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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kevin 
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:27 PM
Subject: Looking for a polish recipe I believe.

Hi Phaedrus,

I live in east central Wisconsin and my background is predominately 
Polish/Prussian/Bohemian. My father comes from a farm family of 16 
brothers and sisters whose father and mother came here as youngsters 
and settled in northeast Wisconsin near Pound,Wi.

I remember a  doughnut type dessert my aunts and uncles used to make. 
I remember they called them, and I know I will spell it wrong, "Fafanukies". 
I remember it was a a doughy  mixture, I believe it started with goose lard, 
and it used grated carrots. I remember my aunts saying it was time to "punch 
the dough". I remember they were fried in oil and when you ate them 
you dunked them in a mixture of maple syrup and black coffee. 

I suppose as with a lot of older polish farm families..not much was written 
down, no recipes were followed, recipes were taught from their mothers etc. 
My oldest daughter was to last to make them with one of my aunts, about 10 
years ago.  Now most of my aunts along with my father are gone..and still 
nothing was written down.

I hope you can help..all my cousins think I'm nuts because none of them can 
remember them.

Thanks in advance. 


Hello Kevin,

I've tried every spelling variation that I can think of that might sound like "fafanukies", and I've checked Polish, Prussian, and Bohemian recipe sites, and I've come up empty-handed. Traditional Polish donuts don't have carrots. Without the correct spelling of the name or something else to go on, I've exhausted my search methods. Sorry. I'll post this on my site - maybe someone will recognize it and be able to help.


OK, I know they aren't calling these fafanukies, or whatever, but I wonder if the 
recipe the person was looking for was something like these?  Maybe started out as 
these?  They're fried like donuts apparently, and they could be dipped in the maple 
syrup/coffee mixture.
Polish Carrot Pancakes 

Chocolate Mint Marshmallow

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: debbie 
  Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2009 6:10 AM
  Subject: a weird but delicious candy......

hello phaedrus!

thanks for what you do helping us 'foodies' find our favorites! . i used your 
'sunshine raisin biscuit' recipe with good success...but now i have another 
request . it would probably fall under your personal interest in 'weird' foods, 
as it is not a combination that one usually finds in the food world : mint, caramel 
and marshmallow!. here's the story.

when i was in the hospital having my first child 35 years ago, my dad came to visit 
and brought me a box of 'russel stover' candy to celebrate. the candies were a 
favorite of ours. they were (if i'm remembering correctly) white chocolate (tinted green), 
covering layers of green mint jelly, buttery caramel and soft marshmallow. i know they 
sound awful, but the combination was actually pretty delicious and i miss not being able 
to purchase these any longer (i don't think russel stover makes them any more).

but i wondered if their company might share a recipe. i have tried to concoct 
something similar to have a 'treat' to share with my 77 yr old dad, but they just 
aren't quite the same. even if we could find a confection from a different 
chocolatier somewhere, i would be willing to order some (or drive there to procure them!).
these candies (and my dear ol' dad, of course) are just that important to me!

does anyone else out there remember these strange and glorious candies?.
does anyone know where we could get something similar?. perhaps you can help us, 
phaedrus!. thanks in advance)

needing my mint/caramel/marshmallow fix,

Hello Deb,

Sorry, no luck. I can't find any mention of this candy. Companies don't share recipes like this, and, even if they did, it would be a commercial recipe for 50 lbs at a time to be made on a candy-making machine - not something you could use in your kitchen.

Best I can do is post the request on my site and hope that a reader has an idea. It would help if you knew by what name Russell Stover called the candy.


From: "Marney "
Subject: mint chocolate marshmallow candy
Date: Monday, November 16, 2009 4:24 PM

I think Debbie is talking about Marshmints - a
marshmallow-caramel-chocolate mint candy made by Sees.  They used to
have a special "club" for fans of this candy.  I found a link where you
can order the candy:


Fanny May might have made this candy too.


3 Chocolate Fudge

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: cheryl 
  Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 1:54 PM
  Subject: lost recipe

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

You helped me once before and I hope you can do it again. I am looking for a very 
old chocolate fudge recipe at least 35 years old. It called for 3 different kinds 
of chocolate. german Chocolate, I think unsweetened chocolate and semi sweet chocolate. 
I believe I got it from the Chicago Tribune newspaper. The recipe also said to make 
it in a heavy pan not a thin sauce pan. I still have the thick pan I bought to make 
it in but I have lost the recipe. Thanks for your help. Cheryl 

I just sent a request for a 3 chocolate fudge recipe and I wanted to add...I don't 
think the recipe I am looking for called for marshmallow or marshmallow creme. I am 
not sure but I don't think so. Thanks. Cheryl

Hi Cheryl,

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe that fits your description.


From: "gwen" 
Subject: November 2, 2009 request for 3 chocolate fudge
Date: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 9:11 AM

I stumbled on a very old request for fudge made with three kinds of
chocolate. Since the requester was unsure of whether the recipe called for
marshmallows, I thought I'd give a sampling of some that meet that
description and include marshmallows.

2 sticks butter
14 1/2 oz. evaporated milk
4 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 lb. marshmallows
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 oz. German sweet chocolate
2 c. chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc.)

Combine butter, evaporated milk and sugar in a 5 quart saucepan or
Dutch oven. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil,
cover, boil 5 minutes, and turn off heat. Add marshmallows, stir until
melted. Add the three kinds of chocolate, one at a time, stirring until
melted. Add vanilla and nuts, stir well. Pour into large (at least 10"x15")
buttered pan and spread evenly. Work quickly as it begins to set
immediately. Let stand or chill until firm, then cut into 1" squares. Whole
pecan halves may be pressed into the top of each square while still warm,
if desired. (NOTE: 1/2 pound marshmallows = 1 (10 1/2 oz.) bag miniature
marshmallows with 100 removed.)

