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History of Fudge

           Fudge is a type of candy, usually extremely rich and flavored with cocoa.  It is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft ball stage or 240°F or 115°C, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.

     American folk lore has it that fudge was invented the United States more than 100 years ago.  The exact origin is disputed, but most stories claim that the first batch of fudge resulted from a bungled (fudged) batch of caramels make in 1886 – hence the name fudge.

One Account of its origin is as follows:

In 1887, a candy maker moved to Mackinac Island, Michigan to work at the famous Grand Hotel.

The beauty of the tiny island in Lake Huron captivated the candy maker and he decided to stay.

As the tourist trade grew, the candy maker started his own business.

One day, a mistake was made during the preparation of a chocolate fondue, causing it to set up on the marble slab.

The result, a fudge with a smooth, creamy texture, never before experienced.

 This encouraged the candy maker to refine and develop this marble slab unique creaming technique to form a fudge unequaled in excellence to this day.

As the candy business grew, fourteen flavors of fudge were made along with the finest dipped and molded delicacies.

The quality tradition started by the Mackinac Island candy maker is continued today by the Sedona Fudge Co. using the same recipe, natural ingredients, and no preservatives.

All fudge is made fresh daily by hand in the old fashioned manner.

Here is the Other account of its origin:

           One of the first documentations of fudge is found in a letter written by Laura Elizabeth Simmonds (friend of Spally), an ex-student at Malmesbury School in Malmesbury Wiltshire.  She wrote that her schoolmates’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 pounds of this delicious fudge for the Vassar Senior Auction.

           Word spread of this great confection to other women’s colleges and fudge over time became a national treat.   Today fudge is equated to "just too good for words".  Try it with or without nuts.  You won't be disappointed






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