Wisdom Kitchen

Garden Bin Preschool Craft

Does your family have a recipe that has been passed down for generations? Is there a dish you love that only your grandma makes? What is the dish you look forward to most during the holidays?

This month get out the recipe box, call grandma, visit your aunt, and find a family recipe to cook together. Recreating old memories while making new ones is a wonderful way to pass down wisdom from generation to generation. While cooking, talk about things you’ve learned in your life and how you use that wisdom today. Get the whole family involved.

If you don’t have an old family recipe, no worries. Here is an old fashion fudge recipe to make together as a family. Make this your new family recipe.

Ingredients: Old Fashion Fudge

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts/dried fruit/ bite-size candy/peanut butter (optional)


Start by lining an 8-inch square pan with foil. Then, grease the foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons of butter. This makes it easy to remove the fudge later. Next, in a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt. Stir in the milk until smooth, then bring to a rapid boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Once the mixture boils, insert a candy thermometer into the pan and cook, NO stirring, until the thermometer reads 234°F or soft-ball stage. Remove the mixture from the heat and add vanilla and remaining butter. Be careful that you do NOT stir, though. It’s almost time, but not yet!

Let the mixture cool to 110°F. Then, beat with a spoon until the fudge thickens and just begins to lose its gloss. Now is the time to add nuts or anything else you’d like to add. Immediately spread the mixture into your prepared pan and let cool completely.

Now remove from pan, cut, and serve. Enjoy this old fashion fudge that your family will make for years to come.