13 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Chocoholic

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Checkout these gift ideas for the chocolate lovers on your holiday list. At the time of posting, all were available with Amazon Prime.

Godiva Chocolate Patisierre Dessert Truffles

Kiss Pendant Necklace

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Chocolate & Candy Spatula with built in Thermometer 

Brix Chocolate Bites for Wine Pairing

Barnett’s Gourmet Biscotti

Chocolate Lover Retro Apron

Women’s Funny T-Shirt

 

Hallmark Chocolate Ornament

Chocolate Espresso Beans

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Grand Ferrero Rocher

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Gourmet Marshmallows

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Dark Chocolate Covered Pistachios 2lb

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Chocolate Pizza

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Which one is your favorite?

NOW is the Time to Make Homemade Vanilla for Your Holiday Baking

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In just a couple short months, it will be holiday baking time. This year, upgrade the flavor. Instead of using generic store bought vanilla flavoring, make your own extract.

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Making homemade vanilla extract is ridicuously simple!  The recipe below is the basic recipe.  Here, we use vodka as the base, but you can use other liquors, such as rum or brandy. 

For the beans, we’ve chosen the Madagascar variety, for that classic rich vanilla flavor. ¬†Feel free to vary it up, for your own signature blend.

 

 

Ingredients:

A 750ml Bottle of Vodka (any brand, 80 proof)

10 Madagascar Vanilla Beans ( I got mine here on Amazon).

A glass jar for storage.

 

1.  Slice the vanilla beans horizontally, exposing the seeds. Place the beans into the bottle.

 

2. Fill the bottle with Vodka, and give it a shake.

That’s it! It’s that simple.

 

 

Shake up the bottle a few times a week. ¬†Your Vanilla Extract will be useable in 1-2 months, just in time for holiday baking! It’s best to make a batch as soon as possible. The longer it ages, the more intense the flavor.¬†

 

 

Top off the bottle with alcohol as needed to keep an ample supply on hand. 

 

Happy Baking!

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