Add a personal touch with DIY food gifts this Easter
If you feel like you give the same presents every year, it can be a little difficult to think up new gift ideas which really show how much you care. DIY food gifts are a great way of adding a personal touch to the holidays and can be enjoyed by everyone!
From cookies exchanges to creative food hampers, attractive packaging adds to the fun and gives the gift even more of a festive touch. Make shortbread bites or homemade cookies and put them in plain boxes then get creative with ribbon, or even make your own wrapping paper with stamps and lots of colorful inks!
Cookie Compotes – Small, bite sized cookies nicely presented in a compote or festive mug is a great way of getting creative with your gifts this year – wrap them in clear plastic and add ribbons and sparkles for extra festivity!
Ginger Palmiers – Made with spices of the season, the ginger syrup and sugar are deliciously sweet and all your palmier creations can be stored in a jar of any size. Decorate with homemade labels and a fabric top and other decorations of your choice.
Drink Mixers – You don’t just need to give food gifts on Christmas – you can give great drink mixers for all those cocktail lovers out there for Easter as well. Create syrups, sodas and other mixers to really spice up the liquor cabinet. Pour into nice bottles and create personalized labels for a special touch.
Lebkuchen – A very festive treat, these German cookies are a great gift to give on Easter. They are easy to make and can be made in large batches to give to all your friends and family. Enjoy experimenting with nutty flavors and different spices and wrap them creatively in personalized boxes or parcels.
Candy Marshmallows – A sweet taste of festive candy canes can be made into small marshmallow squares to pass around your friends. They will love the beautiful pink and red swirly patterns in the marshmallows and can top their numerous cup of hot chocolate with these pieces over the festive season too!
Homemade Fudge as Food Gifts
As well as all of these great food gifts, there is one that is very popular among practically everyone any time of the year, and that’s homemade fudge. Deliciously rich and indulgent, this is sure to be a food giving success!
You will need:
- Vegetable oil/cooking spray
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 ½ cups mini marshmallows
- 3 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup crushed peppermint candy
- Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with two sheets of waxed or parchment paper in a crisscross manner (one lengthwise, one crosswise) so ends overhang sides of pan; coat evenly with cooking spray.
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, cook sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows, stirring, until butter and marshmallows are almost melted (5 to 6 minutes).
- Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally (5 minutes). Remove from heat. Add chips and vanilla; stir until chips are melted. Pour mixture into lined pan.
- Let fudge cool in the pan at room temperature (3 hours). Use edges of paper to lift out fudge; place on cutting board, and remove paper. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Sprinkle evenly with crushed candy.
The great thing about this lovely festive fudge is that you don’t need to make loads. Its rich flavors and chewy, moist texture are so great o their own that only a few well decorated pieces are needed to make this a truly exclusive and personal gift.
Find more festive recipes for Easter food gifts on recipebridge.
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