Holiday Recipes: “ROSE FARM ROAD” FUDGE!

IMG_2109Good Morning! I know it’s crunch time to Christmas to get your baking  done so, you are going to see more posts than usual from me this week, as I share some of my favorite Holiday recipes.

This morning I am sharing my absolute favorite fudge recipe that I got from a woman whom I’ve never even met.  But she signed the email with the recipe as “Kelly”.  I used to work with a guy named Sean 10 years ago…and in fact, I don’t remember Sean’s last name even. It doesn’t matter. The story goes, he brought in some fudge that his mother-in-law made, and I told him that it was the best fudge I had ever had and could he possibly get me the recipe.  I’m pushy like that when it comes to good recipes.  About a day later I got an email from his mother in law, “Kelly”, and  in it she said she gets requests for this recipe every year at Christmas, but she only gives it out to the first three people who ask for it, and I was the first.  My pushiness pays off!  So, I am happy to share it with all of you.  Fudge is definitely one of my holiday favorite treats, because growing up, my mom only made it at Christmas time.  I thought it was the best thing ever!

Here is page 2 of the actual email that I printed from Kelly that contains the recipe.  The only thing I change is, sometimes I will substitute the 25 large marshmallows with 3 cups of the mini marshmallows.  And like Kelly, I use HERSHEY chocolate for the milk chocolate, and Ghiradelli for the semi-sweet.  I also will sometimes split this batch up into two 9×9 pans versus one 9×13 pan and sprinkle sea salt on top of one of the pans.  This yields a lot of fudge! I wish I knew the story behind where Kelly got this and why it’s called Rose Farm Road. I googled it and nothing comes up.  I guess since I never met Kelly and barely remember Sean I will never know (and no offense to Sean, I blame it on my old age).  But I thank them both for sharing this recipe because now it’s a little bit of holiday cheer that we can all enjoy! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading my blog and GO BEARS!!!


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2018 will mark my 7th Season making treats and baking for the Chicago Bears. You might be thinking, how does one land that gig? Well, let me tell you. It’s riveting… My younger brother, Danny, works full-time for the Bears. Our entire family have been life-long Bears fans, btw. Back in the summer of 2012, he came to me and said, “Hey, we need someone to make treats for the team. Do you think you can do it? Because my boss said, Dan, you’ve got all those sisters, can’t one of them bake? So, I volunteered you.” My first response was, “YES, but I don’t know how to bake”. I mean, up until that point, the only things I remember ever baking were 1) S’mores Bars back in the 80’s off a recipe on the back of the Golden Grahams cereal box. Come to think of it now, I don’t even think those things went into the oven – so technically that wasn’t baking. And 2) Good old Nestle Toll House cookies – which NEVER turned out the same each time I baked them and it drove me nuts and got me to HATE baking for that very reason. I was always in love with cooking, though. I was the gal who threw dinner parties often and provided an obnoxious array of hors d’oeuvres and wine – that’s more my thing. Side note: I learned the hard way that baking and wine don’t mix. Ha! However, I was honored and excited to have been asked to step up to the plate for this little baking / treat-making gig, for THE CHICAGO BEARS, no less. So my answer was an enthusiastic, YES! I figured I still had a month before the first regular season game, which is when the “treat days” begin – every Thursday during the regular season (not preseason). So, I hit the streets in search of good recipes and then got to work test-baking in the kitchen for the rest of that summer. As I became more internet savvy, I started following lots of baking bloggers and watching video tutorials. I would go to parties and if I tasted something that I thought was exceptional, I would never hesitate to ask for the recipe. Baking for the Bears is always in the back of my mind when eating desserts. I now have an arsenal of treat recipes worthy of offering at a bake shop, if I do say so myself;) . I started getting requests for my pound cake, outside of Baking for the Bears, and my Double Chocolate Chip Sea Salt cookies have been quoted as “The best cookies in the world” by a well-known player, as well as friends, family and neighbors. One of the first things I did was perfect a cookie of my own that comes out pretty consistently crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. I no longer rely on the old Toll-House recipe. It’s the one thing I never get tired of baking. The guys get them every week. With that said, this season, I plan to blog my recipes each week, and share with you whatever it is I am making for the Bears. I’ll also give you tried & true feedback on what worked, what didn’t, and any fun comments that the players, staff, friends & co-workers might have regarding the treat of the week. My office colleagues love it when football season rolls around, because I typically find new recipes and test-bake on Sundays to bring in on Mondays for critical reviews. From there, I decide if they are Bear-worthy for Thursday Treat Days at Halas Hall. I hope you will check in periodically and enjoy my blog. I’m super excited for the 2018 Bears football season both on the field and in the kitchen! GO BEARS! This is gonna be a good season… I can feel it!

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