I have attempted to make fudge four times in the past month. All four attempts have failed. I tried three maple fudge recipes and one chocolate recipe: the first recipe resulted in maple candy, not maple-flavored fudge. The second recipe was too soft, but had a great mouthfeel and flavor. The third (chocolate) was grainy and barely chocolate flavored. The final batch of maple fudge was so grainy it almost hurt to eat. Not one of them was juuuust right. I have exhausted every fudge troubleshooting website I can find; none of them have been helpful. Every time I change some part of my recipe or technique a different part of the process gets messed up. And no, I don't want to use marshmallow fluff. Nor mini marshmallows, nor condensed milk. Is old-fashioned fudge really such a difficult thing to ask for?
I WILL get this right one day. Just watch. Even if I have to beg for a marble slab, I WILL make perfect fudge one day. Stay tuned. But not too closely, 'cause this may take awhile.
There's this wonderful group called Philly Food Swap that's organized by some local bloggers. I found out about them by reading Food In Jars by Marisa McClellan: I saw her post on the first Philly Food Swap, got excited, and signed up for the Winter Philly Food Swap, which was yesterday. Approximately 35 people, displaying homemade food goods, crowded into the PA Horticultural Society Library to mingle and sample each others' food.
I had a BLAST! I met some great people, got a little stressed out making enough macaroons for the event, and came home with an enormous variety of delicious, locally made treats.
I came back with:
Rhubarb Liqueur (going to be FABULOUS with seltzer)
Lime and Cinnamon Apple Sauce
Meyer Lemon Curd (!!!!!)
Caramel Apple Butter
Maple & Coconut Peanut Butter (for Brother Bear, since I'm allergic to peanuts)
Pumpkin Seed Caramels (oh thank you, thank you, whomever was listening to my prayers)
Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup (martini, anyone?)
Chocolate Whiskey Cake
Candied Bacon Fudge
Red Wheat Cinnamon Buns and
Homemade Vanilla and Vanilla Bean Marshmallows.
WHY did no one tell me that homemade marshmallows are THE BEST THING EVER OH MY GOD I MIGHT DIE AND I HAVE SO MANY OF THEM I AM SO EXCITED!
Yeah, I had a good time. Met some great people, tasted some great food, and brought home more for the future. I missed out on things like a homemade chai mix (with a little bit of fennel - divine!), sticky fig jam that would have made Mama Bear swoon, and some truly snazzy professional-looking cupcakes from Cupcake Friday Project, but there's always the next swap! I can't wait to go again.
P.S. Sorry, no pictures, the camera's acting up again.
P.P.S. Suddenly boys? What is this?