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Homemade Caramel + Fudge Sauces plus Free Printable Tags

This year for my Mom's birthday I set out to make her a gift that I knew she would love...Homemade Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Sauce. I found a great Simple Caramel Recipe on Savory Sweet Life (she includes helpful step-by-step photos) and followed blogger Maya's recipe for Chocolate Fudge Sauce here. Both turned out deliciously. 

To make the gift presentation complete (and to make for easy refrigerator storage) I poured the sauces into glass canning jars (purchased from our local hardware store). Similar jars can be found online right here. If I had had more time to source materials I probably would have used a completely clear canning jar — simply for aesthetic purposes.

After the sauces chilled overnight I topped them with a fabric circle tied on with pretty twine and some custom made tags. I used a small inverted bowl as the template for my fabric toppers, cut them out, and then trimmed around the circles with pinking shears to give them a decorative edge. The whole gift really came together nicely and has been heartily enjoyed on ice cream and fresh apple slices for the past couple of weeks. Yum!

If you'd like to print out tags to hang on your own jars of Caramel or Chocolate Fudge Sauce, I've made the file available for you to download below.  I've also included a set of blank tags that you can use for topping whatever gifts you'd like (they also make great bookmarks).

Doesn't this sweet fox by Paulina of Lemmikkiapina look fetching with a modified tag around her neck! To create the tag I simply cut one tag in half and then folded it in the center. I then took a scrap from another tag and punched a starburst circle using a decorative paper punch to layer on top. Next I punched a small hole at the top of both tags using a small 1/8" hole punch by McGill. Lastly I strung a gold bead onto baker's twine and then threaded the beaded twine through the tags and tied the whole thing onto my fox sculpture. Voila! I hope you will have fun being creative with the recipes and freebies from this post. Enjoy! xo Ez

Tip: With Fall just around the corner, you might enjoy a couple more apple themed freebies from previous months.  See them here.

Reader Comments (30)

Um yum, and so cute!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjan

Thanks a lot, they look beautiful.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaRaH

lovely tags! thanks for sharing. i believe it may be the ideal family gift for the holidays. yay : )

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterallyn

Thanks for the idea! I have a feeling I will be making these as the fall months approach!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

thank you for the nice lables.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichaela

I love it!!! There is nothing more lovely than a beautifully done hand made gift. And thanks for sharing the recipes and tags! I know just what the ladies in the family will be getting from me this Fall. :)

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

oh, these tags are pure loveliness! Such a sweet finishing touch on any gift. Downloading as I type... :)

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVivi

Very very sweet! Thank you EZ!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Oh, I just love this!!
Such a sweet gift to give!!!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

What a lovely gift! And the photo of the scooped ice cream still in the container is perfect! I'm always practicing making pretty, round, perfect scoops to take photos of my homemade ice cream.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

what a lovely (and yummy!) gift!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Ohhhhhhhhhh... Mmmmmmmmm.... I want to taste that so much!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

Nom nom nom! What a fun gift idea - and a great excuse to have some homemade caramel + fudge laying around the house :)

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Gaskill

Totally in love with this, thank you for sharing!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshleigh

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments everyone! If you end up making the sauces or printing the tags I'd love to know what you think. xo Ez

August 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterEz

oh my, I love caramel... will have to try this soon!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

That caramel sauce looks absolutely incredible!!

And it's so generous of you to share those tags! :)

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

This is such a gorgeous and inspiring DIY! Beautiful, clean and thoughtful design! Thanks Ez! xx

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamia Kallidis

These are so lovely! Thanks a lot!

You are amazing & I always say: A gift from you is always many gifts in one....amazing packaging, so thoughtful and incredibly beautiful! Happy Birthday to your mom!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa de la Fuente

oh ez this is so amazing!! i want to make that caramel soon!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer young

thank you!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjill

Thanks so much, Ez. Really appreciate your generosity - I'm going to save this to Wishpot now!
; )

What a great idea and execution for your mum, the whole packaging is fantastic!
Love the tags, with those little stars! THANKS!

That sculpture is literally a masterpiece, lucky you... Lemmikkiapina shop seems to be quite empty as of now, strange... Do you know if she has a blog or a website?


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuze

your mom is one lucky woman to receive such a very lovely, heartfelt, creative gift.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlush bella

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