Since Fannie May opened its first retail store in 1920, it’s become an icon in the candy world. While it may have been the traditional candies that have helped Fannie May earn its place in confectionery history, it’s the timeless and irresistible recipe of Fannie May Fudge that helped keep it there.
To celebrate this timeless treat, we’ve put together some sweet facts about fudge!
On the history of fudge…
While it’s flavor is irrefutably delicious, the history of fudge isn’t quite so clear. In fact, there are several theories as to the history of this decadent delight. One of the most popular theories is as follow:
– While making caramels, a chocolatier accidentally “fudged” the recipe, allowing the caramels to recrystallize, and resulting in the first ever batch of fudge.
-Some of the first recorded evidence of the creation of fudge dates all the way back to 1866 written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge. The letter describes a schoolmate’s cousin making and selling fudge for 40 cents a pound. She then obtained the recipe and made 30 pounds of it in the year 1888. The popularity of this sweet treat soared and the rest is history!
On the creation of fudge…
– Fudge can be made into a variety of different flavors. Throw some chocolate in there to make chocolate fudge. Prefer nuts? Those pair brilliantly as well.
– First lady Marnie Eisenhower was a big fudge enthusiast
– Fudge is very similar to fondant; it is just much drier
– The current world record for largest slab of fudge is held by Northwest Fudge Factory in Canada and ways 5,760 pounds. Preparation reportedly took one week.