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Penuche Day Is The Best Day

There's a Day for everything, so I shouldn't be so surprised to learn that today is Penuche Fudge Day. I only wish I'd known in advance so I could have ordered some.


Anyway! Do you know penuche? It's a type of fudge made with brown sugar, and in some parts of New England maple syrup, that has a strong caramel (or maple, if the syrup of the Gods has been used) to it. Growing up it was my favorite flavor of fudge, procured at Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie during Hallowe'en excursions and/or school field trips to Salem. In my younger years, I had no earthly idear that penuche was a New England thing which actually if I'm being really honest I didn't know about until, like, two years ago. Whoops. That New England provincialism strikes again! (See also: Steak tips.)

I also didn't know that this particular fudge is closely associated with another set of institutions I hold dear: The Seven Sisters. An excerpt from Oh, Fudge!: A Celebration of America's Favorite Candy (oh my God that title!) explains the Seven Sisters connection thusly, "Historically this fudge has been known as Smith College Fudge although the Wellesley girls were actually the ones to call their fudge penuchi." Catfight! (The Barnard girls will be off to the side, smoking cigarettes and looking on disdainfully.)

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