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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Oh Fudge! I Baked It!

Sometimes, you just need to give into that moment of weakness, especially when circumstances hit you squarely in the face. That is what happened this past Wednesday. As most of my Wednesdays are accounted for in the month of February, I found it necessary to put Cookbook Wednesdays on the back burner for a while. Thankfully, you “guys” have been terrific about it and for those of you who were all geared up for it, Marjie was more than willing to carry the torch. Thank you all.

This past Wednesday I found myself betwixt and between a few pressing engagements with about two hours to spare for whatever. What a welcome surprise. Of course, with Cookbook Wednesday still fresh in my mind, and knowing it would be starting back up in March, I decided to reorganize some books and pick out a few that I would like to share in the coming weeks. While I was busily trying to reorganize, a small pile of advertising books that I was going to put in a binder tumbled off the dining room table and on to the floor. I tried to catch them midstream but the only one I caught was this Washington Flour Cook Book. Thank goodness I didn’t tear it and the others survived without a blemish:)

Washington Flour Cookbook

Naturally, I had to give it a quick browse before finding a safe place to put it. Right smack in the middle of the book I noticed this recipe for Baked Fudge. (If I had to guess, I'd say this book is from the 1930s)

“Baked

Baked Fudge I thought, "never heard of it." Fudge yes, baked no! Hmmmm I thought, “I think I’ll whip some up right now.” And so I did!

Baked Fudge

It winds up, the Wilkins-Rogers Milling Company is still in business and has been for over 100 years. Not only that, but according to their company history page, they have three mills right here in Pennsylvania!

Wilkins Rogers Mills was established in 1913 in Washington, D.C., when Howard Wilkins and Samuel Rogers purchased a flour mill near the waterfront in Georgetown. This mill produced soft wheat flours and feeds for customers throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area under the “Washington” brand…

In 1972, WRM purchased Spanglers Flour Mill in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Over the years, this mill has been expanded and upgraded, most significantly in 1994 when a second milling unit was added and grain storage was increased. Today, this mill offers its own unique capabilities to provide our customers with a broader array of options, in addition to supporting multi-mill supply chain backup and redundancy.

In 2008, WRM acquired its third mill, the Palmyra Milling Company in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. This mill has two separate milling units which provide extra capacity and flexibility to complement the other two mills.

Funny thing is, I don’t recall seeing their flours in any of the grocery store around here but, I do recall spying a couple of sacks of Indian Head Corn Meal every now and again. It’s one of their products also. They have a nice selection of corn meal recipes on their website for those of you who are interested. In the mean time, I have a fudge story to share:)

So, what do you think of how the Baked Fudge looks ready to go in the oven? Looks a bit like the makings of a fudgy brownie doesn’t it? With the exception of the butter not being at room temperature, it whipped up fairly easily. The only change I made to the recipe was exchanging the vanilla extract for a teaspoon of Kahlúa. (remember Kahlúa Day is February 27th:) Not that I need an excuse:) I figured if I was going to go off my “diet” for Baked Fudge, it needed to have some Kahlúa in it:)

While the Baked Fudge was in the oven, and since I still had a few minutes, I decided to do a quick google search to see if there were any other recipes on line. Wouldn’t you know it, there was at the the Pioneer Woman’s blog. As a matter of fact, it was a Valentine themed recipe she shared in 2009. Many of the other Baked Fudge recipes I stumbled upon were adaptations of her recipe. However, after checking the ingredients and method, I noticed that they were not like the above recipe.

