I think we all know that Valentine’s day is quickly approaching. I don’t normally get all giddy about Valentine’s day because my boyfriend’s birthday is the same week. I would much rather make his birthday special than worry about Valentine’s day.
Without a doubt, I am always still on a diet during that time. I like to make an exception and have a really good dinner that night, you know, like pizza. However, I usually ask him not to get me candy because I don’t want it to go to waste. Instead, I get chocolate covered strawberries; which he insists is still candy, and I just call it fruit.
I just love giving homemade gifts, and that includes baked goods! I think this Chocolate Orange Cranberry Fudge would be a perfect homemade gift for Valentine’s day. No one has to know how easy it is either.
This fudge is a pleasant surprise. It’s flavored with an orange zest and loaded with sweetened cranberries and sliced almonds. The original recipe called for white chocolate, but I decided to use dark chocolate instead. I also swapped out the pistachios for almonds.
I’ve found that orange, cranberry and almond is one of those classic combinations that can be used in a variety of desserts such as cakes and cookies.
This fudge is very simple. You just need to combine dark chocolate chips together with sweetened condensed milk. Best of all, there is no candy thermometer needed. Once the chocolate is melted you add your cranberries and almonds and pour it in an 8-inch pan. Make sure you line the pan with parchment paper or tin foil so you can easily remove it from the pan. You could even customize this fudge with your own favorite fillings.
Are you thinking about making this for a loved one? Package it up in a cute little box and tie it with some ribbon. Does fudge still count as candy? I’ll let you guys debate that one on your own!
For the original recipe, see this recipe for Creamy Cranberry Fudge.
Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day with quick and easy Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels.
While I’m all for the convenience of store-bought candy, it’s hard to avoid going the DIY route when it’s as easy and customizable as this Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels. I’ve swapped the spicy candy additions in the original recipe for a little something salty and a little something sweet. But before we get to the toppings, let’s talk chocolate.
If there ever was a time to splurge on high-quality chocolate, this is that moment. Aim for the best bittersweet chocolate you can find, as it’ll be the primary canvas upon which you scatter a colorful array of toppings, so you want that canvas to be as pleasing to the palate as possible.
And then it comes time to top the melted chocolate with all of your favorite snack items, from salted pretzels and sour gummy O’s to heart-shaped sprinkles and any other festive or flavorful odds and ends stashed in your pantry.
The final touch to your confectionery canvas? A swift drizzle of pink candy melts that lend a pop of color to your Valentine’s Day dessert dream. You can purchase candy melts in large grocery stores or craft stores, or find every color of the rainbow by purchasing them online.
Ready to woo your special someone with homemade Bittersweet Chocolate Bark? Check out the recipe then find inspiration with a few more of my favorite Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets.
- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste
If you’ve made any New Year’s resolutions to trim down and eat healthier, I’ve got you covered, because I’m jumping ahead to some holiday gift giving for Valentine’s Day with candy cluster recipe.
I know, it’s early and I may be slightly a head of schedule, but that’s one of things I’m determined to improve upon this year: procrastination, so let’s do this Valentine’s Day gift-giving treat.
This recipe is highly adaptable, so mix and match any dried fruits and nuts to your preference. To dress things up, get creative and finish with different chocolates, sprinkles or disco dust. And the best thing about this, aside from being a gift just about anyone would love to receive—it’s a no-bake, no-fuss and four-ingredient recipe—yay! And an even bigger yay to this being a ten-minute recipe.
Click here for the recipe to get started.
To make the recipe as seen here:
(1) Replace the almond ratio with pistachios (2) Replace the dried cherries with dried strawberries (sourced from here) (3) Add a 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows (4) Replace the milk chocolate with white chocolate (5) Optional: drizzle top with milk chocolate.
To form as a bark rather than clusters:
(1) Pour mixture on to wax paper lined bake sheet, then using an offset spatula spread to an even finish. Refrigerate to set then cut to desired size.