Okay, so I made some fudge today. I have never made it before, and my forays into the kitchen are honestly few and far between. But in favor of my “make all my gifts in 2010” resolution, I am trying to think outside the box of paintings, boxes, and painted boxes.
So I made this recipe, found in my mother’s house on a sheet of green paper, author unknown:
“Peanut Butter Fudge”
1 cup plus 3 tbs peanut butter
1 cup butter (no substitutes)
3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 tbs baking cocoa
1 tbs vanilla extract
Does anyone see what’s wrong with this equation? Look again at the butter content. Needless to say, my peanut butter fudge is really just fudgy peanut butter, extra butter. So.
I put it in jars. Like true butter, it went willingly. Now, paired with a tin of pretzels and a bow (because what jar is not better with a bow?), you have chocolate covered pretzels, do it yourself style. Make a cute Martha-type label and you’re good to go.
To make some chocolate fudge spread meant for that purpose, try The British Larder, an adorable recipe blog, and the source of the above image (copyright grey area resolution notwithstanding):
To see how the professions do gifts in a jar, try this site and you’ll see what I mean about the bow:
I don’t know why both of these sites are from the UK. I suspect it’s because the Brits just do chocolate better. Ever had a Kit-Kat over there? It would blow your mind.