It’s time to give your sweet tooth a workout. May 12 is National Nutty Fudge Day. This popular sweet treat has an interesting history. Many early stories about fudge show that it came about by accident when cooks were trying to make other types of candy.
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Who invented fudge?
The exact origin of fudge is disputed, but Emily Battersby, class of 1892 at Vassar College wrote a letter talking about her classmate making fudge. Hartridge actually used the recipe to make 30 pounds of the fudge for the senior auction.
Fun Facts about Fudge
Fudge is a really popular sweet treat. Here are some facts about the confection that you might not know.
- Americans normally make fudge with chocolate and Europeans often use butter, sugar and cream in the ingredients.
- Fudge is a Western confection idea.
- Tourist shops often sell fudge made from ingredients in the region to visitors.
- Pecans and walnuts are most often used in nutty fudge recipes.
- Cole Porter was a fudge lover. He had 9 pounds of it shopped to him each month. Now that’s a fudge addiction!
- In 1886 Fudge sold in Baltimore for 40c a pound.
- The largest slab of fudge weighed 5760 pounds. It was made in Ontario Canada by the Northwest Fudge Factory.
What is Fudge Made of?
Everyone loves this sweet treat and many pounds of it are made every year, but how is fudge actually made? To get this creamy confection with just the right texture, combine sugar, butter and milk and heat it to the soft ball stage (240 º F) and then beat the mixture as it cools.
This will give it a smooth but still creamy texture. Nuts are often added to give the creaminess a boost of crunchy flavor, too.
Be sure to also check out my tips for making perfect fudge every time. It’s much easier than you think.
How to Celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day
- Host a Fudge Exchange. Everyone brings a batch of their favorite fudge along with the recipe and guests leave with some of each and the recipe to try on their own.
- Take a trip to the Farmer’s Market to Pick up a few varieties of fudge with nuts. Have a vote with your family to see which the favorite is.
- Make a batch of nutty fudge to share with friends. Try out one of the recipes below.
- Share the word on social media using the hashtags #NationalNuttyFudgeDay #nuttyfudgeday and #NationalFoodDays.
Here is a tweet to get you started:May 12 is #NationalNuttyFudgeDay. Get out the sugar and your baking pan and make one of these fudge recipes to share.🥜🍜🍫 Click To Tweet
Nutty Fudge Recipes
While walnuts and pecans are most commonly used when making nutty fudge, other nuts work too. Here are 10 of my favorite recipes to try. One might be perfect for Mother’s Day!
- Candy Corn and Pecan fudge is perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, but you can also have it any day of the year. It freezes really well.
- Try this nutty dark chocolate fudge. It is super easy to make and the flavor is great.
- This white chocolate macadamia nut fudge is decadent and tasty with just five minutes to make.
- The pale green color of this pistachio fudge tells us what the nuts are in this sweet treat!
- This vegan peanut butter walnut fudge will fool even those who aren’t vegan.
- Cranberries and Pecans come together in a holiday fudge that will tempt your sweet tooth.
- Check out the easiest, most fool-proof, melt-in-your-mouth Salted Maple Pecan Vegan Fudge you will ever make.
- This yummy Rocky Road Fudge uses almonds and tiny marshmallows for a treat that the kids will love.
- Make this pecan pie fudge with just five ingredients.
- Sugar free and five minutes? This microwave fudge recipe is a keeper.
How many Calories in Fudge?
The answer to this question depends on the type of fudge, or course, but an average piece of home made nut fudge has about 100 calories with 13 grams of sugar and 16 grams of fat.
Fudge Days of the Year
There are several days of the year devoted to fudge – and oddly enough none of them happen in December when so many people eat fudge.
- National Nutty Fudge Day – May 12
- National Fudge Day – June 16
- National Penuche Fudge Day – July 22
- National Peanut Butter Fudge Day – November 20
There are over 1500 National Days of the year and many of them are devoted to food. Don’t miss any of them. Check often to see which day we are featuring on Always the Holidays. Be sure to print out my free May National Day Calendar to help plan your recipes.
For other May national days check out these posts:
- National Have a Coke Day – May 8
- National Butterscotch brownie Day – May 9
- National Twilight Zone Day – May 11
- National Buttermilk Biscuit Day – May 14
Pin these nutty fudge recipes for later
Would you like a reminder of these decadent fudge recipes? Just pin this image to one of your dessert boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.