Strawberry Chocolate Fudge

Strawberry chocolate fudge is creamy and smooth, with a touch of fruity flavor. Serve it at your next holiday party, or send your guests home with a goody bag of fudge!

Strawberry chocolate fudge // Savvy Eats

In my mind, Christmas and the first part of December are for cookies. I love the holiday cookies, don’t get me wrong. We usually bake six to eight varieties in a wide variety of flavors, from caramel-tinged Russian tea cake cookies to fruity raspberry almond spritz cookiesto decadent chocolate coconut cookies, and hand them out to family, friends and coworkers. But after the 25th of December, I usually need a bit of a cookie break.

However, I also host an annual cocktails and board games New Years’ Eve party, and you can’t have a holiday party without treats! Cookies are out, and since we’re playing board games, dessert that requires a fork and a plate aren’t usually the best choice either. We need to keep our hands free for moving pieces and collecting cards! Enter homemade candy.

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This holiday season, I’ve been playing around with different strawberry chocolate fudge recipes. I’ve tried the ones that call for mini marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, or any other ingredients meant to make the process easier. But the winner by far was the traditional fudge recipe – the one requiring a candy thermometer, some patience and a whole lot of stirring with a wooden spoon.

The resulting fudge is nice and creamy, with no grittiness in sight. It is decadent and rich, with a firm and smooth texture when you bite into it. And the addition of strawberry jam gives it a fruity flavor with a little more depth than you’d find in a plain chocolate fudge. The traditional way of making fudge is definitely worth the extra work and time.

Make this strawberry chocolate fudge a few days before your last holiday party (it will save you some prep time on party day if the dessert is already done) and wow your guests as you ring in the new year with a fruity chocolate treat.

This post was originally published on Food Fanatic.

Cherry Marshmallows

Homemade cherry marshmallows are a welcome addition to any mug of hot cocoa or chocolate this holiday season. They’re a real treat for the whole family.

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When I wrote about my new favorite Russian tea cake cookies recipe, I mentioned that I am always striving for a balance of flavors when I put together my holiday cookie plates. But I forgot to mention my new secret weapon for gifting said cookie tins: they also include homemade marshmallows.

Last year, in my quest to perfect my creamsicle marshmallows recipe, I made way more marshmallows than Dan and I could ever hope to eat. We’re talking “drink hot cocoa two times a day and some of the marshmallows will still go bad before you can get to them” levels here. So I added a few to each tin of cookies that I handed out to family and friends.

They were an immediate hit. Everyone reported back that they loved having fluffy, pillow-y marshmallows to add to their hot chocolate while they were trimming their trees or watching holiday movies or doing their own holiday baking. So I plan to make “add homemade marshmallows to the cookie plates” an annual tradition – because who doesn’t love homemade marshmallows?

Homemade Cherry Marshmallows // Savvy EatsFor this homemade cherry marshmallow recipe, I used the juice from my maraschino cherries (though store-bought will work just as well!), whipping it in at the last minute or so. Because the cherries themselves don’t contain any dyes, the marshmallows turned an unappealing brown-ish color, so I also added a few drops of gel-based food coloring to make them a pretty pink. This part is totally optional, though it does make everything look a little more appetizing.

We’ve enjoyed these with both milk and dark hot cocoa. If you really want to get fancy, they are also amazing with an almond-spiked hot chocolate (just add a few drops of almond extract or a shot of amaretto).

Want to spike your homemade marshmallows? These chambord marshmallows would be great for the holidays as well!