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05 November 2013 @ 04:26 pm
the making of fudge  

So as most people probably know, I like to bake and make candy. I’m also (no false modesty here) very good at it. At the holidays I usually make goodies to send to Ted’s work, and to hand out in tins to people, but I’m almost never there to see people enjoy it. I know they do, because Ted pretty regularly comes home to deliver marriage proposals after I’ve sent fudge or brownies to his work.

This weekend, though, I got to field my own marriage proposals. :) I was asked to bring fudge to WFC (and then the guy who asked for it didn’t get any!), so I was in the rare position of actually getting to watch people take the first bite.

It was really kind of awesome, in a terribly flattering way. Nearly everybody took a small bite and then got incredulous looks that were often followed by an equally incredulous, “You made this?” or “You make really good fudge,” and then two or three minutes of staring blissfully into space as they nibbled it away.

And I did in fact get a marriage proposal, and someone else offered to actually *buy* the last piece off me (I said no, as it was promised to someone), and people followed me around making meepful hopeful expressions asking for more. It was pretty great. :)

But I’ve now had challenges laid down! One is for a friend who can’t eat dairy and another is for what we believe is probably ginger-maple fudge (she was certain of the ginger, but thought there was probably another ingredient, so I went looking for ginger fudge recipes and sent several and she thought ginger-maple sounded right :)), so I shall rise to meet the challenges! The maple-ginger will probably be pretty easy to make at a quality I approve of (someone offered to beta-test the batches, but the truth is I’m the final arbiter of quality because nobody is nearly as harsh on my fudge as I am), but the non-dairy will be very interesting indeed to test and try until I’ve got something I think is suitable. :)baba

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on November 5th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
nom nom nom
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on November 5th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love all things maple, and I'm very curious about maple-ginger fudge!
kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'll let you know how it turns out! I'll probably only do half the batch as maple-ginger, so who knows, if you email me your address you might get lucky...! :-)
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on November 6th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh oh oh! You send me fudge, and I can send you fudge or some other confectionery delight that will ship well. That's how I roll.

I am totally sending you my address, just in case.
cainle_bean on November 5th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Interesting fudge website I was browsing as I noticed your post.

http://www.dairy-free-fudge.com/FudgeFacts.aspx
kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been looking at that! :)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on November 5th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Now I want to make Knäck. Except it is way too early for starting making christmas candy. Damn you, Catie!

Although, you do make delicious fudge. :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 5th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
soooo, what do you do with the rejected test batches? do folks have to disguise themselves as trash receptacles in your kitchen?
kitmizkit on November 5th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
That would be clever of them. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 5th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
You know, I think you should start sending it to your uber-fans in the USA. Start with me, so you can see how it goes.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on November 6th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
No fair to us overseas fans!

Yeah, I know she lives in Ireland...


Edited at 2013-11-06 08:53 am (UTC)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on November 6th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
I found this little site on the net...

http://fudgehouse.co.uk/

The 'Flavour of the Month' is 'Triple Dark Chocolate'...

That sounds like it's probably illegal in part of the world...

Edit:
It seems they ship internationally... and that for Europe, it really makes economic sense to buy two or more boxes... ;-)

Edited at 2013-11-06 08:58 am (UTC)
GM Ceosanna: iEatceosanna on November 9th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
I am verrrrry curious as to how the ginger-maple turns out (I'm salivating as I type this), so please write a review of it once you're done!

Also, if you're able to share your recipe for regular fudge, that would be awesome. I don't know when I'll have the time to make it, but the last recipe I used was a total fail so I'd like to have a good one in my repertoire for when I need it.