Triple-Chocolate Fudge
Servings: 2 Servings

4  cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
 cup Butter
13 oz. Can evaporated milk
12 oz. Bag semisweet choc chips
16 oz. German's Sweet chocolate,four 4oz bars broken up
9 oz. Milk chocolate, broken up
10  oz. Marshmallow cream
2 teaspoon Vanilla
4 cups Coarsely chopped nuts,toasted

Preparation:In six quart Dutch oven, combine sugar, salt, butter and milk.
Bring to simmer, stirring constantly, over medium heat. As soon as first
bubble is seen, boil mixture exactly eight minutes. Remove from heat
Quickly stir in remaining ingredients. Blend thoroughly. Pour into two
oiled 13 x 9 inch pans. Cover with foil and refrigerate until firm. Slice
as desired. Bring to room temperature before serving for fullest flavor.
Store in refrigerator or freezer


1 stick butter
1 (13 oz.) can milk
2 lb. sugar
4 cups mini marshmallows
2 sq. unsweetened baking chocolate
12 oz. (3 pkg.) German sweet chocolate
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp. vanilla
4 c. pecan pieces

Dissolve on medium heat, sugar with the can milk and butter. Bring to
boil (234 degrees). Cover, boil exactly 5 minutes. Turn heat low. Add
marshmallows and stir. Add chocolates, stirring and mixing well. Add
vanilla and pecans.
Spread into large 18 x 12 inch cookie sheet previously buttered or
sprayed with Pam. Cool, cut into 1 inch squares. (Cooks in 5 minutes -
no fail - makes over 200, 1 inch pieces.)

Country House Fudge

4-1/2 Cups white sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup butter
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
2 Cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 (4 ounce) bars German sweet chocolate
7 Ounces chocolate candy bar
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
4 Cups chopped walnuts

1 Butter 2 - 9x13 inch pans. Set aside. 2 In a large bowl, place chocolate
chips and broken up chocolate bars. Make a depression in chocolate pieces,
then scoop marshmallow creme into it. 3 In a medium saucepan, cook sugar,
salt, butter, and milk for about 8 to 10 minutes. (Start timing after
boiling begins) Remove from heat, add chocolate chip mixture, vanilla, and
chopped nuts. Mix RAPIDLY with large wooden spoon. Pour into buttered pans.

1/2 c. butter
1 12-oz. can evaporated milk
4 1/2 c. sugar
8 oz. marshmallows
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
12 oz. German's sweet chocolate
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 c. chopped nuts

In a heavy bottomed saucepan melt butter, milk, and sugar, bring to a boil
for five minutes. Lower heat, stir in marshmallows, cook a minute longer,
stirring all the while. Remove from heat and add chocolate, beat quickly
for one full minute, beat in rest of the ingredients then transfer to
buttered pans.

1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup butter
1 can evaporated milk
4 1/2 cups sugar
40 big marshmallows
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped into small pieces)
12 ounces (1 bag) chocolate chips
3 PACKAGES German's sweet chocolate (green box) (chopped into small pieces)
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

With margarine, grease well a jelly roll pan lined with aluminum foil.
Combine butter, margarine, canned milk and sugar in a large saucepan. Stir
constantly over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Cook to a boil. Reduce
heat a bit; cover and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add
marshmallows and stir until melted. Immediately add unsweetened chocolate;
mix well. Add German's chocolate; mix well. Add chocolate chips; mix well.
Add vanilla and nuts; stir well. Pour mixture into buttered pan, and let

Killer Chocolate Fudge

* 2 (4oz) packages of Baker's German Chocolate
* 2 (8 oz) packages Baker's Semi Sweet Chocolate
* 1 (8 oz)package of Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate
* 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
* 4 1/2 cups white sugar
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
* 1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Combine chocolate squares and marshmallow creme in large bowl.
2. Combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk and salt in heavy skillet. Bring
to a boil over medium heat, until thermometer reaches 235 degreees.
3. Pour hot syrup over chocolate mixture. Stir with wooden spoon until
4. Let mixture cool to 120 degrees. Mix in KA or hand mixer until shine is
gone and mixture is thick, 2-4 minutes.
5. Spread into buttered 15 inch bar pan (mixture will be thick and will
need to pressed down). Let stand until firm; cut into squares.

Soft Chocolate Fudge

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jeannine 
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 4:38 PM
Subject: soft chocolate fudge

Hello !

My sister & I are looking for a recipe of a soft chocolate fudge that we used to 
eat when we were very young kids.  Every year, when the "Wizard of Oz" would come 
on, Mom would make this soft fudge that we could spoon out of the cake pan... 9 X 13.
It was either Fry Cocoa or Neilson's cocoa ; there was also white sugar... we have 
asked Mom but she doesn't remember... the fudge never became hard... we could just 
spoon it out.... There are 6 of us & we looked forward to this every year.  We've 
googled & looked through both names of cocoa, asked different people & no luck.
Could you please find this recipe ?
My name is Jeannine 
Thank You  & have a good weekend

Hi Jeannine,

Sorry, I can't locate a soft fudge recipe with Fry's or Neilson's cocoa.


Weight Watchers' Veal Balls

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Karen 
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 2:08 PM
Subject: Weight Watcher Recipe

My mother made a delicious recipe that I loved as a young person.  It was a 
Weight Watcher recipe of veal balls, shredded cabbage, prepared in a tomato 
type sauce.  I have searched and searched without luck.  Perhaps you are luckier 
than I.

Hello Karen,

Sorry, no success.


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