Dec 092013
 
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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of McCormick.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I just love this time of year.  I could really do without the cold weather, and the snow, but I love making holiday treats for all my friends and family.

One of my favorite things to make around the holidays is fudge.  Fudge is so versatile.  There are so many different flavors you can make, and it’s so easy to whip up a batch, making it PERFECT for gift-giving!

When McCormick asked me to make and share one of their recipes with you, I was immediately drawn to this Vanilla Almond Fudge.  I have always loved the combination of vanilla and almond, and to incorporate that into a fudge…yes, please!

Now, I must warn you – this fudge is incredibly rich.  You might want to pair it with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee to cut the sweetness a bit.  You’ll definitely want to eat this fudge slowly and savor every delicious bite.

Vanilla Almond Fudge

With only 5 ingredients, this fudge is super easy to make.  So, if you’re in the mood for something sweet, but don’t have a lot of time, or just don’t want to make a big mess in the kitchen, give this fudge a try!

McCormick has a lot of different extract flavors, and this recipe would be really easy to change up by using a new flavor and/or nut.  I’m thinking about making this fudge with their maple extract and pecans, or perhaps banana extract with walnuts.  They also have a coffee extract that would be just delicious paired with hazelnuts.  Now my mouth is watering.

Vanilla Almond Fudge

Ingredients:

12 oz. white baking chocolate
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over sides of pan. Spray with no stick cooking spray.
  2. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar on low speed until well blended. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Add melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Stir in chopped almonds.
  3. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Garnish with whole almonds, if desired.  * I highly recommend adding the additional almond on the top.  It adds a nice bit of crunch to the fudge!
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. Use foil to lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into 25 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Store in refrigerator.

This recipe says to refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but I found it to still be a bit soft, and would recommend refrigerating it for at least 2 hours prior to cutting it.

Line a holiday tin with some wax paper, fill it up with Vanilla Almond Fudge, and you’ve got yourself a great gift idea!

Will you make Vanilla Almond Fudge for your friends & family this holiday season?

 

 

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