National Fudge Day:
Every year on the 16th of June, we celebrate National Fudge Day, a day when you can indulge in your favorite confectionery without any guilt.
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Why National Fudge Day?
When we speak of fudge, we are reminded of many different flavors. There is maple, peanut butter, chocolate nut, maple nut, coconut, blueberry, raspberry, gingerbread, etc. and the classic chocolate fudge to indulge in. There is room for a lot of experimentation when it comes to creating a fudge. Just an inspiration to mix up a few flavors can result in a new and delightful fudge flavor any day. There is a flavor of fudge to suit the palate of everyone. The simplest recipe is a concoction of milk, butter, sugar heated to bring the consistency of a sauce.
Another factor about fudge that makes it a delight for everyone is the fact that it is easy to make. People often misunderstand that fudge is a difficult task to handle. It might have been a challenging task in the early days when they had to cook over a wood-fired stove. With modern-day equipment, there is no need to worry about making fudge. Anyone who wants to make fudge can now make it in a snap. It is not a seasonal delicacy like fresh fruits or other items. You can enjoy it in any season and without any reason too. Also, it is associated generally with happiness, and people often end up buying it whenever they are feeling euphoric. This is why we celebrate National Fudge Day, as a means to indulge in this easy, delicious, all-time favorite recipe.
How can we celebrate National Fudge Day?
Looking for ways to enjoy the fudge? Then here we have some things you can do on this day.
- If ever there is a place dedicated to fudge then it is Mackinac Island. The entire island is home to some of the delicious fudge you have ever tasted with nearly a dozen shops dedicatedly delivering them. Only 500 people live on this island and yet it is a place run down with tourists wanting to take a look at the process of making fudge. The celebration here doesn’t coincide with this day but it is a place worth taking a trip to. You can be part of the celebration if you visit here in April.
- You can enjoy the different flavors of fudge on this day, especially the hot fudge topping with ice cream. It is the day to try having different fudge sauces on different flavors of ice cream and check the combinations you are pleased with. You can enjoy yourself with friends and family and share feedback regarding your favorite combinations.
- You can also pack up some fudge recipes of your choice and send them across to family and friends to bring a smile to their faces on this day.
- It is not just a day to treat yourself to fudge, but you can treat others as well on this day. You can send someone you love with a package of fudge or share some with your colleagues on this day. Remember to take a lot of pictures with the fudge and post them on social media with the #NationalFudgeDay.
Interesting facts about National Fudge Day:
There are some facts about fudge that you would be surprised to know about and here we have some of them for easy reference.
- A favorite confectionery among all age groups, the fudge is probably the only dessert form that has crystals of sugar in it. These tiny micro crystals give a firm texture to the fudge.
- Fudge was not invented as a recipe but was a mistake that turned out to be delicious. It was a messed up caramel batch that became the fudge and it was in the year 1886.
- The fudge was sold for 40 cents per pound in Baltimore in the same year for the first time.
- Two years later, Battersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar, made this delicious treat, for the Vassar senior auction. She made about 30 pounds of it and it soon became a favorite among the students.
- Mackinac island or the fudge island as we know it today had its first fudge shop opened in the year 1889. In the peak season, the island churns out nearly 10000 pounds every day of this delicacy.
- The hot fudge sundae loved by everyone was invented by C.C.Browns, an ice cream parlor in Hollywood in the year 1906.
- The record for the largest slab of fudge is held by Northwest Fudge Factory. The behemoth of fudge weighed nearly 5760 pounds and was crafted for nearly a week in the year 2010.
History of National Fudge Day:
There is no information with regards to the origins of this day. However, the dish itself has historical ties to female writers from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with recipes mentioned in many books.