Sunday, December 03, 2006

{ 2 easy christmas treats to make }

Here's a couple of recipes that I enjoy making every year. In fact, I have just made the fudge and put it in the fridge and I have the popcorn popping away as I madly type this. ;-)

These treats are so simple to make and everyone absolutely loves them!

Chocolate Fudge

3 cups (750 ml) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. (5 ml.) vanilla
nuts (optional - I never add them)

Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with waxed paper.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. Melt them together over low heat, stirring once in a while, until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the mixture into the lined pan, spreading it evenly and smoothing the top. Put it in the fridge until it solidifies – about an hour.

This makes quite a lot of fudge – about 1½ lbs. (750 g).

Poppycock (otherwise known as caramel popcorn)

A big bowl of popped popcorn (I pop it on the stove in a little canola oil)
Toasted mixed nuts (I toast them for a few minutes on a hot frying pan, just until you can start to smell them)
1/2 cup real butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light Karo Syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Boil brown sugar, syrup, vanilla and salt for 5 min. Then add 1 tsp baking soda (it will foam). Quickly pour over popped corn. Bake on flat cookie sheets (I prefer to use a metal jelly roll pan because it has edges to prevent everything from falling into the oven) for 1 hr at 200 degrees, stirring corn every 15 to 20 minutes.

I'd love to see what your favorite Christmas treats are! Please leave a comment to let me know what treats you love to make and/or eat during the holidays.


  1. Awwww, what a sweetie to share your Christmas treats with everyone! I usually make soft ginger snap cookies, and some others, but those I decide last min.

  2. Your fudge recipe looks so easy and so yummy! I am going to make it today (I have today off - Yippy). My favorite treat is Christmas Cookies made with almond extract in the cookies and the frosting.

  3. Hi Cindy, Thanks for visiting my blog. To answer your question, ACLU stands for American Civil Liberties Union.
    Great recipes, I love fudge!

  4. Yummy! We used to always make that popcorn growing up... maybe it's time to start that tradition again with my own kids - they would love it!

  5. These sound very yummy! I might have to try the fudge. I have never made fudge. I always make ginger cookies and sometimes I make date cookies. As a thank you for sharing your yummy recipes I am going to post a yummy recipe that my sister-in-law gave me. Cranberry, nut mix and white chocolate!! It is sooooo yummy.
    Thanks for sharing, Cindy!!

  6. These sound yummy - can't wait to give them a try :)

  7. I have the fudge cooliing in my fridge right now! It took 14 minutes to make! Thanks for sharing your recipe.