Inventions - Fudge
Hello there, young reader! Today, we’re going to talk about a yummy treat that you might have tried before – fudge! Did you know that the word “fudge” actually means “nonsense or foolishness” according to the dictionary? But don’t worry, the fudge we’re talking about is anything but nonsense.
The story of how fudge got its name is actually pretty funny. Back in the 1890s, there was a candy maker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was in charge of making caramels. One day, while he was supervising his employees as they made the candy, someone made a mistake. Instead of producing a chewy candy, the batch turned into a finely crystallized, non-chewy substance.
Can you guess what the candy maker said when he saw the mistake? He said “Fudge!” That’s right, he used the word “fudge” to describe the mistake his employees made. And with that exclamation, fudge was born!
Since then, many people have come up with different variations of fudge. Some people like to add nuts, while others prefer it plain. But today, we’re going to share a simple recipe with you.
It’s called Cream Cheese Fudge, and it’s a modern recipe that’s different from the original “mistake” recipe. Here is an easy way you yourself can cook at home:
First, you’ll need to melt the chocolate morsels on top of a double boiler. While that’s melting, you can beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth in a mixing bowl. Then, add the confectioners’ sugar and evaporated milk. Once the chocolate is melted, stir it into the cheese mixture. Add the vanilla and salt, and then the chopped nuts. Mix everything together well, and then press the mixture into a well-greased 9-inch square pan. Finally, cover the pan and put it in the refrigerator overnight. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll have delicious Cream Cheese Fudge waiting for you!
So, there you have it, young readers. The story of how fudge got its name, and a yummy recipe for you to try at home. Happy cooking!