I woke up realizing I only have one week left before returning home from…home. No, I’m not running in circles. In case you missed it, I’m visiting Bosnia. Bosnia is a beautiful country I was born and raised in, the birth country of my daughter too. Bittersweet.
My next trip will be to Germany, my other home. How can I have so many homes? Once you create a personal infrastructure in a new place, you feel at home. You’re at home when you finally have a geography of the soul, as Aleksandar Hamon described in his novel The Book Of My Lives. May I remind you, that was the book we talked about in the show Dinner and a Book. I covered the recipes here.
Having more than one home, regardless of the hardships along the way, is sweet. As sweet as this gourmet Mackinac chocolate butterscotch fudge.
Mackinac Chocolate Butterscotch Fudge
Mackinac Island fudge is famous for its unworldly flavor. There are many varieties, but my personal favorite is chocolate butterscotch. A tradition since the late 19th century, fudge is island’s most popular souvenir.
I had this fudge recipe booklet ever since we visited Mackinac Island the first time, some years ago. I never made any fudge until now, although I had every intent to do just that when I bought it. Out of a dozen recipes, I picked this chocolate butterscotch fudge to be my first ever fudge to make. Granted, I do not have a marble slab to work my fudge on with a paddle like we watched them do it on the island, but it turned out pretty amazing!
The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its many cultural events and its wide variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian Grand Hotel. The island has a ban on almost all motor vehicles. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park. If you have never visited, you should. It’s a great resort and historical area located on the tip of The Mitten State (Michigan).
As it says in the booklet: “Put ‘eat fudge’ at the top of you list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.” Well, I ate so much fudge I think I’ll have to hide this booklet for the next few years. Otherwise, it will be easier to jump over me than to go around me, if you know what I mean.Enjoy the famous, mouthwatering Mackinac fudge from your own kitchen. Easy to make this… Click To Tweet
Makes 36 pieces
1 cup Sugar
1 can (15 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
½ cup Water
6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate (or chocolate chips)
6 oz. Butterscotch flavored Pieces
¼ cup Butter or Margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup chopped Walnuts
In a medium-size heavy saucepan combine the sugar, condensed milk, water, chocolate, and butterscotch pieces. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to soft ball stage (234 degrees F).
Remove from heat. Combine butter and vanilla in mixing bowl. Pour hot mixture into a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer (paddle attachment) at high speed until mixture starts to thicken. Stir in walnuts.
Spread into a greased 9-inch square baking pan. Cool and cut into 1 ½ inch squares.
This recipe is featured at Snickerdoodle Party
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