WASP fudge?!


(The title comes from QI. This recipe does not from QI. Nor does it contain wasps, though might cause anaphylaxis in some.)

So, the McLeod family is semi-famous for this fudge recipe which my mother would make for her best friend (whom we’re seeing tonight – we have a bit of a complicated relationship these days, so I am hoping she will accept fudge as a peace offering) and, well, pretty much everyone we knew/ow who doesn’t have a peanut allergy.

I offered this as a Holidailies treat a few years ago, so this is a bit of a cop-out, but I want to share the love with as many people as possible in tribute to my mum.

Suzan McLeod’s Ribbon Fudge
(origins unknown)

  • 3 cups of white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 evaporated milk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1/8 cup whipping cream)
  • 6 oz chocolate chips
  • 7 oz marshmallow fluff (a jar is 7.5oz, but some of the goo just won’t come off the sides)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter


  1. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan with butter or margarine.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 6T of butter (margarine), 1/3 cup of milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to a full boil stirring constantly.
  3. Continue boiling for 4 minutes. Keep stirring or it will scorch. This is not good.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate until it’s melted, then add half of the marshmallow fluff and the vanilla¬† Stir until well-blended.
  5. Pour and spread into the pan as evenly as possible.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 4, but with peanut butter instead of chocolate chips, and without adding vanilla. (I don’t bother to clean the saucepan in between times)
  7. Spread peanut butter mixture over chocolate layer.
  8. Cool at room temperature.
  9. While the fudge is cooling, scrape the saucepan clean with a rubber spatula, applying the fudge detritus to face in unladylike fashion. (Seriously, this is my favourite bowl/pot-scraping recipe of all.)

I actually failed, twice, at making this year, but my brother is a fucking guru at making this despite not being a master in the kitchen generally. I think making this in a hurry while watching Fry & Laurie might be to blame for my disastrous attempt this time. (Last time, I forgot halfway through that I wasn’t making a double batch. Doh.)

I’m off to ice some chocolate gingerbread, then heading to the country for an annual holiday party with the aforementioned Mum’s Best Friend’s Family. I got to shop for toys yesterday for the first time since last year, which was fun. Maybe I’ll write about that tomorrow.

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