Alice B. Toklas’ Reads Her 1954 Recipe for Hashish Fudge

Alice B. Toklas' Recipe for Hashish Fudge

 

Author Alice Babette Toklas (April 30, 1877 – March 7, 1967) and Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) were together from September 8, 1907 – the day Toklas arrived in Paris from San Francisco – until Stein’s death. In 1933 Toklas became a literary star with the publication of Stein’s book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

 

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In 1954, Toklas published her own work The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, an insight into the meals Stein would have eaten with her famous friends (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wilder, Matisse, and Picasso) and Moroccan-based artist Brion Gysin’s recipe for ‘Haschich Fudge’ – a light snack that “might provide an entertaining refreshment for a Ladies’ Bridge Club or a chapter meeting of the DAR.”

 

Alice B. Toklas' Recipe for Hashish Fudge

Toklas – 1949

 

“The recipe was innocently included without my realizing that the hashish was the accented part of the recipe,” she recalled in 1963, when she read aloud her recipe on Pacifica Radio, which you can her below. “I was shocked to find that America wouldn’t accept it because it was too dangerous. It never went into the American edition. The English are braver. We’re not courageous about that sort of thing.”

 

 

Take one teaspoon black peppercorns, one whole nutmeg, four average sticks of cinnamon, one teaspoon coriander. These should all be pulverized in a mortar. About a handful each of stoned dates, dried figs, shelled almonds and peanuts: chop these and mix them together. A bunch of Cannabis sativa can be pulverized. This along with the spices should be dusted over the mixed fruit and nuts, kneaded together. About a cup of sugar dissolved in a big pat of butter. Rolled into a cake and cut into pieces or made into balls about the size of a walnut, it should be eaten with care. Two pieces are quite sufficient.

 

Alice B. Toklas' Recipe for Hashish Fudge

Alice B. Toklas' Recipe for Hashish Fudge

Stein And Toklas, 1944. American Writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) In Southeastern France With Her Companion, Alice B. Toklas (Left), September 1944. Oil Over A Photograph. 1944

Stein And Toklas, 1944. American Writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) In Southeastern France With Her Companion, Alice B. Toklas (Left), September 1944. Oil Over A Photograph.

French fashion designer Pierre Balmain shakes hands with American writer Alice B. Toklas after he was awarded the medal of the French Legion of Honor, on by Jean Jacques Guerlain (unseen) at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France 26 Jan 1962

French fashion designer Pierre Balmain shakes hands with American writer Alice B. Toklas after he was awarded the medal of the French Legion of Honor, on by Jean Jacques Guerlain (unseen) at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. 26 Jan 1962

 

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