Super Easy Coconut & Walnut Fudge

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Hey! I have this totally festive and celebratory fudge for you all! It’s so damn simple, I mean, literally 2 ingredients, plus mix-ins for flava.

Why is this fudge festive AND celebratory? Well, 2 reasons…

1. It’s the holidays, y’all! I’m sure you already knew that…that’s where the festive comes in. 2. Sean loves holiday fudge and we have a major reason to celebrate him, as he just landed a new job is a far-off and distant city–Portland, Oregon!

So, we are totes moving in a few weeks. We found out the officially-official news just last week and are in a whirlwind of packing and purging and holiday planning. We are super excited since this position (with his current company) is a total step up and will bring us SO MUCH CLOSER to our beloved family and friends…like, a day-trip in the car away, instead of a 3-day driving marathon. Also, I hear Portland is a pretty cool place, so it will be totally exciting to explore a new city.

And even though things may be a little more than hectic around here, I’ve still gotta get my holiday-treat on, so easy is the name of the game and this fudge is exactly that. No stirring of boiling sugar and chocolate and hoping/praying for a smooth, grain-less result. We’re just melting with a side of stirring, then we’re done. Not a grainy bite of candy in site, just creamy-dreamy chocolate and coconut + walnut goodness. BOOM, easiest holiday treat ever!

PS, I’ve never been to Portland and won’t make it  there before our move in January, so any recommendations or affirmations would be greatly appreciated. I AM SO EXCITED!!

Super Easy Coconut & Walnut Fudge

Adapted from Heather Baird for Betty Crocker

This recipe can be made in the microwave or on the stove top. For microwave instructions, click the link above. 

1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk

1 bag (12oz.) chocolate chips, I like semisweet

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1 cup toasted coconut

Prepare an 8x8inch baking pan by spraying with cooking spray and lining with parchment, leaving a few inches of overhang on two sides for easy removal. Secure the parchment with binder clips.

Fashion a double boiler out of a heat proof bowl fitted over a saucepan with a few inches of simmering water, taking care that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the condensed milk and chocolate chips and stir until the chips are melted, the mixture is well combined, and smooth. Remove the bowl from the top of the sauce pan and stir in the vanilla, followed by the walnuts and coconut, until well combined. Scrape the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Allow the fudge to cool to room temperature before covering with plastic and placing in the refrigerator to set for several hours. Once set, cut the fudge into cubes and serve (or gift)!

 

 

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut + Rum Popsicles

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This week is probably one of the best weeks of the year as it’s #POPSICLE week!! What? Is that a thing?

Yes, it’s totes a thing. My boyfren, Billy aka Wit & Vinegar, said so and we best listen.

There are 26 of us frozen-treat-lovin’ bloggers posting our popsicle creations this week. Definitely click this link RIGHT HERE to see the full list of bloggers and pop recipes on Billy’s blog.

I made you some creamy coconut popsicles spiked with a little spiced rum and dipped in a crispy chocolate shell. The best thing about ice pops are that they are equally as easy as they are satisfying. The coconut is creamy with little toasty bits throughout and the rum brings that boozey warmth. The hardest part is dipping these in the chocolate shell…and really it’s not tough at all, just another step of deliciousness. The shell is easily made by mixing together melted chocolate and coconut oil – super simple, yet super magical. The coconut oil makes the magic happen…as soon as the chocolate hits the frozen coconut pops it hardens into crisp, chocolaty, magic. I sprinkled a little flurry of extra coconut on top for good measure…plus it’s so good lookin’!

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut & Rum Popsicles

Makes about 10 pops using THIS mold.

These pops aren’t super boozey—and as tempted as you may be to add more rum, don’t. More booze sounds like a grand idea, but it will inhibit the pops from reaching frozen glory…meaning, the pops will never freeze up right. Do like Tracy does and dip these pops in some extra rum (or even bourbon!) to fulfill your cocktail-turned-dessert desires.

3 1/2 cups coconut milk

1/2 cup toasted, unsweetened coconut plus more for garnish

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar (or granulated)

1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) spiced rum

1 cup chocolate chips

3 tablespoons coconut oil

In a mixing bowl combine the coconut milk, toasted coconut, sugar, and rum. Whisk to combine and dissolve the sugar. Divide between ice pop molds and freeze 1 hour before inserting sticks. Continue to freeze until frozen solid – at least 4 hours.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, either in a double boiler or in 30 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each burst until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate into a glass wide enough to fit a popsicle. Unmold the pops in batches, about 2 at a time, leaving the rest in the freezer, and dip pops into the chocolate. Sprinkle with more coconut immediately, the chocolate will firm up quickly! Enjoy!

 

Coconut-Lime Rice Salad

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A few weekends ago I was coffee-dating and Anthro-browsing with my real-life/blog-life pal, Megan. We wandered into an olive oil/vinegar shop because Megan mentioned that they had a coconut white balsamic…and, I HAD TO try it. Had to, it happens.

So, I tasted the coconut vinegar, and it was so sweet-tart, coconut-y, and delicious…I had to have some. I’ve been daydreaming ways to showcase this vinegar and I kept coming back to fragrant jasmine rice. This salad comes together quickly and can be served warm, room temperature, or even cold. The vinaigrette is a savory-sweet and tart mixture of the coconut white balsamic, some persian lime olive oil, a little shallot, and sea salt. We shake up the vinaigrette in a jar and gently stir it into the still warm rice–for optimum dressing absorption. Toasty (unsweetened) coconut, nutty sliced almonds, and super-fragrant lime zest are fluffed into the rice.  Every bite has texture and flavor and fragrance. I can’t wait to serve this rice alongside grilled seafood…a late summer evening with a cool glass of something boozy will be a totally optional, yet highly suggested, accompaniments.

Coconut-Lime Rice Salad

Serves 4-6

I know coconut white balsamic and persian lime olive oil aren’t the most readily available pantry staples. You can use any vinegar and olive oil you’d like (I like the idea if rice wine  vinegar and a lighter olive oil), just add a little extra lime zest for good measure. For reference, I purchased the oil and vinegar from HERE (the Birmingham location). The man I talked to was super knowledgeable and had great suggestions. PS, I like my dressing/vinaigrettes to be pretty tart and bracing…so, add more olive oil if you prefer a  more smooth and lush dressing. 

1 cup jasmine rice, uncooked

1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut, toasted

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

2 limes, zested and juiced

1 small shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons coconut white balsamic

3-4 tablespoons persian lime olive oil

big pinch of sea salt

Cook the rice. For a rice cooker–follow manufacturer’s instructions. On the stove-top, pour the rice into a medium saucepan add 1 2/3 cups water (I like a ratio of 1 part rice to just under 2 parts water, thus the 2/3 measurement, but if you have a tried and true method, use that). Bring the pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, covered tightly, for 15-20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. Allow rice to rest, covered, for at least 5 minutes. Scrape the rice into a large mixing bowl and fluff gently with a fork. Set aside.

To toast the coconut and almonds, preheat the oven to 350˚F and spread the coconut and almonds on a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for about 4 minutes, stirring after the first 2 minutes. Watch the coconut and nuts carefully, as they can go from perfectly toasted to burned in a matter of seconds. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, toss with the lime zest and set aside.

In a small jar combine the lime juice (about 1 tablespoon total), minced shallot, coconut (or plain) vinegar, lime (or plain) olive oil, and a big pinch of sea salt. Fasten the lid on the jar and shake vigorously to combine. Pour the vinaigrette over the rice and fold gently with a rice paddle or rubber spatula to combine. Add the coconut/almond/lime zest mixture and fold in gently to combine. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.