Again, there was an exception, Cleora Butler's Baked Fudge. Not only do I have the recipe for this unique fudge, I also have the book it came from. I considered sharing Cleora’s Kitchens today especially since February is Black History Month, however, this book and her story are so fascinating, they really deserve a post of their own. I will say, her recipe for Baked Fudge was served at The Garden Restaurant in Tulsa Oklahoma until its demise. It was the most requested dessert on the menu. This will be the first book I share for Cookbook Wednesdays in March. Here’a just a nibble:)

“Cleora

How did my Baked Fudge turn out? Not too good I’m afraid. Well, let’s put it this way. As far as I was concerned, it wasn’t worth me breaking my “diet.” Granted, I did get a bit impatient, and I was also in a rush by this time, so I cut it up in to squares “while still warm” as the recipe directed. If you take a look at the recipe way at top, you will notice there are no directions for how long to bake it. The recipe simply states to bake it at 325 degrees “until firm but not brown.” I baked it 35 minutes at 300 degrees because it was baking in a glass dish and I didn’t want to take any chances with it burning. After 35 minutes, I did the toothpick test and it passed so I took it out of the oven. I know it may not look like it, but, any longer in the oven would not have been good.

Baked Fudge

I did leave some of the Baked Fudge in the pan until I got back home. By that time it had firmed up a bit and looked more like something worthy of sinking ones teeth into. It just didn't do it for me. I like my fudge dense and sweet and my brownies fudgy. I guess you could say this was somewhere in between. Marion, btw, loved it! (she has her appetite back, thank goodness:)

Baked Fudge

I won’t be making this Baked Fudge again. Chances are I won’t be baking Cleora Butler’s Baked Fudge either because both have way too much butter in them for my cholesterol watching diet. And anyway, there are a ton of healthier choices out there with the same sweet appeal:) Which reminds me, I want to give a shout out to Gaye, hostess of Laws of the Kitchen. Back in January she shared her thoughts on a Spinach, Feta, and Almond Risotto dish she prepared for Wednesdays with Donna Hay. I was so intrigued by the concept of cooking the risotto in the oven that I gave it a try with my own little twists. It worked like a charm! Thanks Gaye!

Just one more thing, and, it’s an important one! Congratulations to my grandson Noah and his “associate.” They one First Place in the Idaho regional division for their Fitness Hero invention. Next stop, Idaho State Finals! Good Luck Boys!!! (I’m not including the other little boy’s picture without asking his mommy first:)

Just in case you missed February’s Clickable Food Celebration Calendar, it has been moved over to the side bar. If you click it, you will be brought to a full size image of the calendar. You might want to check out today's link. It’ about a Mary Lasswell an author whose humorous novels about life in Southern California and Texas were popular in the 1940's and 50's. There's a recipe for Salsa Brava there too:) Enjoy Louise:)

56 comments:

  1. Good morning Louise ,
    I never heard of baked fudge , Marion liked it , so I bet it was delicious , so happy to hear Marion is eating and feeling better . Now if the weather improve so she can go to a garage sale (giggling) .I found this post most interesting , The recipes do have a lot of butter in them , now the Sand cookies with a pound of butter , we call them short bread cookies here they melts in your mouth .
    I bet you will find time to visit Wilkins-Roger Milling Company , sounds exciting .

    Congrats to Noah and his associate on their fitness invention and good luck to them at Idaho State . They are winners and I know everyone is proud .
    Thanks so much for sharing , stay warm and safe . :) Nee

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    1. Marion is fussy" when it comes to beef but when it comes to dessert, if it's sweet, she love it!!! She even care that it had "booze" in it, lol...We are all very proud of Noah:) Thanks for visiting Nee...

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  2. Congrats to yr grandson. He sure made his grandma proud :)
    Louise I know just the feeling of the moment of weakness especially where choc is concern . Hihihi. Your fudge brownies is to die for...mmm... its 4.30 pm now n I gotta prepare dinner. Catch up w you soon .. xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Jenn:) I have a wacky cake recipe ready and willing to go for when the next chocolate impulse "attacks" Jenn...Thank you so much for stopping. What's for dinner???

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  3. My head is spinning from all those intriguing details... fudge, cornmeal, flour, risotto... common theme I guess is all are baked one way or the other. Happy Sunday!

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    1. I didn't mean to put your head in a spin, Mae. but now that you mention it, yes, everything is baked one way or the other:)

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  4. I loveeeee fudge!! and your grandson is awesome, congrats dear!!
    a big hug to you and Marion!!
    xoxox

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    1. Thanks Gloria! I'm not sure about the cooked fudge though, lol...

