Jars Filled With Love

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

If someone asked me a year ago to make them candy as their Christmas present, I'd have said, "Sorry, but I don't think so."  Although I could have probably made something good, I would not have had the confidence to know the recipient of the gift would enjoy it.  But, over the last year, I have made lots of different food and baked a lot of different desserts.  I have loved feeding friends and family with my gluten-free vegan goodies and loved how much they loved them.  So this year, I decided I was ready.  Ready to make candy and ready to give it as Christmas presents.  And ready to spend my two days off from work doing so.

Mini Almond Joys
 

The first treats I created were Mini Almond Joys.  They were made specifically for my dear friend, Karen, who is currently on a bastardized version of the Paleo diet.  I thought Mini Almond Joys were about as close as I could get to making her a Paleo-friendly sweet(whatever that means). 

The Mini Almond Joys were also made for my grandfather, who has forever been a fan of coconut, almonds, and chocolate.  His doctor recently told him he was allowed to eat small amounts of dark chocolate with almonds, which he has been getting from a well-known local candy store.  I decided homemade(and vegan) would be better.

 
Almond Joy Bark
 

I used the leftover dipping chocolate from the Mini Almond Joys(which contained shredded coconut that I had fallen off of the candy), added some almonds, and made Almond Joy Bark for my brother.

Chocolate Truffles


I made Chocolate Truffles for my Mother-in-law, who is a chocoholic.  She always expresses guilt to me after she indulges in chocolate and desserts. In fact, the only time she doesn't seem to feel guilty is when she eats desserts that I make.  If Caitlin made it, it's safe. 

You're damn right it's safe ;)


Peppermint Fudge

 
I made Peppermint Fudge, also for my Mother-in-law, and Dayv.  This fudge is officially Dayv's most favorite dessert ever.  It's also his most favorite meal ever, as this is what he ate for lunch on Christmas when I was busy making dinner(he told me about his meal choice several hours later).


I had cut the fudge into bite-sized pieces and began wrapping two at a time in parchment before placing them in the mason jar.  However, not long into this project, I began to notice that the tape was not sticking to the parchment, which then began to unravel.  So, I tied each little fudge bundle with red ribbon.  This is when I realized that I enjoy torturing myself.  But they ended up looking quite adorable, if I do say so myself. 


Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Truffles


Lastly, I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Truffles for my Mother-in-law, my Aunt Kathy, and my mom.  It's hard not to please when you give a bite-sized treat made of one of the greatest food combos of all time.

(Aunt Kathy, if you're wondering why you got snubbed of the fudge, it's because I ran out of ribbon to tie the bundles.  So sorry.  I owe you.)

I hope everyone had a productive and enjoyable holiday!

29 comments:

  1. Your candy jar gifts look fantastic, Caitlin! Listing the ingredients of each treat is a nice touch. My friends have a variety of allergies, so I not only try to keep track of them before feeding them, but also let them know of any potential allergens I may have overlooked.

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  2. thank you so much, tiffany! i liked the idea of listing the ingredients, as well, mostly due to the fact that people always ask me, "what are these made of??" ;)

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  3. Yes, yes, yes and yes! I will take them all. You do have my address, right??? hehe. Feeling jealous that I am not in your family currently...

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  4. love those jars and all the wrapping and the labels! how super sweet and fun!. i need me a gift day with only candy or chocolate allowed!

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  5. aw cara, i would LOVE to make you a candy jar! i just don't know how well they would travel :/ i wish you were currently in my family..and lived within driving distance..

    thank you, richa! i hope you have a candy & chocolately gift day soon ;) !

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  6. awesome.............
    my mouth watered after seeing this.
    those gift jars really look fantastic

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  7. what a sweet complement, chocolate truffles! thank you so much ;)

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  8. LOVE how you used recycled jars- your parchment ribbon tied fudge is ADORABLE! ...I am known to torture myself at times too :-) the end result is always worth it!

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  9. thank you, smbp! i go through SO MANY jars of tomato sauce and always save the mason jars, so i was so happy to have the jars on hand.

    it's good to know i'm not alone in torturing myself in order to produce an adorable outcome ;)

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  10. All of these recipes look so delicious! I love the parchment wrapped fudge with the little red ribbons... a very cute touch. Did your candy canes get kinda melty/sticky after being on the fudge for awhile? I made the same kind, and I noticed the next day that the candy canes were super sticky- I was just wondering if that was normal or not. It didn't change the flavor any, so it wasn't a big deal, I just had to be careful when packaging them.

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  11. thank you, mariah! the candy canes didn't get very melty or sticky(that i noticed), but i kept the fudge in the fridge. that may have something to do with it, maybe?

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  12. Wow, you went all out! You saved me some of those Almond Joys and PB-choc truffles, right? ;)

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  13. haha, yes amber! you saved me some white chocolate macadamia nut butter, right? ;D

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  14. Yum! Everything looks delicious, but I bet I'd love the peppermint fudge best too. I'm sure everyone appreciated them!

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  15. thanks, veggie burgher! i think everyone had a different favorite, but the fudge was definitely dayv's winner ;)

    molly- thank you!

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  16. Oh man, I'm on a sugar high just looking at these photos. I used to love almond joys. These look even better!

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  17. thank you, marly! i'm so honored that you stopped by ;)

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  18. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...WOO!

    I'm regretting not making many holiday treats this year. And I didn't even make any chocolate, for once! Your treats look insanely good. I'm rather jealous :)

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  19. aww, that stinks, isobelle! but you were not feeling well, so it's understandable ;) maybe you can have some chocolate soon!

    and thank you for your sweet complements. i wish i could make you some!

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  20. Meant to comment on this the other day. My bad. Anyway...im totally jealpus of your family and friends! Love, love, love everything you made. Great ideas and such creative packaging!

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  21. aww, thanks, veggiev! i'm glad you left a comment!

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  22. What a lovely post! Beautiful presentation and photos. I am now obsessed with those chocolate truffles, they look especially amazing!

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  23. thank you, erin!!! you giving me photo complements is incredibly flattering ;)

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  24. omg i am totally drooling over all of these. sure wish i was in your family!! lovely!

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  25. aww tamara, you are so sweet! thank you <3

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  26. You are so thoughtful, what adorable gifts!
    I wish I had time to make gifts this year but instead I'll just have to suffer by drooling over yours :)

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  27. thanks, maggie ;) that's so sweet of you to say. i always appreciate thoughtful gifts over expensive ones, so i try to do the same for others ;)

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  28. everything looks amazing!! where can I find the recipes for both truffles (choc and pb rice krispy)?

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