Homemade gifts are my favourites, knowing that someone has gone that extra mile to create something personal makes the gift all the more special. If the gift is edible - and includes chocolate – then even better!
This is a simple recipe with just three ingredients, and it only uses one mixing bowl so minimal washing up is required. It’s simple to elevate this recipe too, just check out my top tips for different flavour combinations - the possibilities are endless!
You can also combine the homemade chocolate fudge with some crafty packaging. We’ve designed some free downloadable Christmas gift tags to help add a personal touch to your Christmas gifting.
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You will Need
375g Chocolate, you can use Dark, Milk or White
One 397g Tin of Condensed Milk
75g Unsalted Butter
Free Downloadable Christmas Gift Tags
Small Cupcake Cases
How to Make
1. Grease and line an 18cm x 25cm tray bake/mini roasting tin.
2.Place all the ingredients into a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, stir the mixture frequently and allow all the ingredients to melt completely. Microwaving is also an option here, but be sure to use a non-reactive mixing bowl and stir the mixture at 20-30 second intervals to ensure the chocolate doesn't burn or seize.
3.Once all the ingredients are melted, give the mixture a good whisk for a couple of minutes until smooth, glossy and all the ingredients are well incorporated.
4.Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and gently spread the mixture with the back of a spoon or a spatula to help it find its own level. Gently tap the tin on the work surface to let any air bubbles escape.
5.Place the fudge into the fridge to set for at least two hours. Once completely set and while the fudge is still cool, cut into 3cm square pieces with a sharp knife.
The fudge is best stored in the fridge until ready to serve/gift!
Use the best quality chocolate you can afford. Depending on which chocolate you use each will yield a different texture. Dark chocolate is slightly firmer, milk is fudgier and white results in a softer chew.
To take your homemade fudge to the next level add some extra flavours. For white chocolate fold in 75g of cranberries before transferring to the fudge mixture to the tray. Likewise, for milk chocolate, try adding 75g of toasted chopped hazelnuts or the same quantity of crushed Amaretti biscuits.
Sprinkles are also a great way to add flavour and sparkle. For dark chocolate fudge try sprinkling over a little sea salt before transferring the fudge to the fridge, you could even try chilli flakes if you are feeling brave. Any festive 100s & 1000s will work well to.
Cut the fudge into any shape you like, I've gone for squares which I placed into small cupcake cases, but you could individually wrap the fudge by chopping the squares in half and wrapping them in squares of baking parchment. If you have a heart or star cookie cutter these would look great too!
For packaging, feel free to get as crafty as you like! We've combined Dovecraft ribbons with free downloadable Christmas tags. Jam jars and gift bags work well for wrapping up individual portions, or why not have a go at making your own gift box?
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