Artisan Fudge: A History
The original origins of the candy that we call fudge today are certainly unknown but there are plenty of references to fudge after the year 1886. Many believe that Fudge was actually created out of an accident due to the similarities between the recipe for fudge and caramel.
What is Fudge?
Fudge is a crystalline candy and controlling the sugar solution crystallization is the key to delicious, creamy, smooth fudge. One of the most recognizable aspects of any candy is the final texture. Temperature separates hard caramels from fudge. The tiny crystals of sugar in fudge are what gives fudge its firm but smooth texture. The secret to successful fudge is getting these crystals to form at just the right time.
An American Confection
Though it may have been created by accident, it wasn’t until the year 1886 however that fudge actually was sold as a product all its own. Fudge is considered to be an American invention. In fact, the first place that sold this new confection was a local Baltimore grocery store that set the price at just $0.40 a pound. This evidence is thought to be true due to a letter found in the archives at Vassar College speaking about a new dessert.
In the year 1888, fudge turned into a much more widespread recipe and from the popular Vassar fudge recipe was being made for senior auctions, school events and more. The recipe became very popular in this area and since spread out into other women’s colleges, to other confectioners, as well as to the homes of Americans. Fudge quickly became one of the most popular confections for women’s colleges and fundraisers. Surprisingly many schools would adapt their own recipes for distinct varieties of fudge.
Today we take that history and create wonderful and unique new flavors. While you may enjoy peanut butter fudge, classic chocolate fudge or even chocolate mint fudge, we are always searching to find new flavor creations when we are creating the newest fudge varieties.
We have worked hard to find the best processes for creating smooth and sinfully sweet fudge. We strongly urge you to try our many flavors of fudge!