The Story behind Mr. Bittner's Rocky Road Fudge Recipe
"Mr. Bittner came into our lives
when my father was making the long commute from our home in Hillsboro, Oregon
to the Cascade Corporation in Gresham, Oregon.
Dad sought a person to share driving while reducing the wear and tear on
Mr. Bittner was well on in years
and having difficulty driving, so eventually Dad was the one doing all the
driving with Mr. Bittner chipping in for gas.
Dad knew they had reached this point when Mr. Bittner could no longer
keep the car in his own lane and fell asleep at the wheel on several occasions.
After many years of sharing the
ride to work, Mr. Bittner was forced to retire due to failing eye sight at
70. We kept track of Mr. Bittner for
many years after he retired until his death in 1980. He was very happy to know that we had
mastered his fudge recipe and had made it part of our holiday tradition. It has virtually remained unchanged except
for changes in available products.
I have often made Mr. Bittner's Rocky Road Fudge recipe and
taken it to my place of employment during the holiday season. One year when I brought it in, a new employee
let me know in a very firm voice that he hated chocolate and would not be
eating any. The fudge sat covered and
untouched on the file cabinet when we all went to lunch, except for the new
Upon our return, the plate was
empty. I assumed that the men from the
shop had raided the office. They were
known for their attraction to sweets.
But then, we saw the new guy slumped over his desk, groaning; he was
obviously very sick. Have you guessed? Mister "I-hate-chocolate" had consumed
all 5 pounds of Mr. Bittner's Rocky Road Fudge!
You are warned!
Mr. Bittner's Rocky Road Fudge
may cause over consumption and addictive behaviors.
I would like to request this
recipe not be used for any commercial purpose or published in any book or
magazine with the intent for profit.
This recipe should be freely distributed as Mr. Bittner did his fudge
with the title of 'Mr. Bittner's Rock Road Fudge'."
--D. R. Fitzgerald