3 Easy Sweet Treat Recipes My Kids Love

Nothing scores you Big Daddy Points like whipping out some awesome homemade treats for the kids and family. I grew up eating these 3 recipes. There's 1 core ingredient for all of them - Sweetened Condensed Milk (or Nectar of the Gods as I call it ). These recipes are super easy to make in a short amount of time with minimal ingredients and stress:



FUDGE : Originally an American invention. A baker “fudged” a batch of caramels, hence the name “fudge”. In 1886, #fudge was sold at a local Baltimore grocery store for 40 cents a pound

COCONUT ICE : Originally from Britain, it was typically prepared at home.

CHOCOLATE COCONUT BALLS : Its unclear if this is an Indian or Swedish invention. Let me know in the comments?


FUDGE




Ingredients:


1 (385 g / 14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

400g / 500 ml / 14 oz sugar

75ml / ⅓ cup water

60g / 2 oz butter

5ml / 1 tsp vanilla essence



Directions:


  1. Grease a shallow dish and put aside

  2. Put sugar and water into a large heavy saucepan.

  3. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.

  4. Add the butter and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter has melted.

  5. Add the condensed milk and stir in until it comes to the boil.

  6. Boil at a low heat, stirring all the time, making sure that none of the mixture sticks to the pot

  7. When it begins to thicken test it by placing a small amount in a cold glass of water. If it hardens then move onto next step.

  8. Remove pot from the stove, add the vanilla and continue to mix until it thickens. This will take a few minutes and its quite fun to do.

  9. When it is still smooth pour into a greased pan and leave to cool.

  10. Cut into squares and serve when cold


Tip:

The key to success with this recipe is constantly mixing over a moderate heat and not allowing it to stick to the pot where it could burn. You will find the color of your fudge varies each time you make it. If it feels sticky like Toffee you didn't cook it at a high enough temperature. It should have a grainy texture when done right.



COCONUT ICE




Ingredients:


1 (385 g / 14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

250g / 2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar), sifted, plus extra for dusting

200g / 1 cup desiccated coconut

(optional) a Few drops pink edible food colouring



Directions:

  1. Mix together the condensed milk and icing sugar in a large bowl.

  2. Mix it until it forms a large ball. Split the ball in 2 parts.

  3. Mix a few drops of food colouring into the one half.

  4. Dust your worktop with icing sugar, then shape each half into a smooth rectangle and place one on top of the other.

  5. Flatten with a rolling pin, keeping the thickness at about 3cm / 1 inch

  6. You can let it set for about 3 hrs or longer but I I like to put mine in the refrigerator to serve cold and slightly harder after cutting it into squares.

Tip:

You don't need to add any colors if you prefer not to - but if you want to get creative and let the kids have some fun you can change up the traditional coconut ice colors by using different food coloring colors.



CHOCOLATE COCONUT BALLS




Ingredients:


1 (385 g / 14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 packet (250g / ½ pound) biscuits/ Graham crackers

1/3 cup (40g) cocoa powder

1/2 cup (45g) desiccated coconut (plus a little extra for rolling the balls in)



Directions:


  1. Crush the cookies and place into a mixing bowl. I use a food processor which tends to make the cookie pieces really fine.

  2. Add cocoa and coconut

  3. Pour the condensed milk into the mix slowly mixing constantly.

  4. Throw a handful of coconut onto your worktop

  5. After the mixture is nicely combined take small amounts of mixture and roll into a ball, then roll through the coconut on the worktop.

  6. Place the chocolate coconut balls in a container and place in the refrigerator to harden


Tip:

Use a spoon to form your round balls. You can dip your spoon into a jar of water so it doesn't get all caked up. My friends like to put treats & surprises inside their coconut balls for their kids. You could add glazed cherries, an M&M, a large nut or anything you can think of. Another alternative is to make use of dates in this mixture which is a great addition.



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