. these look delicious! think it'd work with regular milk instead of condensed? (I'm lactose intolerant but can use lactose-free whole milks as a sub in a lot of stuff-I guess if I use condensed milk it'll be a good incentive for me to actually leave them all for my husband, lol)

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    1. Thanks! You can't just swap out regular milk for the sweetened condensed milk because you wont get the right consistency in your fudge. I did find two options though. Here is a dairy free white chocolate fudge recipe that would work - http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/dairy-free-white-chocolate-fudge-think-garnish-for-valentines-day/. This blogger also shows you how to make a sweetened condensed coconut milk for fudge - http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/really-nice-dairy-free-fudge/. I haven't tried either of these recipes, but based on her pictures, both of her fudge recipes turned out nicely.

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    2. You are so sweet to go find those recipes for me! My son is allergic to coconut-blah-so I ended up adapting/combining/modifying like 3 different fudge recipes and using lactose free milk and just adding a little extra sugar and a little extra butter. I'm sure it's not exactly like yours, but it tasted good, and that's the whole point, right? Anyway, I'll put some pics on my blog and link to your post if that's okay!! (I went ahead and did it today because my husband is sick and I thought he needed an early Father's Day treat to cheer him up!)

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    3. I'm so happy you where able to create a recipe that worked for you. I'm lactose intolerant too and end up taking Lactaid all the time so I can eat things, but I do like it when I can just use a lactose free product instead. I look forward to seeing your recipe and the pictures of your fudge. Let me know when you post it.

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  16. This is a great idea for a gingerbread house.

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  17. I l.o.v.e. this!! This will be a perfect gift for my daycare kids to make for their dads for Fathers Day! Thank you so much for the post!

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    1. I hope the kids have fun making their rocks!

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  18. Congrats, Beth! Your link was my #4 most clicked link in The Mommy Club this past week! Whoot! Whoot! Your project is being featured on my Blog. Stop over and check it out. I will also pin it to pinterest!

    The new The Mommy Club linky is also up and running! Stop over and share something else with us! Love your blog,

    Crystal
    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/06/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-48/

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    1. That is great to hear:) I know it is a challenge to come up with something to give my dad every year, and I'm sure he will love a big mountain of fudge. I'm glad your readers' feel the same.

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  19. Would using white morsels work just as well? I have those on hand. I've never attempted fudge before, I want to make sure I get it right! :-) This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing your incredible creativity!

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    1. Hi Brittni, yes white morsels will work fine. Just follow the instructions for heating, and remove the pan from the heat when half of the chips are melted, allow to sit for 2 minutes, then stir. If all the chips don't melt, heat a bit longer. Have fun!

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  20. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/06/25-cute-easy-fathers-day-gift-ideas.html

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  21. I made this recipe for my dad and I added very finely crushed walnuts to one batch, and crushed almonds to another. I added hazelnut extract to a third. They all came out super yummy and it was fun to think of other additions for next time! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. What a great idea, Brittany. The nuts will color the rocks just like the cookies and I'm sure really tasted great. Thanks for sharing that tip:)

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  22. Genius - love it. So many variations you could make w/ this recipe - I will be doing some in the future and linking back to here! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. I always appreciate such nice compliments=) I kept coming up with ways to use these rocks and am sure I'll post more later too. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  23. I would like to make this for my vbs kids to make rocks for David and Goliath story. Can I let the mixture sit longer than thirty minutes before shaping it?

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    1. Absolutely. The fudge will stay soft and pliable for quite a long time. I actually made these rocks, kept them in a Rubbermaid container for a few days then re-shaped them to create my Serenity Stones. Even over a week after that when we were eating some of them, they were still soft enough to rework the shape.

      Have fun with the kids. I'm sure they will have a great time making their rocks.

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  24. Thank you very much for sharing this idea. I made the rock fudge for a baby shower on Saturday. People didn't eat them because they thought they were real rocks. Once I told people it was fudge, they gobbled them up. I had put them in a multi-colored toy dump truck and it made an adorable display. The mommy to be wanted the recipe. Thank you!!!!!
    Susan K.

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  25. This is perfect, thank you for this idea I would like to application in my kitchen.

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  26. You ROCK!! thanks so much for sharing these great ideas. my first time in a blog fun

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  27. this is the CUTEST project EVER and so supereasy to do with kids of all ages and abilities! will soon post pics of this recipe disguised as valentines for my daughters' rock climbing team to the readers' gallery. thanks for the amazing recipe - it's such a great one to do with kids! love your creative brain!

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  28. I'm a geologist and a roller derby girl. I just made these for a bake sale. These are brilliant! Thank you! You ROCK!! :D

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    1. Perfect! I hope they sold out at your bake sale.

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  29. I wish I had seen this before, I think the mix would make great dinosaur bones (I ended up having to pipe my dinosaur cake's bones with icing) Great recipe. with a husband and 4 sons, I know I am going to use this one :o)

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  30. Question, planning on making these fudge rocks to place ontop of cupcakes for a boys Rock Climbing party.... Can I make them in advance by 1-2 days and store them? Would they need to be refrigerated?

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    1. Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been on vacation and didn't have access to the internet.