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  5. Like you, I've no idea what Baked Fudge is but I'm loving it anyway. Lol! I rarely bake so I get very excited to see fellow bloggers bake. Love this post, Louise.

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    1. I rarely bake too, Shirley. I surely won't be baking this fudge again, lol...

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  6. Dear Louise,
    I am going to comment from the bottom up. Your grandson Noah is so adorable. Congratulations and Good luck to him and his friend. I hope that all their work pays off. Idaho State Finals here they come!...I really like your Risotto with the sliced tomato and the broccoli. Baked, never heard of that..have to check it out. So happy that Marion loved the fudge, but it is ashame that this recipe calls for so much butter. I love the addition to the recipe using some Kahlúa. I love that drink. I know I would be watching it as well. It is funny how hear you thought the fudge would be yummy. Then to make it and not have it tastes like you thought. But I think that is what is so much fun when you find these different recipes books. I would enjoy just trying the recipes. But what I find so amazing is that it kinda fell in your hands...when you were looking through other books. You just had to try the recipe. At least you learned about Wilkins-Rogers Milling Company and they are in Pa. Thank you for sharing your story and about your grandson. Keep us informed as to if he won...Have a blessed Sunday...
    Dottie :)

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    1. Dear Dottie,
      You are so sweet:) Noah is pretty relaxed about the State Finals. My daughter said he was so stressed about the regionals, neither of them could wait until is was over which ever way it went:)

      Marion isn't fussy when it comes to sweets. She didn't even mind the Kahlúa.

      Thank you so much for visiting, Dottie...

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  7. Congrats to Noah! And his associate. ;-) I've never heard of baked fudge -- interesting idea. Too bad it didn't turn out to your satisfaction (although I'm glad to hear Marion enjoyed it and has her appetite back!). I'll have to tell Mrs KR -- she's the fudge maker. Although she's moved on from her microwave fudge to a mixer method (and it tastes even better -- need to get it up on the blog one of these days). I remember the Indian Head brand of corn meal. When I was a kid (living in Philadelphia) I was crazed about anything Indian-related, so that's probably why the package caught my eye. Haven't thought about it (or seen the package) in decades and decades. Many decades. ;-) Anyway, fun post -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John...Noah and his associate have been rehearsing their presentation for days now, lol...The Baked Fudge really did work for me. It was more of a curious experiement anyway. I knew by the ingredients I wouldn't be eating much of it. And, when it comes to sweets, Marion is not fussy!!!

      That's interesting that you were interested in Indian related things. I once had a cookbook with wooden covers that was in the shape of an Indian Headress. Somehow I lost it and a few other "special" cookbooks in the move. I need to see if the cornmeal is still on the shelves here. Thanks so much for visitng, John...

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  8. Congratulations to your grandson. Some recipes just don't turn out the way we expect them. Positive note-Marion like it:)

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    1. Marion isn't the least bit fussy when it comes to sweets, Geraldine:) Thanks for visiting...

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  9. Congrats to your fabulous grandson, you sound so proud :D :D
    Mmm I need your fudge in my life, those close up photos are incredible! My mouth is watering :P

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Go for it, Uru! I'll trade you for that scrumptious frangipane tart of yours!

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  10. There's a tea house here famous for their baked fudge. Sorry it didn't do it for you. Congrats to Noah!

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    1. I read about that tea house in Oklahoma that's famous for it's Baked Fudge, Debra. I do believe it is a rendition of Cleora Butler's recipe. I'll have to check my notes. Thanks for visiting...

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  11. I am sorry the fudge didn't turn out to - it still looks tasty to me. I am loving that risotto! Congrats to your grandson & good luck to him at the State competition.

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    1. Thanks Pam. The State competition is in a couple of weeks. My daughter said the boys are rehearsing their presentation every minute they get. Fingers crossed:)

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  12. Hi, Louise! Congratulations to Noah and his associate and all the best to them at Idaho State!

