It’s National Fudge Day on June 16 – and to mark such an auspicious occasion, it’d be rude not to munch a stack of the creamy, sweet confectionery.
Fudge Day has been organised to “raise awareness of fudge’s heritage and to encourage people to have a little British-made treat”. However, while lots of fudge is made in Britain, according to culinary legend, the first batch of fudge was actually created by accident in the USA.
Although the true origins of the delicacy are disputed, it’s said that on Valentine’s Day, 1886, a Baltimore confectioner and chocolate maker ‘fudged’ a batch of French caramels by accidentally allowing the sugar to recrystallise. The delicious result was what came to be known as fudge.
But other accounts say fudge is similar to the traditional butter, sugar and milk recipe for Scottish Tablet, a much older confection from Scotland, of course.
Wherever it originated, the creamy concoction lends itself to the addition of many other flavours, leading to many weird and wonderful types of fudge. Here are 9 of them:
Made in a Cornish kitchen, this all-butter, crumbly fudge is infused with Tarquin’s Gin, giving an aromatic flavour of juniper.
Another crumbly all-butter fudge, this is lightly sprinkled with flecks of leaves from the Truro-based Tregothnan Tea to give it a very British, floral Earl Grey flavour.
From the Fudge House based on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this decadent delicacy is made with hazelnut praline, Belgian chocolates and a dash of real Drambuie – a perfect after-dinner treat.
This hand-made fudge is creamy and lemony, with real pieces of crunchy meringue.
A hand-decorated mini fudge loaf containing smooth vanilla fudge, with a base of Nutella and hazelnuts, topped with a single Ferrero Rocher, a drizzle of milk chocolate and a sprinkle of hazelnuts.
Peanut butter fudge, made with real Reese’s peanut butter and a Reese’s peanut butter bar in the centre – yum!
This vanilla fudge creation has a base of lotus biscuits and is flavoured with biscoff spread, all topped with white chocolate and a whole lotus biscuit.
A lemon and almond flavoured whipping cream fudge scattered with poppy seeds – tasty and tangy with a hint of zing.
If you fancy a more traditional type of fudge, there’s this delicious combination of the two most popular fudge flavours – dark chocolate fudge carefully wrapped around layers of creamy caramel fudge.