The flat land of North Dakota possesses a beauty in its seemingly never-ending expanse that allows a person to see this
country unbroken by the intrusion of man. Yet, there is a beauty in the hills and valleys of the land found in other areas of our country. Like the land of this country, life is not always smooth. There are hills and valleys which provide a beauty to this life of ours when we choose to enjoy the view. Fudge is like the land of this country. It has hills, valleys, and flat areas and it is all beautiful if you choose to see the beauty in it.
This post is about the fudge I make which is beautiful despite the fact it is not formed into perfectly shaped pieces ready for their close-up.
One night, I had a craving for peanut butter fudge. As a child, copious amounts of peanut butter fudge were made in my mother’s kitchen. That fudge contained peanut butter, corn syrup, and other now-forgotten ingredients. I knew I needed a recipe, but could initially only locate recipes with chocolate in the mix. Not that there is anything wrong with chocolate. Purists would argue fudge must contain chocolate. Nonsense I say! Yet, I yielded to a peanut butter chocolate combination.
After a bit of a search, I located the How Sweet It Is recipe which I deemed perfect: 3 ingredients and the use of the microwave.
After making, eating, and enjoying the first batch of fudge, I opted to make a second batch. The strange thing occurred in the grocery store isle. I saw a large display of Herr’s Extra Thin Pretzels at the end of an aisle. I would put pretzels into the fudge! Into my cart went a bag of pretzels.
A few days later, with the fudge ingredients in an old Pyrex mixing bowl and already in the microwave, I was crushing pretzels. These crushed pretzels were added to the warm fudge mixture, stirred and were ready to be place into a pan to cool.
After a thirty minute period in the refrigerator the fudge was set and I was hungry. One taste and I was a happy. I trotted to bed knowing peanut butter pretzel fudge wait for me. The next day a coworker confirmed the fudge was good and asked for the recipe (another confirmation). I had a winner. I suggest keeping the ingredients on hand so you can make the fudge whenever you want. Consider making a batch to give as a gift. Maybe a gift to a particular blogger. I can send you my address. Here’s the recipe.