UA-76843172-1

Fudge in a mug: A microwave treat for the hungry student on a budget

Erica Maxwell
Features Writer

Microwave cooking is the new way to create special treats. You can find more recipes at allrecipes.com

Coming to college means leaving home cooked meals behind and stocking up on foods that come in a can or a box. Most students have drawers full or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Ramen Noodles. However, the internet has provided a ton of information for students who want more than the normal microwavable goodies. Many cooking shows and magazines have realized they need to reach a new demographic, and starving college students were the audience they need to target. By placing their recipes online, students are able to get to them with ease, especially since most spend at least 50 percent of their time searching the web instead of doing homework.
Food.com offers more recipes that use a microwave than you’d ever expect. From pizza to spaghetti, everyone’s tastes can be fulfilled.  A recipe that stands out above the rest is Microwavable fudge, something every student on Millersville’s campus should be well aware of. While cramming late at night, a lot of college students sit and crave chocolate; the only downer is the dining halls are closed. With this simple recipe you can get your chocolate fix in no time and with stuff you probably have in your food bins hidden under your bed. All you need is 3 cups chocolate chips (peanut butter chips can also be used) ,1/4 cup butter , and 1 (14 ounce) can of condensed milk (regular milk can be used) and of course your microwave. Now follow these next few steps and you will have some pretty good fudge. It will not be nearly as good as mom’s during the holidays, but good enough to satisfy your chocolate fix.
1 Place the chocolate chips, butter (cut into hunks), condensed milk, into a 2 quart microwave dish.
2 Microwave on 50 percent power for 3-4 minutes. Checking once until almost all melted.
4 take out and quickly stir and pour into greased 8″ x 8″ dish (the tuber ware bowls you have under your bed will suffice.)
5 cover and refrigerate until set.
Now, not everyone wants to eat fudge out of the microwave and Brooke Fields is one of those students. Fields said “ew” without hesitation when asked about the fudge idea. She then explained a recipe she tried out during her freshman year, eggs and bacon in the microwave. “It saves me so much time, and honestly tastes better than the eggs I get at the dining hall.” Fields then shared her recipe: “All I do is scramble a few eggs together in a bowl, and while I am doing this I microwave 2 or 3 pieces of bacon for approximately 3 minutes on each side. Once the bacon is done and the eggs are scrambled, I pop the eggs in the microwave for 3 minutes, take them out and sprinkle the bacon into the eggs with some cheese for a minute.” Fields let out a big “yum!” after giving the detailed recipe; clearly this is a big hit among Fields and her friends. “Everyone should try it!” says Fields. “ Not as good as the breakfast I get when I’m home, but it is nice to have some real eggs and bacon while I’m away at school.”