When I hear the word "fondant," the first thing I usually think of is rolled fondant, the candy paste often used to cover wedding cakes. But just like ice cream, or paint samples, or Beatles songs, there's a huge variety hiding under one all-purpose label. In addition to being rolled out, fondant can also be melted and used to dip fruits or other candies like fudge.
But one of the best uses for fondant is as a cream filling in chocolate candies. If you've ever enjoyed a lemon cream, or a raspberry cream, or a maple cream candy, you've had fondant--probably without even realizing it. This recipe for Honey Fondant is one of my favorite all-purpose cream filling recipes. It's flavored with honey and vanilla, so it has a light and subtle fragrance on its own. But it also takes other flavorings extremely well, so you can use it to make any number of other fruity cream candies. Plus it has a soft, light texture due to the addition of marshmallow cream, so the fondant doesn't sit like a rock on your stomach. Give it a try, roll it into balls, dip it in chocolate, and see if it doesn't make you a fondant believer.