Are you celebrating one of the National Holiday? This page will help make all your celebrations a delicious experience; by learning the facts about fudge!
When is National Fudge Day? Always June 16th!
Note:- "National Nutty Fudge Day" is always celebrated on May 12th!
What is this Holiday about?
To honor and enjoy the ever so popular dessert called fudge! On this popular food holiday we are encouraged to make a pan of fudge and share it with out family, friends and work mates. The most popular flavor of fudge is chocolate and following right behind that is peanut butter fudge-
Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist. This is referred to as a "National" day as all food holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though, this is still a holiday to celebrate.
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
What is Fudge?
"Fudge is a type of confectionery which is usually very sweet, extremely rich and sometimes flavoured with cocoa. It is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F (116 °C), and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency. Chocolate can also be mixed in to make chocolate fudge. Fudge can also be used in brownies."
"The components of Fudge are very similar to the traditional recipe for Scots Tablet, which is noted in "The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie" (1692-1733). The term "fudge" is often used in the United Kingdom for a softer variant of the tablet recipe."
"One of the first documentations of American-style fudge (containing chocolate) is found in a letter written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She wrote that her schoolmate's cousin made fudge in Baltimore, Maryland in 1886 and sold it for 40 cents a pound. Miss Hartridge got hold of the fudge recipe, and in 1888, made 30 lb (14 kg) of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction. This Vassar fudge recipe became quite popular at the school for years to come."
"Word of this popular confection spread to other women's colleges. For example, Wellesley and Smith have their own versions of this fudge recipe."
Geographical consumption patterns
"In the United Kingdom traditional English fudge has become synonymous with Devon, Cornwall, and sometimes Dorset and is made in a basic range. English fudge is expected to have a firm, slightly crumbly texture. The best known variation is similar to penuche except that it utilizes granulated sugar instead of brown sugar."
""Hot Fudge" in the U.S. is usually understood to be chocolate in regards to ice-cream. Hot fudge is made by heating chocolate fudge, which is typically used as a topping for ice cream, particularly sundaes and parfaits. It may also occasionally be topped upon s'mores."
"Fudge is a drier variant of fondant."
"In forming a fondant, it is not easy to keep all vibrations and seed crystals from causing rapid crystallisation to large crystals. Consequently, milkfat and corn syrup are often added. Corn syrup contains glucose, fructose (monosaccharides) and maltose (disaccharide). These sugars interact with the sucrose molecules. They help prevent premature crystallization by inhibiting sucrose crystal contact. The fat also helps inhibit rapid crystallisation. Controlling the crystallization of the supersaturated sugar solution is the key to smooth fudge. Initiation of crystals before the desired time will result in fudge with fewer, larger sugar grains. The final texture will have a grainy mouthfeel rather than the smooth texture of quality fudge."
"One of the most important parts is its texture. The temperature is what separates hard caramel from fudge. The higher the peak temperature, the more sugar is dissolved, the more water is evaporated; resulting in a higher sugar to water ratio. Before the availability of cheap and accurate thermometers, cooks would use the ice water test, also known as the cold water test, to determine the saturation of the candy. Fudge is made at the "soft ball" stage which varies by altitude and ambient humidity from 235 °F (113 °C) to 240 °F (116 °C)."
"Some recipes call for making fudge with prepared marshmallows as the sweetener. This allows the finished confection to use the structure of the marshmallow for support instead of relying on the crystallization of the sucrose. Fudge squares can be substituted for the marshmallows."
- Praline - a confection using similar flavors as original fudge
- Scots tablet - Scottish confection with similar recipe
- Krówki - Polish confection similar to fudge
- Penuche - A type of fudge typically found in New England and the Southern United States (see National Penuche Day)
Favorite Chocolate Desserts
- Oh Fudge!: A Celebration of America's Favorite Candy by Lee Edwards Benning 1993 Owl Books ISBN 0805025464, pages 7 through 12. Accessed November 1, 2007