Sponsored by Woolworths
I had a meeting Woolies a few months ago, and we discussed the festive season and how wonderful it is to include fresh ingredients in gift ideas. So they have decided to challenge Aussies to give the gift of fresh, and I absolutely love the idea!
I remember my first experience of a fresh gift when I used to work in a flashy office in the city. One of the clients sent over a big box of fresh red cherries and I thought it one of the most wonderful gifts I had ever seen! It was actually a really novel gift idea I hadn’t seen before – just so simple and lovely.
Fresh food gifts seem so novel because they are harder to keep. However, I’ve experimented with a few fresh gift ideas this festive season and found they are really easy to pull together if you have it planned out, and they are such a treat. In the ideas I have thought about, there are non-perishable elements together with fresh items, and so it is easy to just add the fresh elements before gifting. I’ll share more ideas soon. This time, I did a fondue kit with fresh strawberries and bananas.
DIY Fondue Kit is a crowd-pleaser gift idea! It is especially great for family and group presents, or even if you need to bring a plate to a festive gathering. Fondue is always a HIT and they are simple to prepare too.
What you need
- Large chocolate block
- Santa’s Marshmallows
- Strawberries (2 punnets)
- Bananas (3 or 4)
- Bamboo Skewers (I find the shorter 16cm option work better for a fondue)
- Printable Gift Card (with instructions) – click the image below for the PDF file
Variations: There are so many different options you can go with, for example, white chocolate, Nutella, caramel, cherries and more.
Tip: Look out for the big 350-gram block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, because when it’s melted, it will fill up a ramekin-size bowl.
Putting it together
I put this together hamper style in a box, but it can also be gifted in a large container with a lid.
What you need
- Box or container
- Brown paper and twine for decoration and packing
- Christmas wreath label (which you can print here)
Putting this kit together is simple. Scrunch brown paper and place at the base of the box. This will assist in arranging the food items. Arrange the larger packets at the back, and the smaller items at the front. Use a section of brown paper to wrap around the box and wind a few rounds of twine around and tie a bow. Add the label and it’s ready to go! I’ve also included an instruction card printable (you can print here) to include with instructions and an image of the final product.
- Break the chocolate up into smaller pieces and melt chocolate in metal or glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Stir continuously. When melted, add to a small bowl.
- Wash the strawberries and cut the banana into larger chunks.
- Arrange all items on a platter, plate or board.