Folks, let’s talk about an experience we’ve all run embarrassingly run into. It’s Christmas Eve. You walk through the door of your family’s gathering, smelling the good smells, hearing sleigh bells jingling, feeling the holiday spirit to the max. You greet all of your loved ones, and then…you see so and so’s boyfriend, Johnny, sitting in a chair in the next room. Quotes like, “Wait, I didn’t know he was coming!”, or “I thought they broke up!”, start to run through your head. Did you get this on-and-off lover a Christmas present? No. Are you going to look like a butt for forgetting him? Probably.
Situations like this call for some preventative measures. By now, we all know to buy one or two extra giftcards to take with us to these occasions. In the worst case scenario, you’ve forgotten someone and you need to use them. Best case scenario: you haven’t forgotten any one, and you can use that giftcard to treat yo self! That was the best case scenario, until today.
Enter a cute pack of yummy fudge: a homemade, easy-to-make gift, that you can begrudgingly give away…or keep all for yourself.
When it comes to fudge, there are as many flavor choices out there as there are Ben and Jerry’s “core” varieties. Literally. Millions. So, for this guy, I tried to look around the classic chocolate, and go for something a bit out of the box: Sweet Potato Apple Fudge. Yes, that’s right, sweet potatoes and apples…fudge. With raisins. Basically, Fall in fudge form. And, guess what it’s made with. Baby food. Bare with me folks.
First, we’ll start simple. You melt some white chocolate and condensed milk together in a sauce pan.
Once it’s smooth, you’ll mix in some cinnamon and nutmeg, for that classic fall taste.
Then, to that, you’ll add some sweet potato baby food. Think about it people! It’s pureed sweet potatoes! Healthy enough to feed an infant! If you want to puree your own potatoes, be my guest. But, these are the holidays…go for convenience.
Once all of your ingredients are together, spread the mixture into a 9×9 pan, lined with aluminum foil. Sprinkle on some dried apple pieces. Now, this last part is optional, but highly recommended. I also like to sprinkle some raisins on to the top layer. I feel like they go so well with apple! And, since the sweet potato flavor is subtle, an additional flavor can’t hurt! You can even go for a combination of golden raisins and regular raisins, if you’re feeling fancy!
Lastly, set it to chill in the refrigerator overnight. Then, you’ll be able to cut it up as you see fit!
There you go, the ultimate Christmas embarrassment: avoided. Next week, the holiday preparation continues.
Until then, stay tuned and stay hungry!
- 4 cups white chocolate
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2.5 tablespoons sweet potato baby food
- .5 tsp cinnamon
- .25 tsp nutmeg
- .5 cup dried apple pieces, chopped
- optional: .5 cup raisins
- In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir often.
- Mix in sweet potato baby food, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Prepare a 9x9 baking pan with a layer of aluminum foil. Pour the fudge onto this and spread evenly.
- Drop apple pieces over the fudge evenly.
- Optional: Sprinkle on raisins.
- Set in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
- Once set, remove to cut into squares.