National peanut butter fudge day
November 20th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Oh, fudge! November 20 is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.

One of the earliest written recipes for fudge was made popular by Vassar College student Emelyn Battersby Hartridge in the late 1880s at a senior class auction. The super sweet confection was a hit, and soon women’s colleges across the country were coming up with their own versions.

The simple recipe included:

  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Making fudge is a truly chemical process; you’re essentially trying to heat butter and sugar without it forming large crystals of sugar. The result should be a smooth and creamy fudge, and a milk or corn starch are the standard defenses of choice when combating crystals.

Fudge can take on many flavors and one of the most popular is peanut butter. Peanut butter fudge is fairly simple to make and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Not bad for a candy that allegedly got its name from a fudged batch of caramels.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. HarleyGirl

    Peanut butter fudge is a tradition on my hubby's side. My father-in-law always made the fudge. When he got sick, my son took on the responsibility of making the fudge. I have to admit, my son's fudge is extremely good. He made a batch to take to work today for their Thanksgiving lunch. My question is, with this recipe, where's the peanut butter?

    November 21, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  2. me

    OH BOY!!! Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.

    November 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  3. Etta Cornbread

    This is a delicious day! Peanut butter fudge! YUUUUUMMMM

    November 20, 2012 at 9:27 am |
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