Peanut Butter Fudge
Fudge… and The Vassar College Girls?
Fudge was discovered by girls from Vassar while visiting Baltimore Maryland in the late 1800s. There they encountered a candy-maker selling an interesting and delicious chocolate from a pushcart. He told the girls how to make it and they did – over a paraffin lantern in their rooms.
Why The Name Fudge?
Because it wasn’t exactly chocolate, but was “fudging” it… in other words, making it up. Word spread and college girls started making their own versions everywhere. Vanilla, peanut butter, and many others soon came along.
So, What About That Peanut Butter?
Still a favorite, peanut butter really took off at the turn of the century. Peanut butter proved to be a cost effective and delicious, making it an ideal addition in Depression-era candies and desserts. Some favorites from the era include the Peanut Butter Cup and the Appalachian treats Corn Flake Candy and Potato Candy. Candy story detailed on the tag.