This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
Think about your last vacation. Well, vacation in the U.S. Did you go to a tourist trap? Maybe the beach? Or even a cute little artisan colony? What is one thing that always seems to be available at these popular vacation destinations? FUDGE.
Seriously think about it. Every place I’ve gone to on vacation this year has had a prominent fudge store or candy store that really advertised their fudge. Go into some of the more popular highway restaurants that feature a cute little country store. Yep, you guessed it, they carry fudge. And people buy the heck out of it.
Now I can’t begin to tell you why fudge is so popular but I can tell you that Rob and I became a bit obsessed with finding the best fudge we could (long story short we actually found our favorite in Oklahoma City, OK – who would’ve thunk it) but now whenever we get a sliver of fudge from here or there we always start to reminisce about out trips out and it’s pretty amazing.
Since vacation is typically a happy time and Christmas is a time when people more freely eat desserts and cookies and candy I’ve got a great little gift for you to make for your friends or neighbors. These white chocolate raspberry fudge Christmas trees wind up ringing in at about $2.50 apiece which isn’t super cheap but think about how much you last paid for fudge. It’s pricey.
One of these trees is more than enough to satisfy the sweet tooth of a family of 4 or 5 and they’re dang cute to boot. Since I wanted to get a flavor that was more holiday themed and white so I could color it green I reached for the International Delight White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Creamer on my last visit to Target. By the way, Target is freaking insane with the Christmas awesome sauce this year. There is so much pretty stuff! I. Want. It. All. :)
While I was at Target and perusing all things holiday I found these super sweet little tree shaped cookie cutters which paired perfectly with the decorator sugar Christmas light embellishments I found and instinctively tossed into my basket. And when I got home I whipped these cuties up with about 30 minutes worth of effort total. Not bad, eh? Grab your choice flavor of International Delight, Dunkin’ Donuts or Silk coffee creamer, hit up the Christmas aisle for some inspiration and let’s get on this, shall we?
For this project you will need:
- 1/2 c. International Delight, Dunkin’ Donuts or Silk coffee creamer
- 36 oz. white chocolate chips
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- food coloring
- candy or decorator embellishments
- cookie cutters
- aluminum foil
Hand wash your cookie cutters and surround the bottom (sharper side) with aluminum foil.
Choose your fave flavor, or check out the special holiday flavors, and get ready to make some super easy fudge!
Into a medium sized sauce pan place your chocolate and condensed milk.
Measure about 1/2 cup of creamer…
… and add to your pan.
Over medium heat and while constantly stirring melt your chocolate chips until smooth.
Add food coloring and stir to mix until the color is uniform.
Pour fudge inside of your cookie cutters as cleanly as you can but know that you can totally clean up any mistakes here in a little bit so don’t stress too hard. I literally poured straight from the hot pan into the foil lined cutters and made a bit of a mess but not too bad!
Quickly push your decorative bits and pieces into the fudge so that it will get nice and stuck in there and won’t fall off later! Allow to cool completely and set up, overnight is best.
But, heck, we all have times when we need to get things done in a hurry, right! Let the topside of the fudge harden so that when touched it holds its shape, or about an hour. Carefully remove the foil from the other side and turn upside down. Allow the other side to dry as well. Take care of your sweet touches on the front side. You don’t want to accidentally mess those beauties up!
Using a butter knife and a paper towel clean up any fudge that might have found its way on the outside of the cookie cutter. This may seem daunting but the fudge wipes of pretty easily and the knife can be used in tight spots or corners. If you find that your fudge is being a big stubborn, a warm, wet paper towel will do wonders!
All cookie cutters are going to be different but I was able to fill 8 easily with fudge with a little bit left over on a piece of foil for me and Rob :) This may not be a great project for huge groups, like say everybody you work with but it’s a wonderful homemade gift that’s good to make for smaller groups. Because as every tourist spot has taught us, just about everybody loves fudge!
Be sure to stop by Target for everything you need including your International Delight, Dunkin’ Donuts or Silk coffee creamer, cookie cutters and cutie patootie sugar Christmas lights and hop on it! Oh, and if white chocolate raspberry isn’t your thing, I have to tell you that there is also Peppermint Mocha and Frosted Sugar Cookie flavors that would make fab holiday gifts too! Oh again be sure to use the Cartwheel App to save 5% from December 1 – December 24 on your coffee creamer, too!