It's the most wonderful time of the year! I am such a massive fan of Christmas, my Mum was the same and I am determined that I will instill that festive spirit in my boys - whether they like it or not...ho ho ho!
It makes me a bit sad that so much of Christmas is now fuelled by materialistic things like over the top toys and having to send £100's of pounds just to get your kids the 'right' gift for the big day. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure if I had a more affluent lifestyle then I'd probably spoil my little ones but I want them to associate this time of the year with fun and love and the spirit of giving - so we're doing little and lots this month to make that happen.
I've created an advent activity list which is essentially an envelope every day filled with a different promise of an activity for us to do as a family. Day number 1 was watch Elf and Day 2 is all about making Christmas decorations to hang on our tree. I'll publish the full list later this week so you can see what we'll be up to and maybe it will fuel some ideas for you and your family? This list is about making time for me and the boys to spend together each day, and later this month we'll be buying a few small toys to donate to charity so I hope they'll start to realise what this season is really all about (for me anyway!).
Annnnd, of course we'll be baking! Gingerbread men, christmas brownies, cookies etc. I LOVE baking with the boys and we'll be making some gifts for friends and neighbours (don't worry, I'll make sure they wash their hands..!). First up today is white chocolate and gingerbread fudge.
I love white chocolate and gingerbread together and this easy recipe for fudge creates a really creamy fudge that you can whip up in minutes. The idea for popping it onto straws was actually created by my 3yr old when I handed him a piece to try and he immediately popped it onto a straw. Genius!
This treat is so fast to make and took me about 15mins from start to finish so it's a great fast dessert to make if you need a last minute pudding or edible gift for a friend! I store this fudge in the fridge as it can get quite soft when left at room temp but it's yummy either way and will last for up to 1 week packaged and stored.
White chocolate and gingerbread fudge pops - makes 32 small squares or 16 large pop sized squares
- 1 x 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (standard tin size in the UK)
- 600g white chocolate (chopped for quick melting)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of mixed spice
- Gingerbread man sprinkles (optional)
- Line an 8" square tin with greaseproof paper and set aside.
- Pour condensed milk and white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 2-3 minutes (dependant on your microwave), or until white chocolate is almost completely melted. DO NOT OVERHEAT. Stir until completely blended, melted, and smooth. Add vanilla.
- Pour half of your mixture into a small bowl and add your spices stirring until combined. If it starts to set then just reheat for a few secs to loosen it again before spreading into your prepared tin. Smooth off layer with a spatula.
- Leave the fudge for a few mins before pouring the plain white chocolate fudge over the gingerbread layer. Again, if the fudge has started to set in the bowl then just reheat for a few seconds as this will make it easier to pour.
- Pour into the tin and then leave to set in the fridge. Cut into squares when completely cold for a nice clean cut and then insert your straws or lollipop sticks if you'd like to make them into pops. You can also just cut them into squares and wrap them in gift bags as a lovely treat