National Nutty Fudge Day is a celebration of a delicious western treat.
Fudge consists of combining sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the correct temperature, and then mixing it while it cools to a smooth, creamy consistency. There are many varieties and flavors of fudge, with chocolate being the most popular.
In 1886, a letter was found written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge a Vassar College student in Poughkeepsie, NY about her Baltimore, MD cousin. It referred to a fudge her cousin had made and sold for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge obtained the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.
Soon popularity of these delicious treats rose and in the late 19th Century, shops in Michigan began producing similar products and selling them to summer vacationers. Some of these original shops still sell them!
The holidays origin can most likely be attributed to the public’s love of these tasty snacks, though it is not yet known for certain.