This recipe came from an article in First Magazine (one of my new favorites!) about vanilla and it's benefits. According to the article, the color "renews your resolve", the scent "tames a sweet tooth" (the recipe for the homemade perfume is also posted), and the antioxidant "winter-proofs skin". With the fudge recipe was an explanation that vanilla will "reduce the risk of breast cancer" by inhibiting the growth and development of diseased cells in healthy tissue. SO...eat up gals! Vanilla is good for you! Note: all the cooking times are approximate.