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Hope you all had a very merry Christmas, and happy new year to you all in cyber-land 🙂
Christmas is sometimes a VERY expensive time for people, with gifts and food etc. I decided to try a save a little money, and get into the good books of family and friends, by making fudge. Vanilla fudge for a couple of friends we were staying with for boxing day, and chocolate fudge for my parents when G and I went over to theirs for Christmas day.
I honestly found that the chocolate fudge was a) by far the yummiest and b) by far the easiest, although I’m posting both recipes so please feel free to make your own minds up hehe 🙂
Vanilla Fudge – Makes roughly 36 squares
397g condensed milk
450g demerarar sugar
1) Line a 8 inch x 8 inch pan with greaseproof paper or cling film.
2) Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.
3) Add the milk.
4) Add the sugar a bit at a time until it has fully dissolved.
5) Add the condensed milk and mix fully.
6) Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes, making sure to keep mixing and scraping the bottom of the pan to stop it from sticking.
7) The mix is ready when the mixture reaches approximately 118°C on a sugar thermometer or forms a small ball of fudge when a bit is dropped into ice water.
8) Take the mixture off the heat and start to beat the mix until it thickens.
9) Pour the mix into the pre-lined pan and leave to set in the fridge.
10) Carefully cut into squares.
£2.24 for the whole tray.
Chocolate Fudge – Makes roughly 32 squares
400g milk chocolate finely chopped (or chocolate chips)
397g condensed milk
1) Line a dish with greaseproof paper or cling film. (I used a 9 inch x 7 inch dish for this one as my 8 x 8 was in use with the vanilla fudge haha 🙂
2) In a pan, melt the butter over a low heat.
3) Gradually add the chocolate to the pan, waiting until each batch melts fully before adding the next lot.
4) Once fully melted, add the condensed milk to the pan and mix completely.
5) Pour the mix into the lined dish and place in the fridge to set.
6) Carefully cut into squares.
£2.33 for the whole tray.
I wrapped them up in greaseproof paper and placed them into a cheap festive cupcake box (without the cupcake holder insert in place) from poundland (3 for £1)
Total cost for essentially 4 presents (two couples): £5.24
I won’t bother with the calories, it’s christmas after all 😉
Cheers for now,