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Friday, November 25, 2011

{peanut butter fudge and easy recycled packaging}


I love making (and eating) Christmas candy--toffee, fudge, caramels, chocolates, and more.  One of my favorite recipes is for peanut butter fudge that comes from my grandmother, who was a fabulous Southern cook. I'm excited to share with you this yummy recipe, along with a super cute (and cheap) way to package any holiday treat!


This peanut butter fudge is delicious, and  one of the easiest fudge recipes I've tried.  I like to cut it into squares, then wrap it in wax paper, twisting the ends.  It makes for a darling presentation, and it opens up more possibilities for wrapping.

Speaking of presentation, using recycled containers is an easy and inexpensive way to package yummy treats and gifts.  Not to mention adorable!  I save containers all year long, and I use them often. One of my absolute favorites is a cornmeal container...

The clear plastic lid is perfect--it fits snugly into the container, with a lip that makes it easy to slide a piece of cute scrapbook paper underneath it, and the outside is perfect for a quick coat of spray paint. Here's how I turned an everyday container into an adorable gift!

 ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • empty cornmeal container
  • spray paint
  • scrapbook paper
  • coordinating cardstock
  • distress ink
  • ribbon
DIRECTIONS:

1.  Remove the lid and set aside.  Spray paint the container with your choice of color.  It goes on so easily, I love it! Let dry completely.

2.  Trace the lid onto the back side of the scrapbook paper you want for the top lid.  Cut it out, then slide it under the plastic lip of the lid.  It doesn't need any adhesive, but you can use double stick tape to secure it if you feel better about it.  :)



3.  Create a tag using the scrapbook paper and cardstock.  I stamped mine with our monogram, using the PSA essentials stamp, then cut it out with a 2 inch circle punch (one of my most favorite crafting items ever).  I distressed all the edges, and tied it on with a 1.5 inch brown grosgrain ribbon.


Now you're ready to fill it with any number of delicious treats!

Now's the time to start saving those containers--cornmeal, oatmeal, Crystal Light, Laughing Cow cheese, and any others you love the shape of that have a great lid. Cornmeal is cheap--around $1, so I wouldn't blame you if you went and bought some just so you could make  these. :)


{Peanut Butter Fudge}

Cook in a large saucepan to 230 degrees:

2 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. evaporated milk

Remove from heat and add:

1 c. marshmallow fluff
1 c. crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat well, then pour into a buttered 9x9 pan.  Let cool, then cut into squares.

Enjoy!

7 Comments:

Blogger Sherron said...

Oh, I HAVE to make this! I love peanut butter!
I was a little bit hesitant to open this link because the little picture I saw looked like the treats were in a toilet paper roll and that really creeped me out for a second. The cornmeal containers are a perfect size! I'm kicking myself for tossing mine in the recycling bin last week.

November 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger gotjoy3 said...

For sure on my to make list. Thanks for sharing.

November 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a cute way to wrap the fudge - especially liked the way you wrapped each piece with a twist at the ends so they looked like candy. I just had Christmas Cookie Week on my blog and made 5 different kinds of cookies and 5 different containers to give them in. You can see it here: http:http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.com/2011/11/cookies-and-chocolate-and-other-news.html

November 25, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Rena said...

That looks really nice!

November 26, 2011 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Since I live in a different part of the world could you please tell me what marshmellow fluff is. We might call it something else. Oh and I love the recipe

November 26, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Kerryanne English said...

I love this... would make a great small gift for a neighbour, teacher etc. I like to have small gifts like this on stand by too, just in case I need a quick token gift. Thanks Keirste.

November 27, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Tamara,

It's also called marshmallow creme...here's a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Jet-Puffed-Marshmallow-Creme-7-Ounce-Jars/dp/B000E1BKJU

November 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

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