Advent Calendar: December 18, 2015
From now until Christmas Eve, I will be participating in the 2015 Edition of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories by Thomas MacEntee and the Geneabloggers. If you would like to know more or even join in, please see This Link. I’d like to personally thank Dawn Williams-Kogutkiewicz of Dawning Genealogy for sharing this idea on Genealogy Bloggers.
In addition to Christmas cookies, many families prepared special, once a year treats to share with others. Popcorn balls? Fudge? Carmel corn? What do you remember about these dishes and the activity of making them?
My Memories: My mother often talked about how my grandmother made popcorn balls at Christmas – that was the only Christmas baking she did and they went in their stockings. I tried making them one year – my fingers were burning from trying to handle that hot popcorn-caramel mixture as I formed it into balls. It was my first and last attempt!
I bake many types of cookies for Christmas but it’s the fudge that’s always reached for first on the tray. My mother-in-law made fudge from the recipe on the Hershey can. I had to search out an older can to actually see it printed as I couldn’t find the original recipe anywhere. It wasn’t an easy recipe to learn, but after much practice, I perfected it. It’s the type of recipe that you must learn exactly how the mixture looks and feels like when it’s ready to pour. I learned that look and feel!
My Husband’s Memories: My mother made the best fudge, but she never made it at Christmas, that was for baking cookies. Instead, she made it when the mood happened or often when I started it – then she would finish. It had to be stirred for an exact sixteen minutes – that I could handle – but I never could manage to make it come together at the end. Often she didn’t either and we had to put it back on the heat to cook more. My wife is the one who perfected it and makes it the best. I’ll start it now, but I still can’t finish it – I always call her to pull it together – she knows the look and feel.
Check back soon for a fudge picture, as I have a feeling a batch of fudge will be bubbling on the stove over the weekend…
Here’s a written out of the recipe:
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