As it's pretty close to Christmas, I decided on Chocolate Bark (or something similar) and fudge.
The Chocolate Bark is particularly easy and effective - melt chocolate, shape into bars (or blocks, or freeform shapes) and add toppings.
The toppings I used were:
- Walnut, Almond and Pecan
- Almond and white chocolate nibs
- Walnut, dried cherry and dried cranberry
- Mixed fruit
- White chocolate swirl
Here they are setting:
There's two of each flavour, and I'll package them up in cellophane bags with pretty labels (pics to follow - once I've actually made the labels!)
Then fudge... It's gorgeous, but such a pain to make. Not complicated, but it requires a tonne of stirring.
Melt butter, sugar, milk and condensed milk together over a low heat. Stir lots until all the sugar had melted/dissolved. Then boil, stirring lots. After about 10 minutes of that, you take it off the heat and stir/beat for about another 10 minutes... Like I said, a tonne of stirring! Plus, it gets thicker during the last stage - so as your arm gets more and more tired, it gets more and more difficult to stir *rolls eyes*
It doesn't look like much right now, but it will be sliced into cubes and packaged in little boxes. There are 2 varieties here... Plain and Whisky. Having "tested" the reject sections, I can confirm that they are both very good *grins*