To me, happiness really is a block of fudge. The kind that melts in your mouth and however full you are, makes you want more and more and more. But where did it come from? How was this indulgent slice of confectionery created?
Contrary to belief that fudge originated in Devon or Cornwall, fudge is actually an American invention, New York to be precise. The story goes that at Vassar College in NY, a college lecturer was taking a class in toffee making when the temperature of the concoction was not taken high enough. The end product was called ‘fudge’, which is why the term ‘fudge’ is used to indicate a mistake or error.
Fudge is a drier version of fondant made by boiling sugar in milk to the soft-ball stage and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy texture. The US remains one of the fudge-making centres of the world. Mackinac Island (off the coast of Michigan) for example, has over fourteen fudge shops in just two streets, many dating back to the 19th Century.
At Clayton Hotel Cambridge we have many suppliers, one of which is Cambridge Fudge Kitchen which is based on King’s Parade in the city centre. Their recipe’s date back to 1830, and they still today make their fudge by hand on marble slabs in store. We’ve done our research on the different flavours (so kind of us, we know!) and one fudge in particular to mention is definitely the American-style slab fudge. This is made using whipping cream instead of butter, giving a creamy soft texture and distinctive flavour. Yum! All of the fudge is freshly made and sold at their shops in Bath, York, Cambridge, Canterbury, Windsor, Edinburgh and Oxford. Anytime you visit one of the outlets you can try a free sample and catch one of their unique fudge making demonstrations.
So next time you’re in Cambridge and are looking for a little something to do, pay the guys at Fudge Kitchen a visit for a truly unique experience…and some fudge samples!