We’ve been slowly working our way through every book about Bunnicula and his family in print. Sometimes the children choose to do activities with these books, and sometimes they’re not interested. The best activity, of course, is when the children come up with a hands-on activity to do with a book themselves, and this time, this is what they did.
Hot Fudge is the second Bunnicula and Friends book from the set of ready-to-read Bunnicula books. In this book, the children are rushing around and getting ready to go somewhere while telling the animals what a delicious day it’s going to be. The Monroe family, of course, soon rushes out the door to be where ever it is that they’re needing to go.
As soon at the Monroe’s are gone, Chester (the cat) pulls Harold and Howie (the dogs) into a meeting. Chester’s been reading again and realizes that the animals have a job to do in protecting the house. So, he assigns a less than enthused Harold and Howie areas of the house to guard while the Monroes are away. Harold promptly falls asleep until he hears loud bangs! They check out the fudge and find that the fudge has turned completely white.
Chester, who has long suspected that Bunnicula is a vampire blames Bunnicula for sucking the chocolate out of the fudge. As they go to confront Bunnicula in his cage, they hear two more loud bangs and the white fudge has disappeared. They chase after the robber, only to find that it’s one of the Monroe boys!! Soon all their concerns will be explained in a fun and logical way!
Firecracker immediately suggested that we had to make both regular chocolate fudge and white fudge as an extension of this story, and I agreed it would be a fun afternoon. They decided that the boys would make the regular chocolate fudge and the girls would make the white chocolate fudge. Then, their Daddy would be called upon to judge who made the best fudge in the house.
We started with the girls and white chocolate fudge. This recipe is only slightly adapted from the recipe and directions here.
- one 8-oz block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
The first thing you’re going to do is to beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together in your mixing bowl. Then, you’ll need to count out the right amount of white chocolate chips and melt in the microwave. Sometimes white chocolate chips tend to clump together more than regular chocolate chips, so you might want a couple of pats of butter to help smooth it out.
Once the chocolate is melted, just put it in the mixer with the cream cheese mix and let the mixer work it’s magic. Then, spread it into a greased pan and toss in the refrigerator a couple of hours to harden.
After the girls were finished in the kitchen, the boys took over. They made an easy chocolate fudge recipe that I believe I got once upon a time ago from the Betty Crocker website. I’ve been making this fudge for 15 years and don’t remember where I got it anymore!!
- 3 cups chocolate chips (I usually use semisweet, but use what you have)
- 1 can condensed milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla (sometimes I forget and leave this out)
You just add all the ingredients together and begin to microwave. Take out of the microwave and stir every 30-45 seconds. It feels like a lot of stirring, but it comes together very quickly. Put it in your prepared pan and stick in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
We decided to let Hubby be the judge when he got home of which fudge was the best. He said he really couldn’t judge them because they were far too different from each other to compare. He was right. The white chocolate was very creamy and smooth. The classic chocolate was rich and thick and delicious. It was like a fudge lovers’ paradise around here for several days. The boys liked the chocolate fudge best, so it started disappearing first, but both varieties are great!!