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National Penuche Fudge Day
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National Penuche Fudge Day – July 22, 2024

National Penuche Fudge Day is on July 22 in the United States. Ever wondered what penuche means? Penuche is a type of fudge made with butter, milk, and brown sugar and flavored lightly with vanilla. Penuche fudge has a lighter texture than regular fudge. An easy way to distinguish penuche fudge from regular fudge is by its color — penuche fudge often has a tannish color due to the caramelization of the brown sugar. Penuche fudge does not require too many ingredients and is quite easy to make. The fudge is best enjoyed with a steaming hot cup of coffee.

History of National Penuche Fudge Day

Penuche fudge is a popular dish in New England and some places in the American South, though in the latter it is known as brown sugar fudge candy. In Hawaii, penuche is known as ‘panocha’ or ‘panuche.’ ‘Sucre à la crème’ is a similar confection that is traditionally prepared and widely consumed during the winter holiday season in Quebec. Making penuche fudge is actually quite easy. The process starts with mixing brown sugar, butter, and milk. The mix is then heated and set aside to cool. When the mixture cools down a bit, flavorings (such as nuts, vanilla, or maple syrup) are added. The mixture is whipped until thick and poured into a pan. A few hours are set aside for the penuche to be cooled. Finally, the fudge is cut into squares before serving. Unlike regular fudge, penuche fudge is never flavored with chocolate or similar strong flavorings. Its taste is exclusively derived from brown sugar, which is the key to its unique flavor. Nuts such as pecans may be added for texture.

Of course, National Penuche Fudge Day is the day to try out innovative penuche fudge recipes. You can add walnuts, cashews, or almonds to your fudge for an extra pop of flavor. If you would like to savor a creamy penuche fudge, remove nuts from the recipe. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can add light flavorings like butterscotch to your penuche fudge! Whether it is store-bought or homemade, you can hardly go wrong with penuche fudge! Savor each bite and don’t forget to share it with a friend.

National Penuche Fudge Day timeline

16th Century
Discovery of Pecans

Spanish explorers discover pecans in modern-day America and Mexico.

Sugar Cubes

Jakub Kryštof Rad invents sugar cubes in Sweden.

Butter Arrives in the U.S.

The first butter factories appear in the United States.

Late 19th Century
The First Fudge

Fudge originates in the U.S.

National Penuche Fudge Day FAQs

What is the difference between penuche and fudge?

Penuche is a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and milk, using no flavorings except for vanilla. Penuche often has a tannish color and is lighter than regular fudge. 

Why should you not refrigerate fudge?

Do not refrigerate your fudge! Refrigeration makes the fudge dry out quicker and possibly causes it to pick up other scents from inside the fridge. 

What food is celebrated on July 22?

On July 22, we celebrate National Penuche Fudge Day.

How to celebrate National Penuche Fudge Day

  1. Treat yourself

    You can’t not treat yourself to penuche fudge on National Penuche Fudge Day! Settle in with your favorite book, a hot cup of coffee, and a piece of penuche fudge for a truly indulgent experience.

  2. Try a new recipe

    You don’t have to limit yourself to the traditional penuche fudge recipe. Today is the day to try your hand at making more exciting variations of the fudge — add your favorite nuts, flavorings, and toppings!

  3. Share with your friends

    Treat your friends and colleagues to penuche fudge today! Carry it with you to work and see how the fudge tastes way better when it's shared with your loved ones.

5 Facts About Sugar That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. It’s one of the world's oldest ingredients

    The people of New Guinea domesticated sugar cane around 8000 B.C.

  2. Sugar causes wrinkles

    Excess blood sugar binds to collagen to reduce skin elasticity.

  3. Sugar can be addictive

    Studies claim that sugar is as addictive as cocaine.

  4. Indians love their sugar

    India is the biggest consumer of sugar in the world.

  5. Sugar was very expensive

    In 16th-century London, a teaspoon of sugar cost about five dollars.

Why we love National Penuche Fudge Day

  1. A day to treat yourself

    National Penuche Fudge Day is the day to treat yourself to this delicious confection. Any day that lets you indulge in a delicious sweet is worth celebrating.

  2. It brings people together

    Penuche fudge tastes better when you share it with your friends. Make a day out of it and enjoy the delicious treat with your loved ones.

  3. You can try new recipes

    On National Penuche Fudge Day you can try out your own variation of the penuche day. Create new recipes by adding your choice of nuts, flavorings, and sweeteners.

National Penuche Fudge Day dates

2024July 22Monday
2025July 22Tuesday
2026July 22Wednesday
2027July 22Thursday
2028July 22Saturday

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