In lockdown, every Tom, Dick and Harry has become a star baker. But if you're bored of banana bread and you've knocked up one too many sourdough loaves then why not try your hand at something a little more creative?
Introducing Galaxy Fudge... the new internet cooking trend that is going to get kids (and adults) across the country *seriously* excited.
We're not talking about Galaxy chocolate - although that sounds delicious, too.
Nope, we're talking about making your fudge look like a *literal* starry Galaxy (and don't worry, you don't have to be an artist or a cooking connoisseur. It actually couldn't be easier.)
Recipes for the colourful snack vary, but they all have a few ingredients in common: white chocolate, blue, purple or pink food colouring and lots of sprinkles.
Rebecca Gayle, who runs Instagram account @bakingwiththegayles, told Tyla she was inspired to try the fudge for her nephew's space themed birthday party.
"We've always loved playing with vibrant colours - when my nephew requested a galaxy cake, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get my creative hat on and create some galaxy coloured fudge!," she said.
"We wanted it to look out of this world - and he absolutely loved it!"
Fancy trying it yourself?! Here's her recipe:
- 110g unsalted butter
- 120g double cream
- 390g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 140g mini marshmallows
- 225g white chocolate (chopped up bar or chips)
- Black, blue, purple and pink food colouring
- Your choice of galaxy sprinkles - think stars, gold, silver, shimmer!
- Measure out all of your ingredients and line an 8-inch square pan with baking paper.
- Add the double cream, unsalted butter, sugar and vanilla to a pan over low-medium heat. Gently stir and bring to the boil. When the fudge has started boiling, continue to boil for 5 minutes while stirring to dissolve the caster sugar. Alternatively, if you have a food thermometer you can use this to measure the temperature of the fudge - remove from the heat when it reaches 112-115°C.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and immediately add the white chocolate and marshmallows to the pan. Stir well until melted together and you have a smooth mixture.
- Separate the fudge evenly into 4 bowls and colour each bowl with a different food colouring - I used black, blue, purple and pink food colouring gel paste, but feel free to choose other colours if you like!
- Place random scoops of the different colours of fudge into the pan. Using a knife or palette knife, swirl the different colours together to achieve a lovely swirly galaxy effect.
- Add your galaxy sprinkles! Scatter as many as you like randomly across the top of the fudge and gently press these down so that they set on the fudge. Feel free to add some edible glitter if you fancy too!
- Cool to room temperature for an hour, cover with cling film and set in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- Remove from the fridge and cut into 16 2x2 inch pieces, or larger/smaller pieces to your fancy. Bite and enjoy! This fudge can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Rebecca isn't the only one knocking up the intergalactic treat at home during lockdown.
In fact, we've noticed our Insta' feeds getting a whole lot more colourful recently as people have been making their own fudgey Galaxies.
Hers were topped with mini eggs and coloured sugar. Yum.
Insta' foodie Eloise Head from Fitwaffle took the concept one step further, adding Oreo to her recipe...
Eloise has been experimenting with lots of different fudge recipes on her page, but says this has been her favourite so far.
"It's just so pretty and easy to make and I love the sprinkes on top," she said.
JUST LOOK AT IT.
Seriously, we are drooling.
Whether you're entertaining the kids or you just want to knock up something fun and colourful yourself, we've got a sneaky feeling Galaxy Fudge is soon going to be a staple snack in everyone's kitchen.
After all, we could all do with escaping into space right now...