Today, along with the errands I ran, I happened to get sidetracked in the world of social media.  Seriously, one can spend a lot of time working on tweets and Facebook posts and such.  Before you know it you’ll be neglecting your loved ones.  HA!  That doesn’t happen in this house.  My girls are all very capable of telling mom that her time is up on the computer and it’s their turn.

So like my shortened time on the iMac today, I’m also faced with limited time to make a chocolate dessert due solely to my self imposed deadline.  What to make… what to make?  Fudge has been on my mind lately.  I’m not sure why because I usually make fudge only at Christmas time and although it’s pretty close to July, I’m not from Australia or New Zealand so I’m not really into Christmas in July celebrations.  Perhaps my Southern forebears are sending their energies my way.

Normally fudge takes a bit of time to prepare.  You can always find it in a tourist town that sells fudge, from a confectionery on Mackinac Island in Michigan to a tchotchke shop in Florida.  Anyway, I searched around for a simple fudge recipe that was a quick make.  The recipe can be found on the Featured Recipe page.

One of the things I really don’t understand is the market for fudge that is not chocolate.  Vanilla fudge.  Really?  I thought by definition that fudge was chocolate and that was that.  I might give a little leeway for a marble fudge, which would necessitate the use of white chocolate (another contradiction in terms, may I point out).  But really? Vanilla fudge?  Unfortunately, or fortunately, time does not permit the experimentation with vanilla fudge on this summer evening.

In deference to TCM fans who steer clear of nuts for one reason or another, this fudge was made without nuts.  But feel free to throw some in.  Remember, lightly toasting the nuts will bring out the favor of the nut and enhance the taste of the fudge.

Hmmmmm….. you know, the more I think about it, the more I’m thinking that non-chocolate fudge may not be such a bad idea after all.  For some reason I’m feeling the need to make a batch maple walnut fudge calling to me like a Siren song.  Accompanied, of course, by a mocha latte.

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