What is Dirty Coke I hear you asking?
Well, I read about Dirty Coke over at the brilliant blog Sugarhero a few months back. Elizabeth over at Sugarhero explained that it is a coke (diet or otherwise) with coconut and lime juice added to it. ‘Is that it?’ I also hear you ask.
But wait until you have tried one! The flavours altogether give you a brand new flavour experience, like nothing you’ve had before. People are also dirtying up other sodas, such as Dr Pepper and Pepsi. But I’m sticking with Diet Coke personally.
Elizabeth then went on to make a very delicious swirled fudge using the three flavours of cola, coconut and lime. I wanted to make it, and a couple of people asked me to try it too.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get the cola flavoured oil or coconut syrup. Instead I got cola flavouring from the baking aisle in Sainsburys and coconut flavour essence from a local baking shop, but I had seen this in the Chinese Supermarket too. The fudge also used a jar of marshmallow Fluff, now widely available in the UK.
(I bought some limes and tried the drink with diet coke and coconut essence and I was hooked.)
Because there are different ingredients used, I didn’t achieve the swirled effect. Instead I got a lovely light coloured fudge which was packing mighty flavour. Here’s how I made Dirty Coke Fudge UK Style;
110 grams unsalted butter, cubed
450 grams granulated sugar
180 grams sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
300 grams white chocolate chips
200 grams marshmallow fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cola flavouring
½ teaspoon coconut flavour essence
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Adapted from Sugarhero
Line an 8”x8” square baking pan with tin foil and lightly oil the foil with vegetable oil or another flavourless oil :) Set aside.
In a large saucepan place the butter, sugar, sour cream and salt. Heat on medium high until the sugar and butter have melted, stirring all the time. Bring it to a boil and then clip a sugar thermometer on the pan. Continue to boil (and stir) until the thermometer reaches 113C (235F).
Remove from the heat and add the white chocolate chips, fluff and vanilla, stirring until all of that has melted into the mixture. Lastly add the cola and coconut flavourings and the limejuice. Stir until combined and pour into the prepared tin.
Allow this to set for at least 4 hours at room temperature. When it is set, carefully turn out from the tin and with a sharp knife cut into cubes. I cut at least 36 cubes from mine.
And that is Dirty Coke Fudge UK Style. My tasters absolutely loved this fudge and one person even said it was the ‘best fudge they had ever tasted’. Which isn’t a bad recommendation at all.