Homemade food gifts like this Easy Holiday Fudge are a great way to show you care during the holidays.
Welcome Gina from Kleinworth & Co as part of Bake Craft Sew Decorate today. This last summer I had the opportunity to meet Gina in person while we were visiting her town of Coeur d’alene, Idaho. Gina is a doll and we were able to meet her husband and her children too. It was fun to spend time with them and get to know her better. Gina is an amazing cook and photographer – she’s got the pretty and delicious down! Be sure and check out her blog! In addition to all the Bake ideas here on the blog my friends Mique will be sharing Craft ideas and Cindy will be sharing Sew ideas and Mallory and Savannah at Classy Clutter will be sharing decorate ideas! Exciting right!? Be sure to check out all the ideas they are sharing each day as part of Bake Craft Sew Decorate
This time of year the schedules get so hectic. There’s always a million things on the to-do list & it just never seems to slow down. When the season starts getting away from me it can be easy to resort to stopping at the store & picking up a handful of generic gifts for people like the neighbors or co-workers. But it’s so impersonal. I truly feel that if you are going to go through the effort to give a gift, it should have some meaning behind it. Something really from the heart. Homemade gifts are just the way to do that.
I know what you are thinking, “she just said she has no time”. I did. But I have found that when I stop to take a look at why my schedule or my task list is snowballing out of control, it’s often times because of the self-imposed things & pressures I have put on myself. So it’s then I can reassess & start taking off the unnecessary & make time for the things that are truly important. Like family time & the act of giving.
You see, time in the kitchen making gifts for others is sort of a family tradition for us. I grew up making fudge in mass quantities with my mom every season. Our house smelled like a bakery & it was magical. She was known for her fudge & the requests for it during the holidays would start flooding in around the beginning of October. She was a sweets genius & fortunately out of all the recipes she created, she made sure I mastered the fudge. Now I spend afternoons in the kitchen with my girls talking & mixing while we enjoy some holiday tunes. It’s very special & I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
- 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Margarine do not use butter
- 1 5oz Can Evaporated Milk
- 1 7oz Jar Marshmallow Cream
- 3 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- the best quality you can find - this makes all the difference in the world - Please do not use generic or low priced dark chocolate. It contains too many paraffins & fillers
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 bag holiday M&M's
- Line 9x13 glass pan with parchment & then spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Put semi-sweet chocolate chips & vanilla in mixer bowl. Set aside.
- Heat sugar, margarine, evaporated milk & marshmallow cream in 3 qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir until mixture boils, boil for 5 full minutes- stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat. Pour into mixer bowl over the top of the chocolate chips.
- Beat with whip attachment in mixer until it's smooth & looks like silk. (if you did not use premium chocolate- it will be grainy & watery)
- Transfer to your prepared dish.
- Top with M&M's
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting & serving.
It’s truly delicious & so easy to make.
Everyone on your list will be thrilled to receive a package of this!
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