Saturday, October 30, 2010

Grandma Betty

 Last night we found out that my Grandma Betty died in a car accident.  We are in shock and we are grieving our loss.  She was always a mother and a homemaker.  She was my calm in a storm.  She and my grandpa were my stability during my parent's divorce.  She loved me like no other.  Last year, I did a post on how to make her fudge and I am going to re-post it here because I just like to remember it.  She was so hospitable.  You could walk into her house day or night and she would fix you something to eat.  You always felt at home with her and that is an amazing gift that she had.  She was also a Christian, therefore, I do not "grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." (I Thess. 4:13).  I am so thankful for that.  It makes this whole thing just a little bit easier.

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Re-posted from last year:  Tonight I asked my Grandma to walk me through how to make her fudge.  It immediately brought back very good memories.  This is why I wanted to share the recipe with you.  Mind you my grandma RARELY measures anything, but she did actually have measurements for me tonight.  She wasn't sure about the amount of cocoa but it worked out fine.  I do realize this is my second week in a row with giving a Grandma Betty recipe, but I want to have them written down before she forgets what is in them.  The evening started with her playing with my son.

Then we started making the fudge.

3 cups of sugar
1 cup of milk (we used whole milk)
1/3 cup of cocoa (we used 1/4th and thought it needed just a touch more)
1 stick of butter
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt
Mix cocoa and sugar in saucepan, pour in milk.  Sprinkle the dash of salt.  Heat mixture until boiling then turn down to medium low.

Boil for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Test fudge by dropping a few drops into a glass of water.  If it "balls" up then it is almost done.  You could also drop it in and then empty the water glass and touch the fudge and see if it is semi hard.  If it is, you are good to go.  Add the vanilla - it will bubble up.

Remove saucepan from heat and beat in the stick of butter.  My grandma says you have to beat it until it is solid and barely still pourable.  When you get to that point the fudge will be very thick and starting to harden.  I tried to take a better picture of this happening but my grandma was yelling at me to put the camera down and stir or the fudge wouldn't turn out.

Quickly pour this into a greased 8 x 8 pan and allow the fudge to cool completely.  Cut into pieces and enjoy!


  1. Thanks for sharing Gret. That last picture is something I've seen many times with Aunt Betty. I loved going to her house because there was always food. If you wanted something, she would cook it. We loved the junk food we ate. she was the best.

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a great blessing your grandma was in your life. I've been looking for a fudge recipe. My mom asks me to make some every year, and it never seems to taste quite right.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Your grandmother was a great woman. Y'all are in my prayers.

  4. We were shocked when we heard about your grandmother last night. We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers. With much love, Bruce, Kim and kids

  5. I am praying for you and your family. That is tragic but at least you know you will see her again. I am here if you need me.

  6. I am thankful that you can grieve with hope. So very sorry you are grieving. Praying for your family.

  7. Oh, I am so sorry. She looks like she was a wonderful woman.


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