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Person Wants To Expose To Mom That Their ‘Secret Family Recipe’ Actually Came From The Side Of A Can
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Person Wants To Expose To Mom That Their ‘Secret Family Recipe’ Actually Came From The Side Of A Can

A lot of us cherish the moments that were spent with our family members. Now, with the marathon of celebrations coming up, most of us are already in the planning mode, remembering all the great things that we’re going to do with our family members. During this time, not only do we take our precious decorations and ornaments out but also start planning what we are going to make to surprise our loved ones. Very often, this is the time when traditions make their way out, reminding us of their importance and ability to bring family members closer. There’s no doubt that some people associate big family gatherings with food and drinks. For some of us, it’s grandmother’s pie or mom’s cookies that are made every year without exceptions, and their recipes are already considered a part of the family’s heritage. Having this nostalgic sense in mind, Reddit user @u/absolutirony decided to ask others online if what they’re about to do is worth shattering something that their relatives hardly believe in. The question that received more than 24k upvotes soon was filled with various opinions of other users. 

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A lot of people love to remember the good times they’ve spent with their family and the traditions that they follow every year

Image credits: Caitriana Nicholson (not the actual image)

The author of the post started their story by sharing that every year, when Christmas is just around the corner, their mom makes a delicious fudge. What is special about this fudge is that the original poster’s (OP) grandmother got it from a candy maker and since then, the way it was made has been kept as a family secret. It was even said that only when a family member hits adulthood are they allowed to see the recipe, so until they are 30 years old, they have no clue how it’s made. However, OP found out what the recipe was a little bit earlier than that thanks to their mom who asked for a helping hand when preparing the famous fudge. 

Reddit user took an opportunity to ask others whether they should disclose a family “secret” that involves the fudge recipe

Image credits: u/absolutirony

The person shared that it didn’t take much time for them to figure out what the recipe was and that once their mom and grandmother realized that they “got” it earlier than usual, both of them became really upset about it. OP revealed that they don’t think “recipe hoarding” is something special, but they didn’t give it out to anyone else besides their brother and sister. But their mom and grandmother still held a grudge years later and even said that they don’t trust OP over what happened.

The person revealed that their family has a secret fudge recipe that is passed on through generations

Image credits: Peter Merholz (not the actual image)

The Reddit user continued with their story by sharing that they came across an article about a chef who, after an extensive search, was able to trace the book from which their family recipe was taken. This is when OP remembered their secret family recipe and decided to do their own research to find out where the fudge recipe came from. This is when they found out that their special recipe was taken from an evaporated milk company and wasn’t a secret at all as it was on every can. This discovery made OP believe that someone from their family lied about the recipe’s real origin, and now they are thinking about whether they should share their revelation with others. 

The author of the post found out the recipe earlier than planned, which upset their mom and grandmother

Image credits: u/absolutirony

Being in this situation led the person to ask others online what to do as they thought it would be funny, but at the same time, they realized that it might make them a jerk. The question gave a green light to a lot of users who shared their points of view on the situation. Some of them thought that it was okay to tell the truth because of the harsh behavior that OP received from their relatives, while some thought that this way the author of the post would ruin something that both women believe in, and that no good might come from this. What is your take on this matter? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments down below!

Years later, OP found out that the famous family fudge recipe is actually on every evaporated milk can

Image credits: u/absolutirony

Why are family traditions so important? They’re not only there to keep us all busy and add some more things to the endless list of chores before big celebrations. These traditions and unique “rules” make us more connected and open to one another. According to Generations Family Practice, people who grow up in a family that follows certain traditions have a better understanding of themselves and don’t suffer from a lack of self-confidence as they are aware of their family history. So going shopping for a Christmas tree, decorating the house, baking gingerbread, or even going for a long walk as a family only benefits its members, especially the younger ones who will later cherish these moments.

Now the person faces a dilemma between wanting to tell the truth or keep it to themselves

Image credits: Alexandra P (not the actual image)

The Reddit user is still scared that by debunking the whole story, they might come off as a jerk

Image credits: u/absolutirony

The story made a lot of users online share their opinions on the situation that might not be as easy as it looks

Some Reddit users shared that the truth about the recipe’s origins might spoil their relationship with the family

Image credits: u/absolutirony

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ToGo
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After being called untrustworthy, and having snide comments aimed at me up to 15 years later, I'd tell them. I'd wear that AH badge with pride.

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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better yet, build gift packs which contain all the necessary ingredients for the fudge and hand them out as gifts. When the recipients ask for the recipe tell them it's on the can of evap milk.

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Nilsen
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm kind of happy that all my grandmother's recipes are cutouts from magazines and sides from bags and boxes, carefully glued into a book. It's no secret that the cake was published in Hjemmet and the herrings were on the back of the spice packet.

Max
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mum's delicious vegetable lasagne recipe originally came off a packet. It's no longer the exact same recipe, because she's tweaked it, but the basics came off a packet.

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Bunzilla
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree that "secret family recipes" are just weird. Why does it need to be a secret? Just so that you can feel like you're superior to others? I'd personally feel better about sharing a good recipe so that more people can enjoy it than I would hoarding it to myself. Even two people using the exact same recipe will probably get a different result; Using different variants of the same ingredients, using different methods, even different ovens and equipment. The mom and grandmother are totally petty jerks to keep harping about her learning this "secret family recipe" after getting her to help, 15 years later. 15 years! And they still can't let it go! I would just casually bring up how strange it was to find that "secret family recipe" on the side of the Carnation can. If they hadn't acted like jerks, then there'd be no reason to burst their bubble.

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ToGo
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After being called untrustworthy, and having snide comments aimed at me up to 15 years later, I'd tell them. I'd wear that AH badge with pride.

v
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better yet, build gift packs which contain all the necessary ingredients for the fudge and hand them out as gifts. When the recipients ask for the recipe tell them it's on the can of evap milk.

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Nilsen
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm kind of happy that all my grandmother's recipes are cutouts from magazines and sides from bags and boxes, carefully glued into a book. It's no secret that the cake was published in Hjemmet and the herrings were on the back of the spice packet.

Max
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mum's delicious vegetable lasagne recipe originally came off a packet. It's no longer the exact same recipe, because she's tweaked it, but the basics came off a packet.

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Bunzilla
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I agree that "secret family recipes" are just weird. Why does it need to be a secret? Just so that you can feel like you're superior to others? I'd personally feel better about sharing a good recipe so that more people can enjoy it than I would hoarding it to myself. Even two people using the exact same recipe will probably get a different result; Using different variants of the same ingredients, using different methods, even different ovens and equipment. The mom and grandmother are totally petty jerks to keep harping about her learning this "secret family recipe" after getting her to help, 15 years later. 15 years! And they still can't let it go! I would just casually bring up how strange it was to find that "secret family recipe" on the side of the Carnation can. If they hadn't acted like jerks, then there'd be no reason to burst their bubble.

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