I have been bitten by the Holiday bug this past week. Nutcracker, Thanksgiving coming up, and just the overall feeling of the holidays being RIGHT HERE, it's got me feeling very festive!
Last weekend was the Nutcracker production that Em was in. It was absolutely exhausting and beautiful and I shed a few tears. (I will definitely be posting about it soon!). Between three performances in two days, my sister and I whipped up SEVERAL batches of fudge. Thankfully fudge is incredibly easy to make that I could make a few batches, pour it into pans, run off to another performance and come back to it being set.
Also, I got the great idea that I wanted to make glitter mason jars. I figured that between the fudge and glitter jars, some friends of mine will be getting some SWEET gifts!
For YOU, my dear readers- you get a DOUBLE whammy post! Woot! I am not only going to share with you the recipe for peppermint crunch fudge BUT how to make these incredibly beautiful glitter coated mason jars. If I can make allllllllllll the fudge, attend three performances of the Nutcracker AND make the glitter mason jars, you can, too! I promise! Seriously.
These make incredible gifts! Wrap up the fudge, put into a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs container, put it in a gift bag with one of the mason jars and BAM! Handmade thoughtful gift!
I like using the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs because they feature the Quik Clik Seal™ which keeps food secure (spill prevention! Win!), they're microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, and they come in a HUGE variety of sizes! I find them in the housewares section at Walmart. Speaking of Walmart, there's an Ibotta $1 Off Of Any 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Products rebate offer, exclusive to Walmart shoppers. Definitely take advantage of THAT deal when it begins on November 25th!
Ready to make some fudge?!
Peppermint Crunch Fudge Recipe
5 oz can of evaporated milk
3 cups of sugar
3/4 cup butter
10 oz bag of Peppermint Crunch baking chips*
7 oz marshmallow creme (one jar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed peppermint candy cane pieces
1. Line a 9X13 cake pan with aluminum foil (or parchment paper works, too).
2. Bring sugar, milk and butter to a rolling boil over medium heat.
3. Boil for 4 minutes and remove from heat.
4. Stir in marshmallow creme first (I find it melts better this way), then stir in baking chips and vanilla extract.
5. Pour into cake pan and sprinkle crushed candy cane pieces over the top layer.
6. Allow to sit until cool.
7. Once cool, just lift the aluminum foil or parchment paper and the entire batch of fudge comes out.
8. Cut into pieces, wrap in parchment (or plastic wrap), tie with twine and put into containers to gift!
*If you can't find them, use white baking chips instead, add 1 tsp of peppermint (instead of vanilla) and if you wish, a few drops of red food coloring.
Now to make some extra sparkle happen...
These are soooooooooooooo ridiculously easy to make. They do take about an hour to make but ONLY because of the time needed in between coats to allow the glue to dry.
All you need is your favorite glue (that works on glass), I always use the podge stuff, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, glitter, a sponge brush, a pint size mason jar and high gloss acrylic sealer (not really required but if your jar feels tacky from the glue, spray it with this stuff to seal it and your're good to go). The same company that makes mod podge makes the acrylic sealer.
How to make an Easy Glitter Mason Jar
1. Wet cotton balls with rubbing alcohol. Wipe the outside of the jar. I do this to clean it up in case there's anything on the jar that may prevent the glue from sticking. Allow to dry.
2. Apply a liberal coat of glue with sponge brush over the entire outside of the jar.
3. Sprinkle with glitter. (I like to do this over paper so I can sprinkle the over spill back on to the jar).
4. Allow to dry. (about 10-15 minutes)
5. Apply another layer of glue and glitter. Allow to dry.
6. Repeat until you are pleased with the glitter coverage and put another coat of glue over the last layer of glitter to seal the final coat. I do three layers. You can do as many as you like!
7. Once dry, spray acrylic sealer and allow to dry over night on paper.
8. Gift with fudge! I also like throwing in flameless tea lights in the jars to make a super cute sparkly piece.
Cute gift package!
Do you like to give handmade gifts?
What is your favorite?
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