One of my daughter’s friends was just about to celebrate a milestone birthday. Sally is allergic to cocoa butter and so can not have a lot of the chocolate that is available in the shops. We have worked out the cooking chocolate that we can use in my fudge recipe that you can find here. I worked out a gift that I could make for her with some special touches from my daughter.
We started with this split ring…
And then I made a series of numbered tags, one for each year, each tag had a punch on the back with sweet sentiments about their friendship.
As you can see they are a collection of different themes and ideas, current and retired products.
This cute little cat was made with the Fox Builder Punch.
Once all the tags were made I added them to 18 bags of fudge…
The idea is that once the fudge is all gone the tags can be threaded onto the split ring as a book of love.
Here’s the card that Tegan had to go along with the gift…
Welcome back to the school term for 3 out of 4 of my kids! My eldest starts University this year, how crazy is that?
I’ve loved Scrapbooking for a long time but the main thing that hooked me into Stampin’ Up! was the ideas for gift packaging. With four kids in school I’m always keen for inexpensive thoughtful gifts for teachers and support staff. My fudge recipe is my typical gift but I love to have a new way to package it. (Find my fudge recipe here) I had a pile of Stampin’ Up! chevron bags (now retired) and I found an idea for the tag that I modified to suit the supplies that I have.
This particular group was given to our Tuckshop staff at each of our schools. If they wanted to they would be able to regift the bags and the tags. Also retired are the little clothespin pegs, our other clips would work well too. Product List
Here is the best fudge recipe I have ever known. It is a little tricky to get right at first so I’ll add all the tips I have learned along the way.
1 tin condensed milk
500g brown sugar
Put these ingredients into a large glass bowl and mix. Put into a microwave and cook for about 8 minutes on a medium heat stirring about 3 -4 times. It is going to get really hot, make sure you use oven mitts. When it is ready it will be all combined and bubbling. This is obviously not a recipe you want to make when kids are anywhere near you.
And then 375g roughly chopped cooking chocolate (you can use any type or flavour, dark choc will be very rich, white chocolate will give it a caramel flavour due to all the brown sugar. The cheaper the chocolate the better, my nicest fudge has been from plain label cheap chocolate). Add this quickly and combine very quickly with electric hand held beaters (or chuck it all in your thermomix if you are lucky enough to have one). Then quickly put it in a square container that you have lined with baking paper (my square Tupperware slice container works well). Set in the fridge but cut it at room temperature or the fudge will crack if you try to cut it straight from the fridge.
You can experiment as you go along. Chopped nuts are great, macadamias are particularly nice. My sister had even added Rum for my brother-in-law and he loved it.