Sunday, May 08, 2005

Best. Fudge. Ever.

A couple of days ago, my friend Halley published a post about favorite cooking websites. I noted that while I enjoy the site Cooking for Engineers, the recipe for fudge can't possibly be better than the one on the back of the Marshmallow Fluff container.

This is sweet, sweet and SFNE, people. Made in Lynn, Massachusetts, for more than 75 years (something I originally learned on a Food Network show, actually), MF is the goo of which dreams are made. The recipe on the back of the container is pretty much idiot-proof, though it helps not to jump the gun on that whole "softball stage" thing, which the recipe--eh hem--fails to mention.

I've made it for the past couple of years for office parties, and more than one person has proclaimed it to be the best fudge he/she had ever tasted. I just smirk and mumble something about "an old family recipe." (So okay, it's not my family's recipe, but then I didn't say that, did I?)


Blogger Lisa said...

Let's see...more SFNE:
Necco wafers
Tootsie Rolls (made by Cambridge Brands near Central Sq).
Havilland Thin Mints
Boston baked beans, the candy version
Squirrel Nut Zippers were once made in Cambridge but are now just a licensed name made elsewhere
NECCO also makes Circus Peanuts, which come with some really scary recipes on the package.

Moxie (a soda, really an acquired taste. Let's be really SFNE and call it "tonic").
Ocean Spray cran-o-rama

10:00 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Moxie--LOL! I bought a bottle last year (diet Moxie, no less). It tasted like liquified gingerbread, which is not good. Not good at all.

4:03 AM  
Blogger David said...

Lisa commented above about Squirrel Nut Zippers. I believe they are now made in TX somewhere. What a huge loss to Cambridge.

They had a great little (tiny) factory in a residential area, with a beautiful garden next to it. They gave tours to anyone who stopped by, including my wife's second grade class from the Josiah Quincy School (on the edge of Chinatown).

The factory was ancient. Much of the process was gravity-driven. They brought all the ingredients to the top floor and they worked their way down, ending with the finished, wrapped products on the ground floor near the loading docks.

I still recall the foreman, Manny, reminiscing about the party that the band, The Squirrel Nut Zippers had at the factory. All the workers were invited, in addition to those in the music profession.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow. Cool. The factory is still standing, abandoned, and there's a big, overgrown, green area between it and the street (it's near the corner of Beacon and Kirkland in Cambridge. You can still see the faint letters of the name painted on the brick wall of the building.

There's a great book on what you might call "indie candy" by a local author, Steve Almond. It's called Candy Freak, and it's very funny. Basically he goes around to little tiny candy factories that are holdouts against M&M Mars and Hershey.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

Speaking of M&Ms, the manufacturer is about to launch dark chocolate, full-size M&Ms. (They've been available as minis for baking for years.) This is not helping my fewer-sweets vow. Not one bit.

6:20 AM  

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