Baby Shower Edition Part IV…The Party Favor

So what is a baby shower without a little something your guests can take home? Jordan almonds perhaps? (One of my faves!) Or maybe a cute decorated sugar cookie? I decided on a homemade brown sugar scrub. So easy to make and definitely affordable! And did I mention that Shannon was actually out here this weekend for a visit? So I put her to work! We tested our homemade recipe and made a few changes, but it turned out great. (she was nicknamed “The Drizzler” because her job was to drizzle the oil on the sugar mixture.) Seems like an easy task, right? After trial and error, Shannon came up with the perfect sugar to oil ratio. Good job, Drizzler!

So here is the easiest,affordable baby shower favor! And in case you are wondering, it works super fabulous! The sweet almond oil softens the skin, and the sugar is an amazing exfoliator! I have the softest elbows and heels on the block! Maybe there are no baby showers in your future, I still say make some of this to enjoy in your own shower or tub!  (To fill 24 half pint jars, I made about 6 batches of this scrub)

Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract (for smell purposes!)
  • 1-2 (8 ounce bottles) sweet almond oil
  • mason jars (choose a size you like! I used wide mouth half pint jars)

In a large mixing bowl combine brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Transfer sugar mixture into single mason jars. Drizzle the almond oil on top of the sugar mixture until coated, then drizzle a wee bit more. Use a fork to combine oil into sugar mixture. (if you like a less oily scrub, use less almond oil. If you find you like it more oily, add some more) Put lids on mason jars and close tightly.

Secret Hot Fudge Sauce

I’m about to let you in on a little secret.  The recipe to my hot fudge sauce.  Around these parts it’s known as Shannon’s Secret Hot Fudge Sauce.  I give jars of this yummy sauce out as Christmas gifts to our friends and neighbors each year.  It’s become known as my “secret hot fudge sauce”, not because the recipe is so earth shattering (although, it really is), but because I don’t give out the recipe on a matter of principle… I want people to look forward to getting this from me each year!

But alas, the blogging world is much bigger than my little world, and I want all of you to have the same opportunity to enjoy this delicious hot fudge sauce.  You’ll have to work a little harder to taste it than my lucky friends who just get a jar delivered to their door, but it is worth the effort my friends!  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll like it so much that you’ll pass jars of it along to your friends and neighbors.  (The recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc.  Each recipe makes a little over 3 pint jars worth of sauce)  ENJOY!

Secret Hot Fudge Sauce


  • 12 ounces semi sweet premium chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
  • 2 cubes butter, chopped into 1 tablespoon chunks
  • 2 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

In a medium sized saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips together.  When melted, add heavy cream and powdered sugar.  Stir and bring to a slow boil.  Only turn the heat up to medium high, as anything higher will scorch the chocolate.  Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.  Allow to boil for 8 minutes.  Remove from heat and add the vanilla.  Stir thoroughly.

Pour into an airtight container.  I use canning jars.

Refrigerate after opening.

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