I’m sharing a couple of Christmas classics today – vanilla fudge and chocolate truffles. I have never been a fudge fan, and can’t remember ever trying it before meeting Jared. He loves the stuff. Chocolate is more my thing, so I decided to combine them to create an indulgent treat.
Both fudge and truffles are open to so many possibilities. I went for plain vanilla fudge but you could add orange, mint, peanut butter, marshmallows or chocolate. I like to overcook my fudge a little (it’s purposeful, honest). I prefer the burnt taste it gives and the less sticky texture. I hope this doesn’t offend any fudge experts out there.
A basic truffle recipe is very easy to adapt to incorporate new and exciting flavours. I chose vanilla with a cocoa coating, almond with ground almond coating, chocolate orange with a dark chocolate coating and chocolate with a flaked milk chocolate coating.
Packaging wise, Home Bargains do a fantastic range of cupcake boxes with a clear window. Remove the dividers and you have a versatile presentation box. I used greaseproof paper along the bottom, added the fudge, then added another layer of greaseproof paper, and popped the truffles on top.
I thought I’d add that neither of these are particularly child friendly makes – fudge is bubbly and hot, and truffles really need an adult to shape and coat.