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National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

TODAY we celebrate a favorite holiday treat made with peanut butter, it’s the Peanut Butter Fudge.

Who doesn’t love fudge?  Whether it is Chocolate Fudge or Peanut Butter Fudge, it is delicious and loved by everyone who has a sweet tooth.  Today we will talk about Peanut Butter Fudge which is a perfect treat if you love sweet and peanut butter.

Fudge is a type of sugar candy that is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk cooked on the stovetop, heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F, then beating the mixture while it cools so it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.  In texture, this crystallin candy falls in between fondants and hard caramels.

Normally fruits, nuts, chocolate, caramel, candies, sweets, and other flavors are added and today is Peanut Butter. My favorite is caramel and of course peanut butter.  What is your favorite?

Fudge originated in the United States during the late 19th century.  Recipes were printed in many periodicals and advertisements during the 1880s.  Due to the decreasing cost of refined white sugar, fudge became popular, and also because of its ability to make it at home without the use of special equipment and its inexpensiveness.

One of the most important attributes of fudge is its texture. The end-point temperature separates hard caramel from fudge. The higher the peak temperature, the more sugar is dissolved and the more water is evaporated, resulting in a higher sugar-to-water ratio.

In the United States, peanut butter is a popular alternative to chocolate, while in the UK, rum, raisin clotted cream, and toffee are popular. Fudge-making evolved a variety of flavors and additives. The favored flavors vary by place.

So, today, celebrate this day by trying your hand at making a homemade batch to serve as dessert after a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner.  Share on social media a recipe and picture using #PeanutButterFudgeDay.

History Throwback!

TODAY in 1982, Cal beats Stanford as band blocks field

On November 20, 1982, the UC Berkeley football team, referred to as Cal, wins an improbable last-second victory over Stanford when they complete five lateral passes around members of the Cardinals’ marching band, who had wandered onto the field a bit early to celebrate the upset they were sure their team had won and score a touchdown.

After catching the last pass of the series, Cal’s Kevin Moen careened through the confused horn section and made it safely to the end zone. Then he slammed into trombone player Gary Tyrell. (A photograph from the Oakland Tribune of the jubilant Moen and the terrified Tyrell at the moment just before the collision is still displayed triumphantly all over Berkeley.)

Late in the game’s fourth quarter, with Cal leading 19-17, Stanford quarterback John Elway managed to nudge his team down the field and into field goal range with just eight seconds–a crucial few seconds too many, it turned out–left to play. Mark Harmon kicked a 35-yard field goal, and Stanford took a 20-19 lead. The Cardinals flooded the field to celebrate, and the ref ushered them back to the bench and slapped them with a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. As a result, Harmon had to kick off from the 25 with four seconds to play.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cal-beats-stanford-as-band-blocks-field)

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