|Photo from Maple Syrup World|
She gave this fudge frequently as a gift-- to everyone from doctors to piano teachers -- and people greatly appreciated its creaminess (it contains 2 cups of cream!) and true maple flavor achieved by using a dark grade of maple syrup. This very rich fudge was always cut in very small pieces --perhaps an inch square. We kids were often treated to corner pieces and trimmings -- and, truthfully, that was fine with me. This is a delicious fudge but it is very sweet. I have always preferred chocolate fudge to maple.
(Incidentally, since I have no photos of the maple fudge, I went looking on line. The photo and link at the top of the page will take you to a maple fudge recipe that does not contain white sugar -- only pure maple syrup, butter, cream, and nuts which are optional. Might be worth a try! I chose this particular photo because it resembled my mother's fudge more closely than others I found.)
As I've been cleaning out at my parents' home, I have been finding so many notes of appreciation from folks she made this candy for. Here's one of them:
Notice that Winifred says, "Seems as if the candy was the best you ever made. I follow your directions but mine is never as creamy as yours. Mine is amateur and yours professional." What an accolade!
Winifred was an elderly lady who lived at a bit of a distance. My mother apparently at some point even made some fudge specifically for this lady to give away. I imagine all that stirring would have been a bit much for an older lady to tackle. Winifred wrote in another note, "What a wonderful thing for you to make all that candy for me. A real life saver. I never expected anything like that."
Then Winifred writes more about one of her own experiences with making the fudge:
"Mine tastes good but isn't creamy and fine grain like yours. To begin with I hunted half a day for your recipe, then I measured the whole amount in the pressure cooker. [My mother always used the very heavy pressure-cooker saucepan to make her fudge in, but she did not cook it under pressure!] I have never had good luck only when I made half the amount. The phone rang twice and I had to turn off the stove. It boiled over once, and besides I got too tired." Poor Winifred! This is why I never have tried making that fudge.
Believe it or not, there is yet more fan mail for my mother's maple fudge -- but I will share that with you all another day.