In my quest for simple and inexpensive DIY gifts, I have come across probably hundreds of projects at this point. Some are not so simple, some are not so inexpensive, and some are just impractical or pointless for the people that would be receiving them. I kept going back to what gifts I like to receive, and the overall theme is something that I can enjoy rather than something that is sheerly practical. A fun mug, a bath bomb, and baking are up there on the list, as they all allow me to relax and enjoy myself for a few moments. The idea of fudge caught my eye; seems simple enough, requires few ingredients, and packaged well will present lovely!
Fudge recipes seem to run the gamut; they can have anywhere from three to ten ingredients. While I’m sure that experienced fudgists (that’s what they are called, right?) can cope with many ingredients, as a beginner I decided to go with the simplest possible. I personally am not a fan of melting chocolate in the microwave, it’s finnicky and difficult to control. I decided to take a microwave fudge recipe and make it on the stove! Given that this is an area I have little experience in, I’m not entirely sure if that will cause lasting problems for the fudge, but I will update the post if something appears later.
-3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 can of sweetened condensed milk
-1/4 cup of butter
-1 cup of chopped walnuts, optional (I omitted this, not necessarily my favourite- sorry, Dad!)
1. Combine condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter in double boiler; melt and mix over medium heat.
2. Pour into greased 8×8 pan; let set in fridge until hardened.
As you can see, it’s really not a terribly difficult recipe. All in all, it took maybe 15 minutes total from start to finish, not including setting time. I think that it will have a nicer presentation if I use a smaller pan and if I specifically try to settle it. I’ve noticed that a lot of the fudge I buy isn’t perfectly flat and even though, so I will have to give the “artfully messy” look a try. I plan on picking up some small, festive bags from the dollar store to wrap them; I’ll probably grab a few different designs for the different treats I will be wrapping! I’m also probably going to give this recipe a try using butterscotch chips- that would be a nice option for those who are crazy for cocoa.
I have to say that I am really enjoying these DIY gifts! Not only am I making personalised presents, I’m learning new skills and having fun. While I love shopping for presents for the people that I love, I’m enjoying making their presents even more. I’m hoping that everyone appreciates and enjoys their gifts, but at least I’ve had fun in the process if they don’t end up liking them. More DIY posts will be coming in the next few weeks, giving you lots of time to try your hand at them as well!
Do you give out baking for the holidays? Which are your favourite recipes?