      Yes, you can make these ahead. They will keep for up to 2 weeks if they are kept in an airtight container at room temperature. I don't recommend refrigerating the fudge.

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  31. Planning to make these for the upcoming fathers day, so thank you!
    Just curious though..should I crush up the oreos with the crème center or without?
    Thank you!

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    1. I crushed them with the cream center, but you can do it either way. I hope your rocks are a huge hit for Father's Day.

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    2. Just noticed you replied to my question lol. I just bought my bags of confectioners coating to make these before this sunday.
      I'm just hoping mine come out looking like real rocks like yours do in your pics.
      Here's to hoping I don't fail! Lol
      I'm not a blogger or anything, just a fan who found your site from pinterest, but if I don't fail I could send pics of the finished project if you'd like to see

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    3. I'm sure your rocks will turn out great. You can see how other readers have created their rock creations by looking at my Reader's Gallery. If you send a picture of your rocks, I'll be happy to add it to the Gallery too!

      I'm so glad you found my blog. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    4. I just made the fudge, and they have been sitting in the 4 separate bowls with plastic wrap on them for going on 40mins and I just went to start with one of the bowls and its still super sticky..
      I used the white confectioners coating also.
      the top layer of the fudge mix looked like it was dried enough to form and once I got below that its still gooey..should I just wait longer with the plastic wrap on or off?

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    5. Yes you may need to wait a bit longer. Spread the fudge out a little thinner so it cools quicker. That will help. Keep the plastic wrap on it so it wont dry out.

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  32. Just incase my comment didn't send..would you suggest I crush the oreos with or without the crème center?
    thank you!

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  33. Such a great idea!! Beth you are such a sweetheart always answering back to comments being made.....I can't wait to see more of your ideas :)

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. I do always respond to questions and try to comment on lots of other comments as well. I love hearing from my readers. The nice things people say always make my day a little brighter:)

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  34. I love this! but what if you double the recipe? Would I have to allow the fudge to sit twice as long? Or just until to thickens?

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    1. If you double the recipe, it might take a bit longer for the fudge to cool enough to make the rocks. To speed things up you can spread the different colors in shallow bowls. A thinner layer of fudge will cool quicker.

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  35. Hi! I made these tonight for my son's birthday party tomorrow. I used white chocolate morsels and followed your instructions and tips above for the white chocolate. I didn't think I overheated them as it looked to be the right consistency when I mixed the colors. However, after letting them cool for 30 min with the plastic wrap, they are now rather greasy. I tried to start making the rocks and they are not keeping their shape. :( Was going to put that in the fridge but then saw you don't recommend that. Maybe leaving them out overnight uncovered so the mixes can dry out a bit? The consistency seems good but it is greasy and "blobbish" when I try to make the rocks. Any tips appreciated. Thank you!!!

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    1. Your fudge did get too hot and the oils seeped out. If, after you let it cool it's still greasy, you can try to knead it on a cool surface like a granite or marble counter top or use a metal baking sheet. If this doesn't help you can knead in some cold whipping cream, just a small amount at a time, this will help cool it down. The fudge will be just a bit softer, but will still taste great. Working with this is a lot like working with greasy modeling chocolate. I have lots of tips and pictures on my Chocolate Making Tips page that should help. I hope you are able to fix it for the party.

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    2. Thanks. It all turned out ok. After refrigerating last night for about an hour, I set the mixtures out overnight and this morning they were fine. I was able to form the rocks and they held their shape and were not greasy. They looked and tasted great! Thank you~

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  36. Amazing,
    Thanks for posting this - I might do some Christmas stones, "Joy" "Peace" "xmas" etc.
    Roughly how long would you say they last?
    Thanks x

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    1. Thanks! If you keep them in an airtight container, they will keep for about 2 weeks. You can freeze them if you need to, just wrap them really well, freeze for about a month or two, thaw in the refrigerator over night, then bring out to room temperature and allow to come to room temperature for a few hours before unwrapping.

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  37. These sound really great! I will try them on ay for un1

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  38. Can anyone tell me about how many one batch of this makes?

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  39. Can anyone tell me about how many one recipe makes??

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    1. This will make over 2 pounds of fudge rocks. The number of rocks you make will completely depend on their size. I got about 48 various size rocks out of the recipe.

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  40. I made rocks for dino cake they where great. How do I send a picture to you

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    1. I'd love to see your picture and add it to the Readers' Gallery. You can send it as an attachment to my e-mail - beth@hungryhappenings.com. If you prefer you can send it via Drop Box to my e-mail.

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  41. Please forgive my last abrupt message, I didn't realise there was a recipe for the stones on the page (didn't see the link). xx

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  42. What a great idea! I'm doing this.

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  43. they came out awesome! thanks for the great post! My daughter drew a picture of her daddy and the words "you rock". Posted my picture here:
    https://www.facebook.com/TwistedThreadAndHook/photos/a.424248210975602.99032.412454408821649/698410060226081/?type=1&theater

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    1. Wow, Magda, your rocks look so real. I love how you used the Oreo crumbs as added dirt too. Tell your daughter she did a fantastic job! What a sweet treat for her dad.

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