The homemade variety always trumps processed food found on store shelves for me. There’s always a way to create the same flavors at home without so many harmful ingredients. I’ve made dozens of chocolate-hazelnut spreads, but none of them really wowed me – until I met this recipe. I adapted it to use either dairy-free or dairy ingredients – depending on your dietary needs. It’s sweetened with a bit of maple syrup and I chose Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they’re dairy, soy and gluten-free. The spread makes for a nice Christmas gift for neighbors, friends and family.
I like to pour spreads into cute little jars and attach a festive label. Last year I made almond toffee and slice-and-bake cookies for friends. They were a big hit! This year’s collection of homemade treats will surely include this chocolately spread. Come back in a few days when I’ll share a grain-free cookie featuring this versatile treat.
Here are some other homemade sweets for your friends and family:
Breakfast Cookies from Against All Grain
Marshmallow Pops from White on Rice Couple
(you can use this homemade marshmallow recipe if you’d like to make the homemade variety)
Date-Sweetened Gingerbread Men from Nourished Kitchen
Coconut Almond Fudge
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Coconut Macaroons from Elana’s Pantry
Here are a few of my favorite places for jars, bottles and festive wrapping:
Le Parfait Terrine Canning Jars from Sur La Table
Martha Stewart Cottage Christmas Packaging
Christmas Twine from Shop Sweet Lulu
Reindeer Gifttags from Shop Terrain
Velvet Ribbon from The Ribbon Jar
Copper Cookie Cutters from The Copper Cookie Cutter Store
(I like to buy small cookie cutters and tie them to the outside of the jar or package. This store has the largest variety of cookie cutters I’ve ever seen!)
Bormioli Rocco Glass Bottles from Crate and Barrel
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