As a child I loved Christmas because of all the tins of sweet goodies my family would receive. Someone was always bringing us a tin of chocolates and fudge. Living with a mom who didn’t (usually) have sweets in the house, I was head over heels to have so many treats. I spent a lot of time gobbling them up before she could share them with the rest of our large extended family. I continued the tradition of making and giving sweets to friends and family members after I became an adult. The only downside to making sweets was Bryan was allergic to chocolate so he couldn’t eat many of the candies I made. I had to find something he could enjoy too. I found the recipe for Vanilla Fudge with almonds on the McCormick website and adapted it to give it my own special twist, adding toffee. What doesn’t taste better with toffee? Plus, it is gluten free so it can be enjoyed by everyone, even the celiacs.
The beauty of this recipe is that it can be whipped up in minutes so it’s perfect for those days when the kids say, “Um, Mom, I forgot to tell you but I need a treat for (fill in the blank).” It’s adaptable too. Don’t like almonds? Substitute a different nut or leave them out. You can add candies or make the fudge without the add-ins. Hint: To make the flavor really pop in this recipe, be sure to toast the almonds.
- 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips or white baking chocolate
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 (16 ounce) package slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon McCormick vanilla
- 3 cups (24 ounces) powdered sugar
- 1½ cups (12 ounces) toffee chips
- Spread the slivered almonds onto a baking sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for five minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate for 1 minute. Stir, and microwave again for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Place chocolate and cream cheese in large mixing bowl and mix until blended. Add vanilla, mix. Add powdered sugar slowly ( 1 cup at a time) and blend until mixed. Add vanilla and 1 cup (8 ounces) of the toffee chips. Stir until combined. Spread in an 8″ by 11″ pan and top with 4 ounces of toffee chips. Place the fudge in the freezer until firm (1 to 2 hours) and then cut into one inch pieces.
What do you make to give as holiday treats?