Since I love almost all things STAR WARS, I also love Star Wars Day, May 4th. This year I’m planning to watch a few of the movies, so food to go along will just add to the occasion. I’ve got a recipe for the blue fudge below, inspired by one of the early scenes in the first Star Wars movie, A NEW HOPE. As a writer of sci fi, I’m interested in the world building that goes into creating an alternate universe. Food can play a big part of world building. It’s not a huge part of Star Wars, but who can forget the blue milk in that first movie? Seeing it helped make moviegoers aware that Tatooine was a strange place, not just a desert similar to Earth.
Remember Aunt Beru? The scene with the milk is one where Luke first mentions hearing about Obi Wan Kenobi. It’s the smallest of details, but that’s what world building is all about.
The blue milk comes from bantha, mammoth-like creatures that the sand people use for transportation.
It’s never explained who milks a bantha, but that’s just a fun detail we can leave to our imaginations.
So back to desserts to make. If the milk on Tatooine is blue, then desserts can be blue too.
I made a very easy fudge, which actually turned out to not only look interesting but tasted good too. I wanted it to taste unusual (after all we’re talking alternate universe here) so I added cardamon to the recipe, not something normally used with white chocolate.
I used chopped pistachio nuts on top because I hoped the green color of them would show up more than they did, but any sort of nut, dried fruit, or candy could be used.
Blue Bantha Fudge
butter for greasing the pan
3 cups white chocolate chips
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
Blue food coloring
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
chopped nuts or other toppings of your choice.
Grease an 8″ by 8″ square pan with the butter. Mix the white chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe pan. Heat at 30 second intervals until the chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in the food coloring and the cardamon. Spread the mixture in the pan. Top with nuts. Refrigerate until smooth. Cut into squares or other shapes. Store covered in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
If you want an even easier dessert, there is always blue jello, and jello always tastes better with whipped cream:
May the Force be With You! And if you are looking for young adult science fiction inspired by Star Wars, check out my Torch World series:
Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly 300 years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain. Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. 16-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things. During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders. Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home.