A wonderful fudge recipe shaped like pink hearts for Valentine's Day
Put the butter, sugar, and cream in the saucepan and heat to a simmering boil, stirring all the time. Use a medium low heat.
Place the candy thermometer into the mixture. Stop stirring the mixture at this point and allow it heat until it reaches 116 C/240 F.
Remove from the heat and carefully pour into a bowl. Decant as smoothly as possible with no scraping of the pan as this will cause crystals to form before we are ready.
Let it rest for a few minutes for the mixture to cool a little until it reaches 75-80 C/167-176 F.
Add the vanilla essence and the food coloring and begin to beat the mixture as it cools down. Beat until the mixture thickens, about 7 – 10 minutes.
Pour into the baking tray and allow to set. Around 2 to 4 hours.
Carefully turn out the fudge and using a metal cookie cutter cut out heart shapes. Press slowly then carefully push the hearts back out of the cookie cutter. This is best to do while the fudge is nice and fresh.