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  • The Story of Chocolate Fudge

    Just hearing the words chocolate fudge is enough to set many people's mouths watering. Chances are good that growing up, candy may have been something you had regularly, but fudge was a rare and special treat. Fudge is synonymous with family vacations, trips to the beach, and special occasions like the holidays. This association with special events, along with fudge's rich flavor and soft consistency, has made chocolate fudge one of the great American treats. But what is fudge and where did it come from?

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    Fudge is essentially a mixture of sugar, butter, and cream plus flavoring. However, making fudge requires precise measurements and careful control of temperature. The telltale sign of good chocolate fudge is its soft, velvety consistency and this requires precise cooking and lots of experience to achieve. As the ingredients heat, the liquid cooks off and the concentration of sugar in the pot increases. Fudge is made by getting the sugar concentration to about 85%. Overcooking it even a little can cause it to caramelize, ruining the fudge, and imprecise methods can cause unwanted sugar crystals to form.

    While sugar, butter, and cream are a common mixture in many European confections, chocolate fudge is a purely American invention. The first recorded sale of fudge was in Baltimore in 1886, when it was sold for 40 cents per pound. But the confection spread quickly, as female college students began to sell it at fundraisers. The prominence of fudge at women's colleges on the east coast led to its association with the general area and its sale at many Atlantic coast beach resorts. In some cases, sea salt was added to the recipe, giving it an almost taffy-like flavor.

    From there, fudge spread to other resort areas, where regional recipes were established. Mackinac Island fudge in Michigan is particularly well known, but many areas have their own version.

    Flavors have also become more varied. Chocolate and dark chocolate fudge remain favorites, but peanut butter is a close second and other flavors like white chocolate, vanilla, and maple are much beloved as well. It's common to add chopped nuts or dried fruits to fudge, or to layer two flavors together, making countless combinations possible.

    Fudge is a rich and delicious treat, one that can be enjoyed in small bites and still leave you fully satisfied. What's your favorite flavor of fudge?

  • Five Autumn Candies that will Make your Mouth Water

    When most people think about the autumn season a full list of emblematic ideas come to mind: changing leaves, roasted turkey, and early night just to name a few. Of course, it would be impossible to imagine Fall without taking into account the list of holidays that occur. Both Thanksgiving and Halloween are celebrated by enjoying delicious meals and treats with family and friends, and over the decades some traditional favorites have become so ingrained in our national culture it’s almost impossible to imagine the holidays without them. The following list is our top five favorite traditional autumn treats!

    Candy Apples

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it doesn’t do much for the sweet tooth! Maybe that’s why we’ve been dunking them in a sugary substance to form a hard candy shell for over a century. What better example of the fall season is there than a ripe red apple, fresh from the harvest, covered in a sticky-sweet coating? Why stick your head in a bucket of water to get a tasty piece of fruit when you can have it candied on a stick?

    Fresh Chocolate Fudge

    Chocolate has been around for longer than most treats we indulge ourselves with today, and the process of creating fudge is nearly 150 years old itself. While there is a wealth of different flavors to choose from, nothing comes close to bringing about the nostalgic autumn feel than old fashioned chocolate fudge. Rich, creamy, and always delicious, fudge has been a common dessert amongst Thanksgiving dinners for decades.

    Tasty Taffy

    Several desserts that are served during autumn are generally done in large quantities, such as pies or cakes. Taffy, however, is unique in that it comes in small, bite-sized pieces. This delicious treat is both tasty and convenient, as the wrappers allow the candy to be saved for a later time. With a large variety of flavors to choose from, you’re sure to find your autumn favorite to savor on Halloween.

    Candy Corn

    Who doesn’t eat at least a handful of Candy Corn every October? These itty bitty pieces of hardened honey and sugar are practically the mascot of Halloween. The orange, white, and yellow stripes have even come to define several decorations and costumes, allowing children to wear their favorite holiday candy. Whether you love it or hate it, Candy Corn is guaranteed to show up once the nights start getting longer.

    Licorice

    Licorice is a candy that comes in multiple forms: twigs, strands, coils, and vines are only a small sample. Originating from a plant that was used for its medicinal properties, Yorkshire was the first location to mix it with sugar to create a candy. Since then, Licorice has had a fairly debatable position amongst candy enthusiasts. Because of its spiced taste, many steer clear of the black candy, while others have convinced themselves that “Red Licorice” is the only variety. Regardless, the wholesome, spiced taste is definitely reminiscent of those chilly autumn days.

  • Understanding The Many Flavors of James' Candy & Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy: Specialty

    James' Candy and Fralinger's are world famous candy makers and have flavors of salt water taffy everyone can enjoy. Check out this reference guide to learn about the specialty flavors they have to offer!

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  • Understanding The Many Flavors of James' Candy & Franlinger's Salt Water Taffy: Spices

    James' Candy and Franlinger's Salt Water Taffy come in an assortment of flavors. Check out the different spices below!

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  • Understanding The Many Flavors of James' Candy & Franlinger's Salt Water Taffy: Fruits

    In 1870 Atlantic City's first boardwalk opened, and in the years that followed candy retailers began producing a special kind of taffy that has become one of the nation's most beloved treats: Salt Water Taffy. Check out this reference guide to learn about all the different flavors!

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