National Fudge Day

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Hello there, sweet tooth enthusiasts! Buckle up because we’re about to embark on a tantalizing tour de fudge in celebration of National Fudge Day. Can you think of anything more comforting than a velvety piece of luscious fudge melting in your mouth? We didn't think so either!

When is Fudge Day?

It's national fudge day on the 16th June.

A Sweeter History Than the Treat Itself - National Fudge Day

Noted in our archives are an impressive 4392 mentions of National Fudge Day, with the biggest sugar rush occurring on June 16, 2015. It seems that this is the day when fudge lovers really unite and let their sweet tooth flags fly high by sharing, gifting, and most importantly, savoring this heavenly delight.

Fudgy Traditions Worth Sinking Your Teeth Into

Although fudge found its heavenly fame in America, you'd be fascinated to know that it was actually an oh-so-sweet mistake. Yes, you heard it right! Fudge was born when a confectioner goofed while trying to create hard caramel - but we're certainly not complaining. This delicious error is joyfully celebrated throughout America (and the internet), with families and friends sharing their secret fudge recipes, collaborating on fudge making challenges, or even competing in friendly neighborhood fudge-offs.

Why Fudge Deserves Its Own Day

Now, you might be asking yourself - why does fudge get its own special day? Apart from being an irreplaceably delight, fudge brings joy, laughter, and togetherness. It holds a special place in our hearts (and our dessert menus) and therefore, deserves its day under the sun. So here's to the sweetest day of the year, National Fudge Day, may your day be filled with rich, creamy, homemade, or store-bought fudge!

History behind the term 'Fudge'


The birth of the term 'fudge'

In 1886, the term 'fudge' was coined when a college student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, attempted to make caramel. However, due to a mistake in the recipe, the mixture did not solidify and turned into a soft, creamy consistency. The student exclaimed, 'Oh, fudge!' and thus, the term 'fudge' was born.


Fudge gains popularity as a confectionery treat

By 1888, 'fudge' had gained popularity as a delightful confectionery treat. The original recipe made its way to other college campuses and soon became a sensation. Students began experimenting with different variations, adding ingredients like nuts, marshmallows, and chocolate, to create unique flavors of fudge.

Late 19th century

Fudge becomes a popular homemade delicacy

During the late 19th century, fudge became a beloved homemade delicacy. Recipes for fudge started appearing in cookbooks and magazines, allowing people to recreate this sweet treat in their own homes. The simplicity of the recipe, requiring just a few basic ingredients, made fudge a popular choice for home cooks and confectioners alike.

Early 20th century

Fudge production expands commercially

With the increasing demand for fudge, commercial production began in the early 20th century. Candy shops and confectioneries started producing and selling fudge to meet the growing appetite for this delectable treat. Fudge quickly became a staple at county fairs, carnivals, and other festive events, solidifying its place in popular confectionery culture.

Present day

Fudge continues to be a beloved confection

Today, fudge remains a cherished and indulgent confection enjoyed by people of all ages. The versatility of fudge flavors has expanded even further, with unique combinations like salted caramel, cookies and cream, and peanut butter chocolate gaining popularity. Whether it's enjoyed as a homemade treat or purchased from a confectionery shop, fudge remains a classic and beloved dessert.

Did you know?

Did you know that Mackinac Island in Michigan is considered the fudge capital of the U.S.? They have been making fudge since the late 19th century and continue to enthrall visitors with their delicious fudge.


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First identified

20th April 2015

Most mentioned on

16th June 2015

Total mentions


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