Pastel colors are a sign of spring

Pastel colors are a sign of spring

They say an idle mind is the devil’s plaything. But we don’t have to worry about Calico’s Master Fudge Maker. Karla is always busy looking for new ways to add a little pizzazz to fudge slabs. Swirling and drizzling with pastel colored fudge is the perfect way to welcome spring.

Dressing up a plain slab will add color and interest to your display. It’s easy to do and will change the look of the fudge without altering its taste. Karla’s new technique requires you to drizzle fudge immediately on fudge that has been poured into a pan, rather than waiting the traditional 15 minutes. With this method, the drizzled fudge begins to blend into the fudge in the pan, creating a more inlaid appearance, as opposed to traditional drizzle that sits on the slab’s surface.

Begin by making colors

For each slab you want to decorate, pour approximately 4 ounces of freshly made from the kettle or microwave-softened Vanilla Fudge into three small individual containers (a total of 12 ounces) that will be tinted with color. Add a drop or two of water to thin the fudge so it will be easy to drizzle or swirl.

To create a pastel color, add one drop of Calico’s food color to one of the containers and stir thoroughly to mix the food coloring throughout the fudge. Want more color? Add one drop at a time until you reach the shade you prefer. Remember, you can always go darker if you want your colors to be more vivid. Repeat using different colors added to the fudge in the other two containers. Set aside to use when decorating.

To create pastel inlaid drizzles


  1. Pour approximately 5 ¼ lbs. (about 7 ¾ cups) of freshly made from the kettle or microwave-softened Vanilla Fudge into a pan lined with a pre-cut pan liner.
  2. Immediately drizzle one of the pastel colors previously made across the surface of the slab diagonally, creating large loops of colors with large spaces between the lines.
  3. Repeat with the other two colors, drizzling adjacent to the previously drizzled loops of color. Because the fudge in the pan is warm, the drizzled fudge with blend into the fudge in the pan, rather than remain as thick lines on its surface the way traditional drizzling is done. It’s a drizzling variation that gives an inlaid look.


To create pastel swirls


  1. Pour approximately 5 ¼ lbs. (about 7 ¾ cups) of freshly made from the kettle or microwave-softened Vanilla Fudge into a pan lined with a pre-cut pan liner.
  2. Immediately take one of the pastel colors previously made and drizzle fine lines back and forth across the narrow width of the slab.
  3. Repeat with the other two colors. Unlike swirling layered fudge, this method engages swirling only on the surface.
  4. Once all colors have been drizzled across the narrow width of the slab, take a clean Setterstix paper stick (available from Calico) and insert it in the corner of the pan.
  5. While holding the pan with one hand, pull the stick back and forth along the long edge of the pan moving across the pan with each stroke. Do this a total of five or six times to create the swirl pattern.