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 July 22!
July 22 is National Penuche Day in the United States.
What is this Holiday about?
To honor and enjoy the ever so popular dessert called penuche! On this popular food holiday we are encouraged to make a pan of penuche and share it with out family, friends and work mates.
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.
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Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
What is Penuche?
"Penuche is a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and milk, using no flavorings except for vanilla. Penuche often has a tannish color to it and is lighter than regular fudge. It is formed by the caramelization of brown sugar, and thus its flavor is said to be reminiscent of caramel. Nuts, especially pecans, are often added to penuche used for texture, especially in the making of penuche candies. It is primarily a regional food, found in New England and some places in the Southern United States, though in the latter it goes by different names, usually "Brown Sugar Fudge Candy"."
"Penuche is classed in the fudge family because it follows a similar method of preparation: 1. a fat-sugar solution is heated to the soft ball stage (about 236 degrees F) 2. the solution is cooled without disturbance to lukewarm (about 110 degrees F) 3. flavorings are added and the solution is beaten until thick 4. the mixture is poured into a pan, allowed to cool, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Most traditional (i.e. not "non-cook" or "quick") fudges follow a similar preparation method. What distinguishes penuche is the use of brown sugar rather than white."
"In recent years, it has become common in New England to add maple syrup to the recipe for penuche fudge. Some confectioners will call this "maple syrup penuche fudge" and others don't make any distinction at all - such is the popularity of this newer recipe."
"Penuche is also used as a boiled icing flavor. It was once very popular in Hawaii where the name was localized as Panocha or Panuche. "Panocha" is said to come from the Spanish word for raw sugar (but also Spanish slang for Vulva). Hawaiian cooks often reminisce about both panocha fudge and icing. As an icing, it was common as topping for prune cake. Other names for Penuche include Noochie and creamy praline fudge."
"One penuche-style recipe is called "no bake penuche drop cookies", which involves using brown sugar, milk, butter, oats, and nuts to make."
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