Each Christmas I pull out the heirloom quality cookbook my sister made me, and turn to the one recipe that I actually know by heart, Old Fashioned Fudge. This is holiday tradition passed down through my mother, from her mother. Somehow, I ended up as one of the few in my generation with the patience, inclination, and skillset to take up this candy-making.
The recipe is so simple: sugar, coco, milk, butter, and vanilla. It’s all about the blending and boiling.
I’ve added flavorings the past couple years and reduced the sugar to coco ratio, making my fudge less sweet than my mothers.
Often I enlist helpers, because really everything in the kitchen is more fun with company (laughter adds flavor to the dish!), and also very few people have been involved with making fudge that doesn’t include marshmallow creme.
Even with someone to share the stirring duty, this fudge’s Community Appetite connection is more in the ritual sharing than in the cooking. It’s so rich a treat, just one or two 1″ square pieces is a serving. So I package it up careful- four pieced to a festive bag- and share it with the people that I spend time with. Always the story of our Christmas food tradition, passed down through the generations, gets included.
Usually the fudge gets a second look of appreciation once the story is shared. And that’s why it belongs here on the Community Appetite blog. The sharing of food and the sharing of stories, go hand in hand for a rich, delicious life.
What are your holiday food traditions?