Dr. Vincent Hefner

First Baptist Church

of Cherryville

When Magic Fudge Makes You Miserable!

As the Christmas season was full swing, I started to bake for my family and friends. There are certain baked items that are associated with Christmas, like cheese cake, fruit cake, red velvet cake, fudge, and anything that tastes great! One thing that I have learned about baking is you can’t be afraid to make a mistake when trying to create desserts that are on the cover of food magazines. Now that my family has tasted some of my desserts, I am starting to get some requests to make certain items. My father-in-law asked me to make something called, “stollen,” which is a fruit cake type bread that tastes more like bread than fruitcake. Since I had never eaten one, or even seen one in person, I don’t know what to expect. When I finished it, I ate a piece but didn’t know if it was good or not, but I haven’t been rushed to the hospital as of this moment.

Even though I take requests, I still look through recipe books to find something I would like to make. A few days ago I decided to make some, “Christmas Fudge.” The recipe book I use rates the degree of difficulty for each recipe, and it rated fudge as “difficult.” I was somewhat concerned when I read about the difficulty, but I quickly convinced myself that people make fudge everyday, and I was going to be one of those people! I carefully read over the instructions a few times, gathered up all the ingredients for the fudge, and began to create a fudge that would be talked about beyond Christmas and into the New Year. There was only one item that I didn’t have that the recipe called for, a thermometer. Well, I do have a thermometer, but it is the kind you stick in your ear to tell your temperature. Since fudge doesn’t have an ear, I was just going to have to guess at the appropriate temperature before I took it off the stove. I didn’t think this would be a big problem or central to making fudge taste or look like fudge. The recipe also gave a back up plan to having the correct time and heat by taking a small amount out of the pan and dropping it into some cold water. If the mixture stayed together, it was ready, and if he came apart, you needed to cook it longer! As simple as that sounded, I didn’t believe I needed to use this direction because of my passion for baking and my love for fudge. These truths would instinctively tell me when I needed to take my ingredients off the stove. When I thought the time was right, I removed my “soon to be fudge” into a prepared pan, and waited for the fudge to harden. Have you ever heard the statement, “A watched pot will not boil?” This is also true for watching fudge harden so it can be cut into small pieces and consumed. The more I watched, the more it stayed the same! I reread the directions and the last sentence said if the fudge didn’t harden to place it in the refrigerator to help speed up the process. A few hours later I took it out of the refrigerator to sample my afternoon’s work. I took a knife, cut a small piece, tried it pick it up, but the fudge wouldn’t stay cut. It was like “magic fudge,” because everyplace I cut it, it would cover up the cut with more fudge! For a moment, I thought I had created something living, something that couldn’t be cut, hurt, or eaten. I had not made fudge, I had made “sludge.”

What can be learned from my “Magic Fudge/Sludge?” First, even the smallest detail matters! Second, success and failure can be a thin line, don’t quit living if you experience either one. Third, everyday has it’s own God given opportunities, don’t miss a single one. Fourth, pouting over a loss is never attractive, so don’t do it. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Regardless of what happens in life, the Christian needs to remember that their joy is found in God’s strength, not their own doing!

Remember, Don’t Give In To Sin. Think About It!