Saturday, August 10, 2013

A homemade Christmas gift

This is an idea that can actually be used at any time of the year, but I'm using it as an idea for Christmas. It makes a great gift for neighbors, teachers, you name it. So here it is:

This is a box with homemade fudge squares wrapped in a red fabric. Who wouldn't like to get a beautiful and delicious gift like this? Below you will find the recipe for this easy and delicious microwave, yes you read it right, microwave fudge. You will also get the tip on the wrapping. Enjoy
Fudge Recipe

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.                           

 Cut the fudge in squares and wrap them individually in tin foil



Place them in a box ( I wrapped a box that I already had with white paper because, as you know, I recycle a lot) with some shredded red or green paper in the bottom (basket filling), or use shredded newspapers for a more vintage look, but in this case you'll have to use the same style for the wrapping.
Wrap the box with a see through red,  green or gold fabric. You don't have a piece of fabric like that? No problem. You can use 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 be posting ideas for Christmas gift tags and how to make them soon.
Variations for the fudge 
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

I hope you'll have fun making this recipe, and those who enjoy it will pass it along.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderfully blessed weekend.
Vanias Reed