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Easy as fudge, in fact:
coconut, chocolate, and lavender fudges
I made four kinds of fudge and three kinds of caramels over the weekend, but one batch failed, so I wound up with six kinds. Let’s start with the fudges:
lemon lavender white chocolate fudge
coconut tequila lime fudge
coconut almond fudge
chocolate macadamia fudge
And then there were the salted lavender caramels:
salted lavender caramels
And the cranberry-orange caramels:
cranberry orange caramels
Those still have the transfer sheets on them, which is why they look suspiciously square on top. Later I peeled off the sheets, inspected the finished chocolates, and banished the substandard ones. They wound up making my coworkers very happy:
“seconds”, mere moments before the hungry coworkers ate them all
I’m not sure what the total was yet, but each box weighed 1700-2000 grams, so multiplying by 6 gives at least 10 kg of caramels and fudge – probably more like 25 pounds! But that was the easy part. The complicated, difficult chocolates are yet to come.
What’s on tap for the rest of the week? Social engagements mostly: my critique partner Tuesday, a guild meeting Thursday, and Friday is a very special day: it marks the 1-year anniversary of the SkySat-1 launch! Yep, my company launched its first satellite a year ago Friday. How the time’s flown! The Skybox division is having a party to celebrate. I’m looking forward to it!
But I also have dreams of making yuzu marmalade. I know it’s crazy with chocolate season in full swing, but yuzu (a citrus fruit with a floral, fruity fragrance) are hard to find, and I managed to find some at the local farmer’s market. I don’t know how long the season will last, either…so I’m going to try making yuzu marmalade either this week or this weekend. Heaven only knows where I’ll find the time, but I’ve said that before…
The cats, by the way, are fascinated by the chocolate. Or, more accurately, by the many chocolate bags and boxes. Here is Tigress, exploring the marvelous possibilities in an empty box of cocoa…I’m amazed she fit into it, but she (clever kitty that she is) managed it!
Tigress in a cocoa box