    I was familiar with Sand cookies as a Scandinavian treat (my husband is half Swedish). Maybe the baked fudge was an old time favourite. I’m sure that a nice scoop of ice cream would go well on it ;-)

    Hope you and Marion will have a great week!! ((hugs))

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    1. A sccop of ice cream heals all things doesn't it Margaret. Now, I'd love some brownies with ice cream but this fudge will not be on my list again, lol...Noah thanks you as do I, lol...thanks for popping by Margaret...

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  13. Hi Louise,
    Reading your post is always very educational and an 'eye opener' to me. I have not seen Bake Fudge in bakeries. Have not tasted it too ...
    Glad that Marion loved it! and congrats to Noah!
    Thanks for your sharing. Oh Cookbooks Wednesday will be back in March?! I'm looking forward to it.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit here, Karen. It was a fun post to do even if I wasn't happy with the fudge, lol...Marion did like it, she likes sweets, lol...And Noah is very excited:)

      I do hope you will be able to join us for Cookbook Wednesdays in March!

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  14. I'm pretty sure I've baked fudge before, but it's probably been in excess of 30 years since I made fudge. Maybe I just cooked and pressed into a glass pan for cooling. But I can picture it in my 8x8 pyrex pan. Anyway, I'm sure your disappointment was tempered by the realization that this wasn't good for you anyway.

    I'm so proud of Noah for doing so well! I wish them a lot of luck. My oldest son competed in Science fairs through middle school and high school, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Plus, it bolstered his confidence in speaking before strangers (not that he was a bashful kid to begin with) and organizing his thoughts into coherent sentences. This is great for Noah and his friend!

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    1. The only fudge I've ever cooked was the kind that went into the pan to cool, Marjie. You might be right though. I may have already made up my mind about the fudge on the ingredient list alone, lol...

      Thanks Marjie! Noah is loving the competition. It's as if he thrives on it. Although, I think Michele wishes it would be over soon. He is contantly practicing his presentation, lol...It has done wonders for his public speaking which in itself is a huge plus!!!

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  15. Dear Louise, It is a shame that the fudge did not turn out the way you expected. I am glad that Marion like it though and that she has her appetite back.
    I don't blame you for not wanting to try again with the recipe. There are so many wonderful recipes to try and if it is not good for your diet then I am sure you will find one more in line with what you want to eat and one that I am sure Marion will enjoy as much.
    Stay well and Keep warm and cozy; I hear there is another storm on the way for the weekend. I think spring is going to feel so welcome!! Blessings dear. xoxo Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      I was glad I tried it because my curiousity got the better of me:) Marion like them, as a matter of fact, they are long gone!!!

      I don't think we are getting as much snow as you "guys" down there. My sisters are bracing themselves. You better do the same. Thanks for visiting, Catherine. Fingers crossed for Noah...

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  16. P. S. Louise, Congratulations to your grandson Noah and his friend. That is a wonderful achievement!! Wishing them all the very best in Idaho.

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  17. It's a shame that you didn't like the baked fudge , I like the look of its crispy top :D Glad that Miss Marion loved it ! Congrats to your grandson and his associate !

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    1. I think the crispy top is from the sugarin the Kahlua, Anne but I'm not sure:) Thanks for visiting, Anne...

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  18. Man oh man I can smell the chocolate coming from your oven! I bet that sweet tasty smell lingered for days ! What a wonderful recipe and I love all your informative facts too! Keep on a baking I can't wait to see what else you're gonna stir up!!

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    1. Now that you mention it, Saimi, I was kinda wishing I could bottle the smell or make it into a candle, lol...Thank you so much for popping by...

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  19. i've definitely never seen eggs in a fudge recipe, but then again, i've never seen baked fudge either! how divine!

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    1. Well, at least I'm not the only one, Grace:)

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  20. Hi Louise, First, Congrats to your grandson for his fitness hero invention! I know what you mean about the butter we are watching our intake here, looks good though, love that you added kahlua. Happy Tuesday to you!! Cheri

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    1. Thanks Cheri. He is quite excited:) I've been avoding it pretty easily Cheri. It just takes a bit of work arounds, lol...

