Are you at the point where you are saying, "Oh fudge! I'm not going to get my Christmas candy made?" If so, there is help for you.
Julie Baker has the most scrumptious recipe for fudge and better yet, she'll make it for you and even box it up.
"I got this recipe 20 years ago from a friend in Minneapolis," said the Alta woman. "It is the melt in your mouth, creamy kind of fudge. And it is sinfully fattening."
Julie has always enjoyed the flavor of her fudge and made a batch last year to let friends sample. They, too, enjoyed the flavor and said if it was for sale, they'd buy it. So she worked out a system - she figured out that one batch makes six one-pound chunks. She also found that the mini loaf pans work the best to put the fudge in to let it set up. And she began selling it in nice little gift boxes.
"When people eat this fudge they say, 'This tastes like the real thing' or 'It tastes like what my grandma used to make.'" That is quite a compliment. Everyone likes their grandma's cooking.
Julie ended up selling 100 pounds of the homemade chocolate last holiday season and this season she has set the goal of selling 200 pounds.
Julie has plain fudge ($7.50 per pound) and fudge with walnuts ($8 per pound) available. The orders have been coming in and she is able to get them filled within a day or two. She does keep three of each kind on hand for those who are having a chocolate attack or for those wanting a last minute gift. She does guarantee its freshness.
She has sold anywhere from one pound to 12 pounds at one time.
Julie commented that her best customers last year were men. Many of their wives came up to her later, she laughed, urging her not to sell anymore of the rich chocolate to their husbands because they ate the whole pound in one night! (And didn't share!) See women aren't the only ones that are chocoholics!
"It is easy to eat it all in one night," she admitted.
Julie is prepared to make up several more batches of the fudge before Christmas so if you haven't gotten your order in yet, it's not too late.
Call her at 200-2968. Leave a message if she is not at home and she will get your order ready for you.
And when your candy has all been consumed and all that's left is the empty gift box, you will for sure be saying, "Oh, fudge! It's gone" and want more.