Where did fudge come from?
- It is believed that someone was making caramel when they “fudged” the recipe. The result was delicious, but the name stuck even as fudge grew in popularity.
- Another story says a college lecturer in Virginia, was teaching a class in toffee making, and the temperature was not taken high enough resulting in what we now know as fudge.
In what year was the first piece of fudge sold?
- In 1886, fudge was sold at a local Baltimore grocery store for 40 cents a pound. This is the first known sale of fudge. A letter, found in the archives of Vasser College, written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge reveals that Emelyn wrote that her schoolmate’s cousin made fudge in 1886 in Baltimore and sold it for 40 cents a pound.In 1888, Miss Hartridge asked for the fudge recipe, and made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar Senior Auction. The recipe was very popular at the school from that point forward. Fudge became a new confection after word spread to other women’s colleges of the tasty delight. Later, Smith and Wellesley schools each developed their own recipe for fudge.
- The largest slab of fudge weighed 5,760 lb and was made by Northwest Fudge Factory in Levack, Ontario, Canada, on 23 October 2010.
Is there a National Fudge Day?
- Of course, June 16th
How long will fudge last?
- Most people don’t realize that although fudge is delicious when freshly made, it can actually be frozen for up to a year without losing any of its flavor!
Did You Know…
- The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves which triggers relaxation.
- White chocolate is technically NOT chocolate because as it contains no chocolate solids or chocolate liquor.
- It takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make 1 pound of chocolate.
- Each SECOND Americans eat 100 pounds of chocolate !