For those who like fudge, you have something to celebrate. June 16 is National Fudge Day. Fudge is a delicious confection made with sugar, milk, butter, and flavoring. Some of the most popular varieties include chocolate, peanut butter, maple, caramel, peppermint, and marshmallow.
Fudge is a type of Western confectionery which is usually soft, sweet, and rich. It is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk, 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. Fudge is sold in a variety of flavors. Fruits and nuts are sometimes added to fudge.
Fudge used to be made without chocolate. Our modern-day fudge evolved from a candy called Scottish Tablet which originated in the late 17th century. While today's recipes are quite similar, Scottish Tablet has a much harder texture and didn't include chocolate which some people think is the most important ingredient.
To celebrate National Fudge Day, use a quick and easy recipe and make a batch of fudge to share with your family and friends. If you do not feel like making fudge yourself, you can pick up your favorite type of fudge at your local bakery. More than likely, your fudge will include chocolate.