This simple fudge in a bag is a perfect opportunity to get kids in the kitchen. A handful of ingredients, a plastic baggie, and some good ol’ elbow grease will yield a tasty treat kids can make all by themselves! Have you ever made fudge in a bag??? I had never heard of such a thing until a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting us from Texas and told my boys all about it. As soon as they heard the word “chocolate” they were sold on the idea.
The ingredients are basic, so we already had everything on hand. Which was good, because the boys wanted to make it IMMEDIATELY. Hooray for NOT having to take a special trip to the store.
The two older boys were able to make the recipe almost entirely on their own, and they thoroughly enjoyed squishing and pounding the contents of the bag until the fudgey goodness came together. It was a great productive outlet for all their aggressive tendencies (i.e. – it gave them permission to beat the tar out of something that wouldn’t get destroyed or injured by their…um…enthusiasm). #boymomlifeBaby brother of course wanted in on the action, too. He climbed right up on the table and pounded away at the bag just like his big brothers.The boys really enjoyed experimenting with adding mix-ins to their fudge. We had quite the variety by the end of our cooking adventure including adding nuts, crushed candy canes, banana chips, and cut up gummy bears. Of course, they then had to sample all of the different flavors they had created.
Life’s hard when you have to eat more and more fudge.
This really is the perfect recipe for kids to make. Here are five reasons why:
- It only requires a few ingredients.
- You don’t have to touch anything sharp or hot.
- It’s virtually mess free because everything is done in the bag.
- The kneading is REALLY good work for developing little muscles.
- You can customize mix-ins to match personal preference.
So gather your supplies, and invite your kids into the kitchen for a special treat they can make all on their own!
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Optional mix-ins: chopped nuts, candies, etc.
- Add all ingredients in a gallon size zip top bag (use freezer quality so the bag doesn’t pop). Seal tightly, removing all air.
- Use your hands to squish and knead the ingredients until they come together.
- If you want to add mix-ins (like nuts, crushed peppermint candies, etc.), now’s the time to divide your fudge into “flavors” and knead in your desired ingredients.
- Remove from the bag and roll into a log (on wax paper or parchment) or press into a parchment-lined pan. If the mixture feels too soft and sticky, place it in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up.
- Cut into desired discs or cubes. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
This recipe makes a fairly large batch of fudge. If you have multiple kids who want to help, I recommend splitting the recipe into separate baggies so everyone has a smaller amount to work with. The recipe halves easily, and can also be split into fourths. When working with smaller amounts, you can use the quart size freezer bags instead of gallon size.
Want more recipes that are great for getting kids involved in the kitchen??? Try these:
- Banana Sushi
- Healthy fruit salsa with baked cinnamon chips
- White Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bites
- Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
- Chocolate almond date balls