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July 22nd is National Penuche Day
you're looking for something to do today then hold onto your sweet
tooth because it's National Penuche Day! If you like fudge and/or
caramel then you're going to love and/or enjoy today! Let's get
right into celebrating National Penuche Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, let's put it this way... we all know why most food
holidays are set up, right? But think about it... how many people do
you know who love eating fudge? Probably a good amount of people,
right? Now how many people do you know who love the taste of caramel?
Probably an even larger amount of people, huh? Now combine those two
groups and you'll have well over half of the people you know. And that
should give you a good idea as to why people want to celebrate this
sweet treat! That's right; penuche is a type of fudge that tastes
a lot like caramel. And the reason for that flavor is because you
caramelize the brown sugar as you're heating it up to the "soft ball"
stage, which is about 234 to 240 degrees. Without reaching this
temperature, your penuche wouldn't form completely into fudge when you
cooled it down. And it's also called a fudge because you let it cool
down until it's lukewarm before you add in the flavoring and possibly
some nuts. Then you whip it up and pour it into a dish to be cooled
completely and then chopped into bite-sized chunks.
recipes will be made from butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla
extract. The ingredients may sway a little toward some additional
sweetness from regular sugar or corn syrup and you might even end up
using heavy whipping cream. Plus, you can add a little something
special by adding in walnuts or pecans. But either way it ends up as a
light brown fudge that is sure to please your tongue. Are you
ready to try some out?
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, if you have a fudge
shop near you or even a candy store that makes their own goods then you
might be in luck! Head on over there and ask for penuche by name and
they might have a fresh batch waiting there just for you. They may even
have a few different varieties of it, so you might end up coming home
with a whole box full. Like that's a bad thing, right? ;) But
hey, if you love cooking then you can easily whip this up yourself. I
would recommend that you first be sure that you have a candy
thermometer, so you can ensure that you get your ingredients to the
right temperature. Then you can get everything else your recipe calls
for and start whipping it together. The only hard thing about making
your own penuche is waiting. You'll have to wait a while until it hits
the right temperature. Then you'll have to wait for it to cool back
down as it sits untouched in your pan. Then you have to cool it down
even more so that it gets solid and you can cut it into chunks.
But it is well worth the wait! And as you're waiting you can
invite a bunch of people over to help you chomp on your penuche if you
want too. But if people come over before it's done cooling down, then
go ahead and whip up another batch with slightly different ingredients
if you want. Use vanilla almond milk, peanuts or anything else you can
think of that might be a nice twist to a penuche recipe. Have fun
with it and enjoy the sweetness!