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Sep 11, 2002 02:25 PM

OT, but Food Related Story..."Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Fudge"

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At a family get together this weekend, my brother, his wife, and I were reminiscing about going to Baltimore County schools during the 1960s and 1970s. What we all remembered most about the food was how much we each loved the peanut butter fudge that was served then and there. It was thick, a little texture, and rich beyond belief!

In school, I used to trade all my food for pieces of fudge, and my brother would buy five at a time. No fudge since equals it, the stuff they serve at the Harborplace fudge outlet is no where near the same. My brother has searched for years, in websites, tried recipe books, but cannot come up with the same taste.

Well, I went on the net, to a couple of Baltimore forums, and discovered from another PBF lover that the secret of the recipe was mashed potatoes! (Who’da thunk it?) Another secret turned out to be that it was not cooked. Evidently, there is a whole category of fudge from mashed potatoes.

Then, on an Ask Jeeves search, I found the recipe.

Peanut Butter--Mashed Potato Mystery Fudge

2/3 cup cold mashed potatoes (without milk or seasoning added)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
Grease a 2"x8"x2" pan.
Mix potatoes with peanut butter and salt. Gradually stir in sugar, mixing well. Press into pan.
Let stand until firm, then cut.

Later that night, I got a call from my brother, who had taken the recipe and made a pan of it. His whole family was bouncing off the walls, probably from elevated blood sugar levels, but nonetheless quite happy. He could not have been more pleased had he won a free trip. I have made the fudge, and the problem is that it is like having drugs in the house. It sits in the fridge and calls me, calls can only be made in small batches if you don’t want to put on the pounds.

When you consider that we longed in vain for 35--40 years, yet still remembered, it is a fun story.

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  1. Though I grew up on Long Island, we had a peanut butter fudge with a chocolate icing on top that caused the same reaction (I'll trade ya').

    Can't wait to try this recipe.


    1. what a terrific story -- thanks for letting us in on the fun, and the recipe too!

      i went to high school in carroll county and they used to sell the best chocolate chip cookies in the cafeteria -- they were huge, one was the same price as the depressing hot lunch, so that's what i usually ate! no chocolate chip cookie has ever come close since...oh, the chewiness! oh the buttery flavor!

      but i'd be terrified to have that recipe in the house these days -- i'd soon be unable to fit through the front door!


      1. Wow, I forgot all about that stuff.

        We used to make a variation of it at home when I was in grade school. We called it potato candy and the ingredients appear identical, but the preparation was slightly different. We mixed the potatoes and sugar, rolled the mixture flat with a rolling pin, then coated with peanut butter, and rolled the concoction up like a swiss roll. Put in the fridge and then sliced off pieces to eat.

        Thanks for bringing me a smile and reminding me of some great childhood memories.

        1. This is funny to me....I work at a Baltimore radio station, and brought this up one time a few years back. SO many people called and emailed (the server even went down because of overload!) remembering about this fantastic fudge. Many people emailed the recipe to me, but it was a bit different than the one you posted (but, still yummy!). I will have to pass this one along to all my listeners!

          Can't wait to try this one!

          1. Thats a lot like irish potato candy. except they roll it like a jelly roll.