My aunt owns her own hair salon in Berwyn, Illinois, where I grew up. It's down the street from where my parents live, and during the summer my friends and I would use it as a marker for how far we could before we were "too far" and we'd turn right back around after waving a hello at my aunt. Her clients are friendly, many of them in their 70s and 80s, and they love my aunt's "crazy" accent. If I were to compare her to a character people have heard of, it would be the aunt from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Every year, she makes dozens and dozens of traditional Greek cookies as Christmas treats for her clients. And I really mean dozens and dozens- she does not let that cookie tray run out ever during the holiday season. Over the years, clients started bringing in cookies and treats to share with her. And this, is where this story starts to have a point.
We always had traditional powdered sugar cookies and honey cookies, but I remember being most excited by the things my aunt would bring home from her clients. Namely, fudge. One client always made giant slabs of different kinds of fudge. I looked forward to them every year and after going vegan, I remember my aunt saying there was no one to eat it now that I couldn't have any!
Fast forward to years later, an Internet friend posted a picture of peanut butter fudge that looked amazing. And even better, she was a VEGAN Internet friend! I don't know why I had never thought of making fudge before, it seems like one of those special things that just shows up and blesses you with deliciousness?
These were her instructions: