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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TWO Last Minute HOMEMADE Yummy Gifts

How are your holiday preparations coming along?  Have you finished all your shopping, wrapped all your presents, sent out your cards and started to bake and cook for your holiday meals?  Goodness, that all sounds sounds overwhelming!!!  I may have about 1/2 of the above project at a time is all I can continue to say to myself  in an effort to keep my stress level down.  So in light of reducing stress I am here to offer you TWO simple and scrumptious recipes for HOMEMADE food gifts.  You are going to LOVE them!

I am going to start with a fabulous fudge recipe (a rich, smooth and decadent treat)...

 and then I will follow it up with a colorful and sweet popcorn treat (coated with white chocolate and studded with M n M's and Honey Roasted peanuts)....

Get your napkins will be drooling over both recipes I can tell you that. :-)

Nutella Fudge
(recipe from Let's Dish - also found on Cookin' Canuck)


1 Tbsp butter - for buttering pan

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup Nutella - at room temperature

3 Tbsp unsalted butter - at room temperature, cut into 1/2" pieces

sprinkles or sparkled sugar (optional)


1. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8x8 square baking pan with 1 Tbsp of butter.  Line pan with parchment paper...make sure 2" of overlap exist on the sides of pan from the parchment paper.

2. In a medium heat proof bowl combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, Nutella and 3 Tbsp butter....

3. Set heat proof bowl over a simmering pan of water.  Make sure simmering water does not touch bottom of heat proof bowl - this will cause the chocolate mixture to burn if not watched carefully. 

4. Stir mixture occasionally until chocolate chips  are melted fully and the whole mixture is smooth.  This takes about 5-7 minutes....

5. Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Spread with a spatula to smooth over the top....

 Sprinkle with sprinkles or sparkling sugar if you wish.....

  Cover and refrigerate fudge until firm - at least 2 hours if not longer.

6. Lift fudge filled parchment paper out of pan and cut into small squares.  Package as you wish and giveaway with happiness!

Happy Nutella Fudge Making!

Now onto the yummy popcorn....

White Chocolate Popcorn
(recipe discovered on Jaime Cooks it Up! -one of my very favorite blogs!)


  2 bags of microwave popcorn - (I air popped my popcorn and made about 10 cups of popcorn instead of using microwave popcorn)

2 (12oz) bags of white chocolate chips

1 Tbsp shortening

1 cup Holiday M and M's

1 cup Honey Roasted peanuts


1. Pop your popcorn - microwave or air pop - into a large bowl.  Set aside.

2. Put white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for 45 seconds then stir.  Continue to heat and stir every 30 seconds.  Heat chocolate slowly for you don't want to burn your chocolate by melting it too fast in the microwave.

3. Once chocolate is completely melted add in the 1 Tbsp of shortening.  Stir well to fully incorporate....

4. Slowly pour white chocolate over popcorn......

 and mix carefully.  (I poured a little over my popcorn and then stirred it through gently and then repeated until all the white chocolate was mixed into the popcorn) 

5.  Add in M and M's and peanuts....

  The peanuts and M and M's will stick nicely to the warm white chocolate popcorn as you stir them into mixture.

6. Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper.  Divide popcorn between the two sheets and allow the chocolate to set onto popcorn (about 30 minutes).  Break popcorn into chunks and package up into pretty bags or tins.  SUPER yum!

Happy White Chocolate Popcorn Making!!!


  1. Avril, the nutella fudge had my name all over it! Have the merriest Christmas ever.

  2. I love M&Ms in my popcorn... but adding honey roasted peanuts AND white chocolate is just plain mean. My pants will never fit at this point. Looks delicious!

  3. Both of these treats look like winners, Avril! I'm trying to reduce my stress far, so good:) Merry Christmas!

  4. Nutella fudge sounds like it could be the best dessert ever! I'm so putting this on my list to try!

  5. Both recipes look great but the nutella fudge is the one that really got my attention. I can't wait to give this a try.

  6. Both recipes look fantastic! You are really into baking, and you are due in about 3 weeks! You are really something! I remember when I was so huge, all I want is, rest! Cheers to you! Wishing you, family and baby a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  7. Oh, that fudge!! I love the addition of Nutella in there and I just may have about 1 cup of it left in the pantry. :)

  8. Nutella fudge? holy yum!

    I'm sorry it's taking em so long to get caught up Avril. I've been busy doing all those things you talked about :-) Just finished my gift wrapping and have about a handulf more cards to send and then I'm done! woo hoo!

    Hop you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Many blessings to you,


  9. A friend gave me a bag of the white choc. popcorn for Christmas but she used a bag of that puffed was delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I made the white chocolate popcorn myself last week - it's really good. The fudge is going on my 'must make' list. I am always looking for new things to do with nutella!

    LOVE the belly picture - so cute!!

  11. Both recipes are look too much fantastic. i like popcorn.

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