Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge

While the country is preparing for the upcoming election, the cook in the tea room has been preparing for our upcoming Presidential Afternoon Tea Party. Held every four years to coincide with the election, this year we are pleased to welcome 'First Lady Mamie Eisenhower' as portrayed by Ruthmary McIllhenny of Gettysburg. Since Mamie is famous for her Million Dollar Fudge, that will be on the menu for our event. This old newspaper clipping has been in our file for years, alas there is no date on the paper, but since Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was in office from 1953 - 1961, I'll assume it was printed during that time and clipped and saved by our mother. 

There are several versions of the recipe, but this one seems to be the accepted one. Fairly easy to mix together, it produces a sweet creamy old-fashioned fudge that satisfies the sweet tooth. And how did it get its name? Well no one is quite sure, but the story goes that when President Eisenhower came a-courting, he tasted Mamie's delicious fudge and declared it million dollar fudge.

Recipe note: the recipe calls for 1 pint (2 jars) of marshmallow cream. I used 1-1/2 jars of the 7 oz. marshmallow fluff and had success.

1 comment:

relevanttealeaf said...

I have the Million Dollar Fudge recipe too and it's yummy! It's rather ironic that Mamie is known for her fudge since cooking wasn't her forte. I did a program on her once and found her very fascinating. I'd love to hear the presentation at your tearoom.