One of my favorite holiday traditions is to make homemade goodies and give them in repurposed decorated containers. I use my craft and scrapbook supplies to alter nut tins, gatorade containers, jars, you name it. Here's a nut tin I recently altered with paper, Mod Podge, and ribbon.
I used the original wrapper from the tin as a template for measuring and cutting my papers. I made a crumpled scallop flower with my scallop punches and adhered it to the lid. Cute easy way to add an extra handmade touch.
Here's one of my favorite (and my mother-in-law's) things to fill the tins with:
3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz can condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
In heavy saucepan, melt chips with condensed milk. (Or microwave at high power 3 minute stirring after 1 1/2 minutes.) Stir in vanilla.
Chill 2 hours or until firm. Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in desired coating. Chill another hour or until firm. Store at room temperature.
Coatings: chopped toasted nuts; flaked coconut, sugar, cocoa, powdered sugar, colored sprinkles
Substitute the following for the vanilla:
3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur and 1/2 tsp almond extract, or
3 tablespoons orange flavoured liqueur, or
1/4 cup dark rum, or
3 tablespoons bourbon
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