Families are like Fudge… Mostly Sweet with Lots of Nuts! Here’s a fun, yummy gift idea that is easy to put together and will be well received by almost anyone!
Several years ago my best friend dragged me out shopping on Boxing day and I found this adorable silicone mold on a clearance rack and I scooped it up as fast as I could. You don’t have to wait until after Christmas, I’ve discovered this same mold is available here on Amazon.
Holiday Fudge Gift Idea
1 Batch of your Favorite Fudge Recipe, here are several of our favorites:
- Maple Walnut Fudge
- Maple Bacon Fudge
- New England Penuche Fudge
- Chocolate Fudge (with or without nuts)
- Dreamy Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge
- Pumpkin Walnut Fudge
Spray the mold with non-stick cooking spray (whatever brand you prefer, or use your Misto sprayer) or place a sandwich baggie on your hand and lightly butter the mold with softened (room temperature) butter. Place it on a cooling rack for stability and to prevent your fudge or candy from having any cracks in it.
Cook the fudge according to the recipe directions, when the recipe is ready to be poured into a pan, pour it into the silicone mold.
The mold offers 6 wells, so you could make 6 different types of fudge out of a single batch. For example, make one batch of plain chocolate, pour it into the mold and then immediately add 1/3 cup chopped peppermint candy cane pieces to 1 well, 1/4 c. chopped walnuts to another well, 1/4 c. chopped almonds to another, you get the drift right?!
Let the fudge sit undisturbed for 2 hours on the cooling rack to cool and harden.
Place a sheet of foil or parchment paper over the top of the cooled fudge, then place a cookie sheet over the foil. Carefully and quickly invert the silicone pan, flipping them over. As you can see here, I simply used my favorite wooden cutting board.
Gently lift the silicone mold off the fudge.
Slice between the bars to separate them and wrap the bricks individually for gift giving. Once they’ve been wrapped they can be frozen for up to 2 months as well. I recommend vacuum sealing them if you’re planning on freezing them to ensure they stay fresh and avoid freezer burn.
Not Just for Fudge
This mold can be used for peppermint bark, a giant “Needham”, a giant peanut butter cup, fudge, brittle and much more. Wilton also makes a Christmas Stack and Melt candy bark mold as well, except that it’s a bit smaller.
The molds can also be used to bake cookies, brownies or quickbreads, but you’ll need to adjust the baking time in your recipes as the shallow pan tends to cook faster. Be sure to place the silicone pan on a sturdy baking sheet to prevent the designs from cracking prematurely.
If you have a friend or family member that is a fan of Frozen, you can create fun food gifts for them as well using this adorable Olaf candy bark mold.