Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine's Day

What do you give for Valentine's Day? Chocolate? How about doing something a little different from the traditional? Still chocolate, but homemade. Actually an easy and delicious microwave fudge. 

You will need:  3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
                                1 can sweetened condensed milk
                                1 tsp vanilla

Line 8x8 inch (20cm  x 20cm) pan with wax paper and set aside.
In large microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla.  Pour fudge mixture into pan. Refrigerate until firm. Do not keep in the refrigerator for too long.

Here is what your fudge should look like.

For sweeter fudge use 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup milk chocolate chips.
For chocolate walnut fudge add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts after vanilla.
For peppermint fudge add 1/2 tsp peppermint flavoring (not oil) after vanilla. Press 6 crushed peppermint candy on top of fudge before refrigerating.
For peanut butter fudge use 4 cups peanut butter chips
Cut the fudge in squares and wrap them individually in tin foil

 Place them in a box with some shredded red paper in the bottom (basket filling), or use shredded newspapers for a more vintage look.

Wrap the box. I used this beautiful red fabric.

You can also use red tissue paper and clear decorated cellophane as shown below.

Make a beautiful bow and a tag. I used a silver bow because the pieces of fudge were wrapped in silver foil. ( I'll post soon the directions for tags)

Here is your Valentine's Day gift for that someone special, and it is entirely homemade.

Vanias Reed