Monday, June 16, 2014

just for fun - Today is Fudge Day!

Since Mondays can be a day which is difficult to start and feels like a long day, I'm very happy to let you know today is, along with being Monday, Fudge Day! Sounds like this Monday will be a very sweet day indeed!

As I looked up the info on this sweet day, I found;
"The origins of Fudge Day are unknown, but it cannot be denied celebrating this delicious, sweet treat is a great way to spend the day. (Especially and particularly if the day lands on a Monday!) Fudge is a soft, smooth confectionary made by heating and mixing milk, butter and sugar. A variety of other ingredients can then be added to create assorted flavours of fudge. Some of the most popular flavours include chocolate and peanut butter. (These are my two favorite flavors of fudge for sure!)"
I thought it might be fun to share with you some, "fudge facts"! Did you know . . . 
  • The earliest documented mention of fudge can be found in a letter composed by Emelyn Hartridge, who was studying at Vassar College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York. The letter detailed how fudge had been made and sold in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1886.
  • Other fudge recipes in the USA can be traced back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 
  • Mackinac Island fudge ice cream (vanilla ice cream blended with small chunks of fudge) is still sold on Mackinac Island in Michigan, and surrounding areas, where shops have been selling fudge to summer vacationers since the late nineteenth century. 
  • before refrigeration, homemakers would make fudge as a way of storing extra sugar, molasses, and maple syrup
  • Hot fudge in the United States and Canada is usually considered to be a chocolate product often used as a topping for ice cream in a heated form, particularly sundaes and parfaits.
  • Fudge containing chocolate is called American-style fudge
  • Fudge, chocolate or otherwise, is thought to be a descendent of Scottish tablet. Taiblet, the Scottish name for tablet, is made the same was as fudge, though it was flavored with vanilla. Tablet is a medium to hard sweet, somewhere between fudge and hard candy. Besides being harder, tablet also has a grainy texture, such as might be found in peanut brittle.
  • Airtight packages of fudge can be frozen and stored for up to a year without losing any flavors. To defrost, leave wrapped package of fudge out until it is room temperature all the way through. If it is unwrapped before room temperature, the top will become soft and sticky from absorbing moisture in the air.
  • It is believed someone was making caramel when they ‘fudged’ up the recipe. The result was delicious, but the name stuck as fudge grew in popularity.
So . . . what could possibly be a better thing to do on, "Fudge Day", than to make a batch of your own tasty fudge? Try this simple recipe . . .
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for two minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla (add chocolate chips and stir until melted). Pour over powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8x8 pan and chill until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Fudge Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy some of this tasty treat! Have your grandchildren help you make . . . and eat it! Make extra to share with the neighbors so everyone can celebrate . . . and enjoy Fudge Day! 

What is your favorite flavor of fudge?

1 comment:

  1. It is hard to have a favorite flavor! We just went on our first family vacation with our sons (who are 4 and 6) and we went up to Mackinac Island and got some fudge from Murdick's! It was so good. I have never made my own though, do I'll have to try the recipe you posted sometime and see how it turns out!