It’s the Holiday Season and as I work through our holiday gift list, invariably my husband hands me his own. In general his list is comprised of mostly gifts for coworkers. We are talking about presents for 8-10 people he works with which is not a lot. But it is people from different backgrounds and at different stages in life,so what do you do? What can you give them that will appeal to everyone without breaking the bank?
In cases like this I love to turn to homemade gifts, because not only are they make the gift special and more personal. In previous years I have made chocolate dipped biscotti and wrapped them nicely. Anyone could use a cookie with their afternoon coffee. But this year I wanted to do something different. After so many of you mentioned using Carnation Evaporated Milk to make chocolate fudge for the holidays I decided to try my hand at making fudge. Looking back I probably chewed more than I could bite but I am happy with the results. Here’s the recipe and cost breakdown for this homemade gift idea:
Holiday Chocolate Fudge
- 3 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can Carnation evaporated milk
- 2 cups chopped nuts
- 1 (12 ounce) package Nestle Tollhouse semisweet chocolate chips
- 12 (1 ounce) squares German sweet chocolate
- 2 cups marshmallow creme
- Butter two 9×9 inch baking pans and set aside.
- Place chocolate chips, German chocolate, marshmallow creme, and nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a 4 quart saucepan, combine sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, and cook for 6 minutes.
- Pour boiling syrup over ingredients in bowl, beat until all chocolate is melted. Pour into prepared pans. Let stand a few hours before cutting.
I spent under $10 on all ingredients. Then I stopped by the Dollar Store to get a cute holiday metal tins to put them in. So I spent $18 on six presents which I think is a very good deal for such a delicious indulgence.
You Can Do It Too
While you may think that you have to be crafty or a good cook to make homemade gifts, you are wrong. I like how Amy from Mom Advice put it, what you really need to be is resourceful and point yourself towards the right information to help you get this done. That’s why I hope you will check out Amy’s Series “Gifts You can Make.” She has step by step instructions on how to make:
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