by Brooke Tolman
(last updated November 23, 2009)
Chocolate is a classic favorite for most people. You can never go wrong giving chocolate as a gift. The problem is that buying specialty chocolate gift baskets can often cost an arm and a leg, even for a cheap one. The best solution is to make your own chocolate gifts, not only are they cheaper, but they come from the heart.
Fudge is an easy chocolate gift to give to someone. You can make a wide variety of fudge, ranging from raspberry fudge to dark chocolate to mint fudge, with everything from nothing on top to nuts on top, or mixed it. Making fudge is a holiday tradition in my family. We all get together in the kitchen and make enough for ourselves, our neighbors, all our friends and sometimes teachers and other acquaintances. We then cut it into fun shapes, depending on the holiday, and wrap it up. People love it, and we can cater it to whatever people like best. It's the perfect gift for anyone.
Another fun chocolate gift idea is to dip things in chocolate. Not only is it a fun way to get kids involved but you can dip almost anything in chocolate and it instantly becomes ten times more delicious. Some classic chocolate dipped treats are chocolate covered cherries, strawberries, and pretzels. You can dip almost any type of cookies or crackers for a delicious treat. Dried fruit, raisins, or any type of candy are a great idea too. Another spin to dipping things in chocolate is to dip spoons in chocolate, let them dry and they package them up with some hot chocolate, they are great for stirring the hot chocolate. You can even get creative with any of these things and mix dark, regular, and white chocolate, creating designs and such. Once the chocolate dries, it's easily packaged in an attractive container or you can make your own gift basket.
A third great chocolate gift idea is to melt chocolate and pour it into molds. You can get molds for cheap almost any place (even a dollar store!) and you can get them in shapes for any occasion. It's simple, all you have to do is melt the chocolate, pour, wait for it to harden and then wrap them up in a presentable manner. When melting the chocolate, don't forget to not melt it directly in the pan, as this will cause the chocolate to burn, but use a double broiler pan, which is one smaller pan within a bigger pan. In the bigger pan you'll have water boiling, and in the smaller pan you'll have the chocolate.
Chocolate gifts are the way to go, anyone will be happy to get one of those from you!
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