Sunday, December 28, 2008

"Ohhhhhh fuuuuddddggggggge." -- Ralphie Parker, A Christmas Story


Let me just take a moment to pay tribute to my favorite holiday treat. I think I don't give it enough credit. In fact, every year I forget how much I love it until the holidays roll around and we are once again reacquainted.

I'm talking about fudge. Oh, dark angel, how you torment me so with your chocolaty goodness. Evil, so very evil. E-vil like the de-vil.

It is a serious weakness of mine. A few years back I overheard my mom say, "It's just really thick frosting, that's all it is." At the time I shook my head at her blasphemy, but the next time I ate it, I realized how very right she was. Which explains my love for it. I also have a deep love for frosting. I have been ridiculed and persecuted for my request for the corner piece of cake with the giant rose on it. I also might have woken up in the middle of the night once and eaten half a container of frosting with a spoon. I might have, no one knows for sure.

So when Christmas comes around and with it the thick, rich, creamy chunk of chocolate heaven, I rejoice. I hadn't had any fudge until I went to my mom's on Christmas day. She sent me home with a fair amount of fudge that may or may not be gone already. I wanted to cry when I realized there was no fudge for breakfast, when my husband made a miraculous discovery. Hidden inside a bag of candy from a friend was the most beautiful sight my eyes had ever beheld: A large square of tin foil, which, upon opening, revealed a perfect block of fudgy bliss. I might have had some a half hour ago at midnight. Or not. I guess we'll never know.

10 comments:

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

I share a lot of that story with you... We made fudge a couple weeks ago, and it was gone pretty quickly...

...then on Christmas Day the neighbors brought a plate of "thick frosting" cubes... Ahh, heaven!

Davis Family said...

Mmmmmm..........Fudge!

marisa said...

you are awesome alicia, thanks for sharing all your truths...or not sharing...i guess we'll never know.

Noelle said...

i love fudge - the good kind. there are bad kinds of fudge. hand over your recipe if you have a good one. i'd like to try it. i guess i'm picky at fudge. picky fudge eater. say that ten times fast. :) thanks for the chuckle. i laughed this whole post. you are a riot.

Dandee said...

You and your brother must be related. He ate an entire 5x5 inch slab stolen from my mother's house this afternoon. I'm not kidding, he stole it. Wrapped it in a paper towel and smuggled it out the door.

Alicia said...

Danyelle, that's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

Shayla said...

I never thought of fudge being just thick frosting. I love the stuff, but am a bit picky about the texture. It needs to be smooth, not sugary or grainy. I have a great recipe for it. Now I know what to take to you when you need a happy pick-me-up...even when it's summer and not technically "fudge-baking-season". :-)

Amy said...

How funny! I, too, absolutely love fudge AND frosting. I may or may not have done those exact same things. No one knows for sure.

meohmyers said...

Oh my gosh, I laughed straight through this post! So funny. You crack me up! So do you have a great fudge recipe or just rely on your mom to make it?

Jodi said...

Hi, my name's Jodi and I'm a fudge lover too! It's the yummiest! I like all kinds. Have you ever tried cream cheese fudge (it's kept in the fridge)?