Think of any family get together or work potluck. What is one thing that is inevitably there? Why, fudge of course! Fudge is a widely loved dessert that has a history just as rich as the treat itself.

Fudge gets its name because it is believed that it was made on accident when a batch of Caramel got “fudged”.

Fudge has been apart of American culture since 1886, when a Baltimore grocery store started selling it for 40 cents. In 1888, Emelyn Battersby Hartridge made 30 pounds of fudge for her women’s college, Vassar Senior Auction. Her confection became so popular that it spread to other women’s colleges and people started coming up with their own interpretations.

Fudge feels like one of those confections that is always present at a party but is largely underrated. I think it’s easy to forget because it’s not a “trendy” food but it’s a classic and there’s something to say about a well executed classic confection.

What’s your favorite flavor of fudge? Mine is mint chocolate fudge, but it has to be freshly made! Comment below and share your thoughts!!

Simple Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  • one 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp. cold butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips on high for one minute. Stir, then microwave again for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the condensed milk and stir until it is all incorporated into the chocolate. The mixture will get thick.
  3. Cut the cold butter into small cubes. Top the chocolate mixture with the butter and return to the microwave for 45 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Stir well.
  4. Finally, add the vanilla, stir until smooth and pour into a buttered 9" x 5" loaf pan. Chill for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving, tasty!