Southern Sweets Showdown Round 1: #15 Mayhaw Jelly vs. #2 Fudge

Round One of the Southern Sweets Showdown continues!

Our third matchup comes from the Miscellany region, pitting the #2 seed Fudge against the #15 Mayhaw Jelly.

Normally, we would point you to scouting reports on each the two competitors, but this time we’re changing things up.

Why? Well, because it would give fudge an unfair advantage … because we have no idea what the heck a Mayhaw is.

Image By gal via Flickr

We assume it’s some kind of fruit since we’re talking about jelly. Then again, we’re pretty sure petroleum jelly contains no fruit, so we can’t be sure.

Checking with the 100% reliable reference site Wikipedia, we learn the following:

“Mayhaw is the name given to the fruit of the species of Crataegus series Aestivales that are common in wetlands throughout the southern United States.”

Okay, so we at least know it’s a fruit.

“Mayhaws grow in moist soil in river and creek bottoms under hardwood trees. The fruit ripens in late April through May, thus the name mayhaw. The fruit is also found in bayous surrounding lakes, such as Caddo Lake on the Texas/Louisiana border. Mayhaws are often collected out of the water from boats to be used to make jelly.”

There you have it. Mayhaw jelly is made from boats used to collect mayhaws. At least, that’s how we read it.

Image via Wikimedia

As for fudge, well … it’s fudge. What more do we need to say? It’s sweet, rich and typically chocolately. No, it’s not uniquely Southern, but just try going to a Southern holiday party or potluck supper without it.

Then head over to our Facebook page and decide who is more worthy to move on to the first round. Or simply take the poll below:

3 Responses to “Southern Sweets Showdown Round 1: #15 Mayhaw Jelly vs. #2 Fudge”

  1. My Lord, boys, I can not believe you have not had the heavenly pleasure of mayhaw jelly! Poor things! My granddad in Crossett AR would take to the swamp to harvest these little crab-apple/ plum like fruit. Because the small trees would hang over the water, the easiest way to secure the haws would be to float under the branches ( watching for snakes, of course) and then beating the branches as the fruit fell to the waiting burlap in the boat bottom. He would bring the haws home, cook down the juice, add plenty of sugar and cook it to jelly. After the pale rose colored thick liquid was poured into little jelly jars, hot wax would be poured over the top.
    The jelly is tart – a little like a wild plum – perfect with PB!
    With Granddad gone this many, many years, I realize that this was a very time consuming labor of love. And being a kid – I was the thoughtless recipient of this gift. Now I would give anything for a little mayhaw on my morning toast!
    And this contest was with ….fudge… common old fudge. ‘sigh’


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