What in the world does the historic Ruby Theatre have to do with Papa Dave's Fudge? Located in the resort community of Lake Chelan, WA, the Ruby Theatre opened its doors in the summer of 1914. It is believed to be the oldest, continuously running movie theater in the state of Washington. The Ruby is also among the oldest and best preserved movie theater in the country.
Larry Hibbard and his wife Mary Murphy currently own and operate the Ruby. In 2013, a new concession stand was constructed. The owners felt they needed something locally made to offer their patrons, so they came to the Culinary Apple to see if we could come up with a fudge flavor that could be the signature fudge of the Ruby. We thought Rocky Road would be the perfect choice, and it became known as Ruby's Rocky Road Fudge, or Triple R for short! It's all about small town America when you enter the Ruby Theatre, and we are proud to be a part of the experience they create. Next time you're watching a movie at the Ruby, try a hunk of that famous fudge!
Since we're talking about historical movie theaters, I thought it would be the perfect time to give you some historical fudge facts according the punchbowl online. According to legend, the origin of fudge can be traced back to the 1800's when people used the word "fudge" to mean "messed up." One day, a chef accidentally "fudged" a batch of caramel he was trying to make, and in the process, invented the delicious confection we have come to love.
Before I sign off, it's never too early to mark your calendar for Tuesday June 16th to recognize National Fudge Day! And remember, fudge is like family...mostly sweet with a few nuts!