This recipe is similar to one of my favorite dark fudge recipes. I'll frequently make my white fudge to give as gifts for Christmas and Valentine's Day. It's an interesting contrast to all of the darker candies—and the cream cheese gives it such a nice rich and creamy texture!
My husband and I live on the farm where he was born and raised. We have five children, ranging in age from 17 to 7. I enjoy playing the organ, singing, reading, walking and may crafts.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, so it's only natural I have a lot of recipes that use dairy ingredients. Our farm also had a lot of hickory trees, so we always made this fudge with hickory nuts. I make this candy nearly every Christmas. You'll find it's hard to eat just one piece.
During the holiday season a few years back, my husband brought this wonderful candy home from work. The co-worker who'd shared it graciously included the recipe...and I've been making it ever since!
Besides being perfect for family munching, this creamy, "Christmasy" candy is dandy for holiday craft shows and gift giving.
This delicious "tree" created from chocolates—is rooted in Elisa Schmidt's generosity. "I wanted to give family and friends something they'd remember," she detailed. "So I whipped up piles of these sweets for everyone." Adding to the fun, the CT kitchen staff turned Elisa's treats into a tree. They took their cue from the way she described preparing those piles of candies in her kitchen. You'll find it easy to do the same for Valentine's ...a birthday...or to brighten a cloudy winter day.
YOUR HARVEST will be happy indeed when you reap this sweet centerpiece. To create the topper, CT home economists first turned to this age-old idea traditionally used during Christmas—marzipan candy. Then they cultivated it with autumn in mind and turned out this country-fresh fall decoration. As you may know, marzipan, an edible modeling clay, is a mixture of sugars and sweet almond paste (available in the baking section of grocery stores) that can be tinted and shaped into all sorts of decorations... just like those featured here. Since it's so sweet, this table topper can be passed around for dessert when your meal is complete. Or you might choose to use the design solely as a centerpiece you bring out autumn after autumn. Simply place it in an airtight container between parties—it'll harden and stay colorful for years to come!
At the root of this treat is plenty of penny-wise practicality. "I first started making the 'logs' after I saw some chocolate-dipped pretzels at a shop," explains Mary Biebl of St. Paul, Minnesota. "They sure were appealing—but the price was outrageous. So I came up with my own version. "Nowadays, I often tie bundles of plastic-wrapped 'logs' with ribbons to give out a Christmas, or I'll set a stack out on a pretty plate for a party."—Mary Biebl, St. Paul, Minnesota