Fudge is a classic confection that can invoke intense nostalgic feelings for those who eat it. Whether you associate the sweet treat with holidays, your grandmother’s kitchen, or trips to the boardwalk, there is no denying that homemade fudge is a delight for the senses. But what makes homemade fudge so special? Where did the sweet treat come from? Settle in with some creamy fudge from Wockenfuss Candies and keep reading to learn about the origins of this American confection.
What is Fudge, Exactly?
When it comes to this candy’s origins, it is important to know the key ingredients and processes involved in crafting classic fudge. The three main components of a traditional fudge are sugar, milk, and butter. These ingredients are combined and heated until the mixture reaches the “soft ball” stage. As far as candies go, making fudge is relatively straightforward; home cooks can create basic fudge without special equipment, though some knowledge of candy making is helpful. While chocolate fudge has become emblematic of the confection, many early fudge recipes did not contain chocolate at all! Recipes for the candy, both old and new, often incorporate chocolate, nuts, fruits, and other flavors. At Wockenfuss Candies, our Baltimore caramel fudge is a creamy, delicious example of the iconic flavors and textures of classic fudge.
How Homemade Fudge Got Its Start
The history of fudge is a fascinating one, due in no small part to the role of American social trends and food processing methods in the late 1800s. According to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, fudge recipes first began appearing in print in the 1880s. Because of advances made in sugar and chocolate processing, fudge’s key ingredients were more affordable than ever. Homemade fudge allowed women at the time to utilize these ingredients in a way that was simple and delicious. American women’s colleges in the 1880s played an essential role in the popularity and development of this sweet treat. Making fudge was a social activity that could be done in dorm rooms with limited supplies.
Fudge in America Today
Fudge’s enduring popularity in the U.S. stems from many factors, not least of which is its ability to incorporate a wide range of flavors. Wockenfuss Candies offers a variety of delicious flavors, both in-store and online, to satisfy any sweet tooth. Our classic chocolate and vanilla fudges are available with or without walnuts, and our vanilla chocolate swirl combines the best of both worlds. Peanut butter explosion, cookies and cream, and pumpkin pie fudge are exciting twists on the traditional confection. For those who just can’t decide on a single flavor, Wockenfuss also offers custom assorted fudge packages!
A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies
Head to WockenfussCandies.com and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!