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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We didn’t do a whole lot but we did finish up shopping for the girls Winter clothes yesterday. Let me just say, once you’ve lived in Florida for three years, you don’t have a whole lot of cold weather clothes and buying all of that stuff over again can be a serious hit. It’s done though, so that’s what matters!
I also did some shopping at Big Lots over the weekend, because some of our friends are doing ornament and mug exchanges for Christmas. I was trying to figure out a way to make the packages a little more fun, and thought adding some easy and delicious fudge would definitely spice them up! So today, I’m sharing a fudge recipe and a little inspiration in case you are sending a package to a friend this holiday season.
I got everything I needed (that I didn’t already have on hand) at Big Lots. They have the cutest gift wrap and gift boxes. I love that I didn’t have to go running around town trying to find what I was looking for. It’s always nice to be able to grab everything you need at the first place you stop. Big Lots definitely made shopping for this gift packages a breeze!
So this fudge is super easy. It is a no bake recipe with very few ingredients!
What you’ll need:
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup prepared coffee
- 1/2 cup of peppermint candies (Big lots had them finely chopped!)
- wax paper
So first, go ahead and line a pan with wax paper. Next, you are going to start slowly melting your chocolate. For Peppermint Mocha fudge, empty 12 oz of chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon of butter, peppermint and a coffee into a bowl. You can melt these down a couple of different ways. You can microwave (very carefully) or you can melt with a bain marie. I used a bain marie as the chocolate will melt evenly and not scorch like it would in the microwave.
pro tip: In order to melt using the bain marie method, place a small amount of water in a pan on the stove. Once it is simmering, place a heat proof pot (the bowl you’ve got your chocolate in) over top. The water from the pot underneath will slowly and evenly melt your chocolate mixture.
Once the mixture is completely melted, pour into your prepared pan and let set for about 10 minutes. Once it is starting to harded, drop more peppermint candies into the mixture, pat them down with a wooden spoon and let it set the rest of the way. This should only take about 45 minutes in the fridge.
Once it has set and cooled, cut into little squares! If you aren’t shipping these, you’re done. But if you are trying to give these as a gift, keep reading.
So as I said before, I am in a mug exchange. I wanted to do more than just send my friend a mug. I found these cute boxes at Big Lots and the paper too. So I am just wrapping my fudge tightly in the wax paper, and adding that into the fun gift box with the mug.
This is a super easy, fun and thoughtful gift for any loved one! You can also make tons of different variations of fudge with this recipe. So set off to Big Lots and tell me below what kind of fudge you’ll be trying with this recipe!