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  21. I have never heard of baked fudge. Sound a bit contradicting but then some of the best things are. Clarice

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    1. I thought it sounded a bit contradicting too, Clarice. Thats why I just had to try it!!!

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  22. Oh wow, congrats to your grandson! That is amazing. Sadly that fudge is not bahahaha! It looks like a brownie from your photos and it doesn't really look that appetising. I'm not familiar with the ingredients for fudge and I'm probably waaaaaay off on this theory and I know zero history about food origins and all but could it be that that recipe was the beginnings of brownies? Maybe with time it was adapted to be more palatable lol? I don't know, I probably sound like a crazy women right now.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  23. Oh Louise...I've said it before....but I am so envious of your cookbook collection! What a unique vintage recipe. I'm sorry it wasn't exactly to your liking....but it looks pretty good to me! I really enjoy reading your posts! : )

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  24. Fudge is a never ending pleasure for the palate. I discovered it for the first time in the UK. It really melts in your mouth.
    I am intrigued by that corn meal flour. I use corn flour often to make polenta. In the UK I cannot find (yet) the stone ground one; that is the best especially if it is unrefined and wholemeal. The refined version is tasteless and it is just like eating semolina!
    Well done to your grandson for his fitness hero invention, a great achievement for a young man.
    All the best! xx


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  25. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind comment. I'm doing well, thanks. Just taking some time off... ;-)

    Strange fudge recipe. I thought it was some kind of brownie... Sorry it didn't turn out great.

    Congratulations to your grandson.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. Hi Louise,

    This is really innovative! I have never seen baked fudge before and I reckon yours is like the super fudgy kind of brownies. Although there is no clear cut instructions about baking these fudge, I'm guessing that you are probably doing it right as you are getting really nice fudgy treats! Yum!

    Before going off... I like to say... Congratulation, Noah! You are awesome! Grandma and her friends (like me) are really proud of you :D

    Zoe

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  27. Hi Louise, first of all my apologies for MIA as have been quite occupied recently. Yeah, happy for your grandson too and congrats!!! Great post on fudge. I have never bake fudge cake before and maybe I should try it one of these days. Happy Valentine's Day to you and family, Louise.

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  28. Congrats to your grandson, Louise!
    Baked fudge is a new one on me. Resembles brownies more than anything else. I often think my SIL's brownie recipe is more like candy...wonder if the recipe is similar? Will check.

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  29. Shame about the fudge - I was so hopeful it would be really dense and fudgy brownie which I love - but maybe it is a recipe that is good for your diet - and your doctor would be pleased that you enjoy the risotto and didn't like the fudge so much - love the look of the broccoli on the risotto - and of course love the smile on your grandson

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  30. Hi Louise,
    Congratulations to Noah and his friend!
    Your fudge looks really nice. Even though you did not really care for it, but it looks good! I never had a baked fudge before! And nice to hear that Marion is having her appetite back. That is good!

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  31. Louise, too bad the fudge didn't turn out the way you expected, I've had that happen more than once. But, the aroma must've been wonderful as it was baking! Noah is a cutie, and congratulations to him on doing a great job with his "associate." Your risotto looks perfect and a good dish for a cold winter day. As always, your post is a pleasure to read, I always learn something new here and this time it was about the Indian Head cornmeal. Have a good weekend!

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  32. Hi Louise, drop by to wish you HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.
    Will be back... busy preparing for our Chinese New Year on the 19th February.

    With hugs and lots of love.
    Amelia

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  33. Yay Noah!!
    The baked fudge seemed a bit like "flour-less" chocolate cake, even tho there was flour in this. I really should be watching my cholesterol too.

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  34. Congrats to Noah and his associate!

    Um... I'm not sure about that baked fudge. I know the Knight would reject it. He's very picky about his fudge. It must have nuts, preferably black walnuts...

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  35. Oh no, baked fudge sounds so good. At least Marion liked it. Congrats to Noah.

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  36. Baked fudge did sound too good to be true! Guess I'll need to figure out what I'm doing wrong with the old Hershey's recipe...

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