National Fudge Day

Fudge is a candy that people have been enjoying since the 19th century. It’s a candy that can be found in many different shapes and many different flavors—including chocolate, peanut butter, and maple nut varieties. It’s also a food that has earned itself its own holiday, a holiday called National Fudge Day. This holiday falls on the 16th of June annually and is the perfect excuse for you to pick up your favorite flavor of fudge and enjoy it by yourself or with friends and family members.

The History of Fudge

The word fudge actually predated the actual candy as it’s known in its current form. Before the 19th century, the word “fudge” was used to mean nonsense, or as a kid-safe cuss word. It was also used to mean to mislead or to conceal the truth—meanings that are still used to this day. However, the modern form of fudge wouldn’t be invented until the middle of the 19th century.

According to culinary lore, a Baltimore, Maryland confectioner and chocolate maker “fudged” a batch of French caramels that he was making on Valentine’s Day of 1886. The result is the fudge that we all know and appreciate to this day.

As to why the holiday that honors fudge falls on June 16th, we aren’t quite sure as we were unable to find the origin of this holiday or even when the holiday was first observed. We’ll keep searching for its origins, but we’re afraid that we may never find this holiday’s origin.

Sweet Facts About Fudge

We’ve come across some interesting facts about fudge, so we decided to share them with everyone reading about National Fudge Day. We think that most people will find the following fudge facts to be a sweet addition to what they already know about this confection.

  • Another fudge origin story suggests that fudge was created as the result of a failed toffee-making class by a college lecturer in Virginia.
  • The Northwest Fudge Factory in Levack, Canada, made the largest slab of fudge ever recorded before 2010. It weighed approximately 5,760 pounds, and they made it on October 23, 2010.
  • The first fudge that was sold was to a Baltimore grocery store in 1886. This fudge cost approximately 40 cents a pound.

Observing National Fudge Day

National Fudge Day can be observed by either making your own fudge or by picking up some fudge from your favorite confectioner. It’s a good day to try fudge in one of its many forms and to share that fudge with friends and family members. While you’re enjoying the sweet pleasures of this holiday, be sure to post on social media using the hashtag #NationalFudgeDay. Let’s spread the word about this delicious holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 16 Sunday
Next year (2025)
June 16 Monday
Last year (2023)
June 16 Friday
Food & Drinks