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BONKERS BORDEAUX FUDGE RECIPE
SKAARUP'S BONKERS BORDEAUX FUDGE
© 1997 T. P. Skaarup, original recipe. May be copied unaltered. All
This recipe is a "Lunatic Fudge" variation of Opera Fudge
(Bordeaux Fudge). This recipe is the backbone for all my non-chip
1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk (or small 5 ounce can)
6-7 ounces Marshmallow Creme or Marshmallow Fluff
(may substitute 2 cups of mini-marshmallows)
1 cup nuts (optional; walnuts, almonds or pecans)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil and set aside. Set
butter aside to warm.
Heat milk at medium setting until warm then add sugar and salt.
Bring to a rolling boil (medium-high) while stirring constantly with a
wooden spoon. Add Marshmallow Creme. Bring back to a boil for 5
full minutes by the clock (start timing once the boil resumes).
The mixture will start to turn brown during the boil. If you get brown
flakes in the mixture then turn down the heat a little.
Remove from heat and add vanilla, butter, salt, and nuts; mix
thoroughly and pour into prepared pan. Cool at room temperature.
Remove from pan, remove foil, cut into squares.
Opera Fudge (Bordeaux) was one of the first Fudge Recipes in the
world. Fudge, an American Invention, was created in the mid-late
1800's in Women's Colleges. "Vassar Fudge," "Wellesly Fudge,"
and others were popular. The addition of melted chocolate was
what totally changed everything and was the origin of all modern
flavored fudges. This recipe is my original "lunatic" variation of
Opera Fudge. I hope you like it.
A SOLID BACKBONE:
This recipe acts as the backbone of all kinds of non-chocolate
based fudges. Reduce the vanilla extract and add maple extract
and you have Maple Fudge. Add Rum Extract + Raisins and you
have Rum-Raisin Fudge. This recipe is light and sweet and will
accept almost any flavor you give it.
Experiment with flavors available at the turn of the century... add 2
cups of ground almonds... add 2 cups dried fruits and nuts... taste
the confection your great grandparents used to eat!
Since this recipe will take up almost any flavor you can go wild. For
example, try the following variation: omit vanilla extract, add 1 tsp
lemon extract, zest from 2 lemons, and add 1/2 package of Kool-
Aid? Kiwi-Lime mix... voila! Kiwi-Lime Opera Fudge. The WILD
variations are endless.
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