Passing on a legacy – making fudge

Melanie, left, and Stephanie McGraw with their fudge at the Silver Fox autumn craft fair in Summerside. Stephanie Drummond photo.
Melanie, left, and Stephanie McGraw with their fudge at the Silver Fox autumn craft fair in Summerside. Stephanie Drummond photo.
By Stephanie Drummond
Sept. 29, 2014

Stephanie McGraw can remember at the age of nine setting up for a craft fair.
She remembers the months of preparation in her grandmother’s kitchen making fudge, the packaging, the loading up the car, setting their table and the friendly faces passing by their table.
Now it’s the 20-year-old’s turn to take on the family business.
Her grandmother is retiring allowing McGraw and her mother to take over the reins.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun,” McGraw said.
The family uses a special recipe of butter and cream. It’s all made in a Health Canada certified kitchen in New Brunswick. McGraw along, with another family member, was in Summerside, recently selling their fudge.
“We do regular fudge, of all flavours and we do diabetic fudge. It’s made with sugar from fruit, not made with regular sugar.”
McGraw’s grandmother has been making the fudge for 20 years.
“It means a lot to her for us to take it over. It’s always been my mum, my grandmum and me.”
The duo setup shop at craft fairs all over the Maritimes to sell their fudge.
Her helper on September 28 was another family member, Melanie.
She shares in the fun of packaging and selling the fudge.
“It’s a lot of work. I enjoy it though,” she said.
Both girls have there favourite.
“I love the root beer fudge. I just love root beer,” Melanie said.
“I like the caramel,” Stephanie said.

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