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Happy National Fudge Day!
Like many culinary creations, fudge came to be by accident -- an accident that the chocolate-y dessert happened be christened for. According to American legend, the first batch of fudge was the result of a botched batch of caramels (hence the emphatic "fudge!" from which the moist brownies take their name).
And although fudge has been around since the late 1800s, it's still quite an exacting recipe to follow, requiring constant stirring and monitoring, and extremely precise measurements and cooking time. Later alterations to the original recipes are easier to follow, due to the addition of the likes of corn syrup, condensed milk or marshmallow cream, but best results are obtained from meticulously following simple recipes, like that of Vassar student Emelyn B. Hartridge.
According to legend, after she made a batch for the Vassar Senior Auction, fudge recipes spread (and were swapped around and toyed with) like wildfire across female colleges. Refer to TheNibble.com
for early recipe examples!
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