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.

 Variations:
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