Peanut butter lovers and fudge lovers can come together on November 20 to observe this delicious treat. It’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!
On June 16, people across the United States celebrated National Fudge Day. Just by adding creamy or crunchy peanut butter the celebration continues. They will have the yummy taste of peanut butter as the fudge flavor and star of the show.
Fudge originated in the United States, possibly by a happy accident. In 1886 a letter was found, written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, referring to fudge that her cousin had made, in Baltimore Maryland, selling it for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge was able to obtain the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.
In the late 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers. Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.
- It is believed that someone was making caramel when they “fudged” up the recipe. The result was delicious, but the name stuck even as fudge grew in popularity.
- Another story goes, that a college lecturer in Virginia, was teaching a class in toffee making, and the temperature was not taken high enough resulting in what we now know as fudge.