Okay now, back away from the fudge and nobody will get hurt......
When I married Sweet Man, I knew how to cook 4 things, brownies, scrambled eggs, toast and fudge. My Mother worked outside the home and was always, always in a hurry to cook and be through with it, so I never learned from her. The only thing she taught me to make was fudge. Not the kind with the marshmallow creme and she never used a candy thermometer. She did it by the way the sugar looked and a glass with water for the soft or hard ball stage. At Christmas time I make chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, burnt sugar fudge, rocky road fudge and caramel pecan (turtle) fudge.
not my photo but sure looks good
Needless to say, I had to learn to cook because you can't live on brownies and fudge for ever with only a side of toast and eggs. So SM became my teacher. He is the oldest of 8 kids, worked in food service in the hospital and institutional (assembly plants, etc) settings. Of course his recipes were for oh........500 people sometimes, conversion is not easy when it's only 2 people eating. But through all this, I learned to read recipes, experiment with spices, taught myself what would go with what and so after almost 40 years of cooking and baking I feel pretty okay about what comes out of the kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I really rock it when it comes to candy making. Sweet Man likes my divinity but I only fix that for his birthday. Shelley likes peanut butter fudge best. The kids.....well whatever is on the platter but they kinda like the chocolate covered cherry bites. And my favorite is not fudge at all but pralines.
And in order to be ready, I need to start the great candy caper tomorrow.