Christmas time is filled with all sorts of gatherings, parties and events. Of all of the events I take part in one of my favorites is baking exchanges, and this year I happily participated in not one, not two but THREE baking exchanges! If you have not participated in a baking exchange before you should give it a try, they are easy to organize and the results… well let’s just say they are delicious!
To host your own baking exchange gather a group of willing bakers, decide how many treats each person needs to bring, and everyone bakes up a storm and then gets together and swaps goodies. You only have to do the work of making 1 recipe but end up taking home a great variety of desserts. I have participated in baking exchanges where we had to bake anywhere from 3 per person to a dozen, it all depends on how much you want each person to go home with. The hardest part of a baking exchange is deciding what to make, and finding a recipe that you can scale up.
Kraft Canada offers a great selection of easy baking exchange recipes. This year for my baking exchanges I focused on fudge – Mint Chocolate Fudge, Layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge and Confetti Vanilla Fudge! All of these recipes were simple to make and did not take a lot of time to create. You don’t need the oven so it is easy for the kids to be involved in the baking process too.
I took the Two Layer Cookie Crunch Fudge that I made last year and put a minty twist on it to create scrumptious Mint Chocolate Fudge that was a hit with everyone.
- 1 pkg (170g) Baker’s Premium 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate
- 1 can (300mL) Sweetened condensed milk, divided
- 3 Chips Ahoy! Cookies, chopped
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 pkg (170g) Baker’s White Chocolate
- 1 tsp Mint Extract
- Green Food Colouring
- 2-3 Peppermint Candy Canes, crushed
- Line a 8” square pan with foil, to make it easy to remove the fudge once it is done
- Microwave dark chocolate and ⅔ cup of condensed milk on medium power, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
- Add in chopped cookies and vanilla. Mix well and spread onto the bottom of the pan
- In a separate bowl microwave white chocolate and the remaining condensed milk on medium power, stirring every 20 seconds until melted.
- To the white chocolate mixture add in 5 drops of green food colouring and mint extract. Mix well and spread over the bottom layer in the pan.
- Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.
If you are looking for easy baking exchange recipes or edible gifts you can find some inspiration on the Kraft Canada website or Pinterest page. Make sure you seize the opportunity to participate in a baking exchange when the chance comes around. It is a fun and delicious way to get together with friends and try out some tasty new treats!
Disclosure: I am part of the Kraft’s Whats Cooking ambassador program. All opinions are strictly my own.