or other additions are added just before the fudge begins to cool
and firm up, or "set." Tom told us that fudge actually
sets faster on a warm table than a cool one. This apparently illogical
observation spurred much discussion, a little research, and a tentative
conclusion (see The
Marble Slab Paradox.)
The final stage of the paddling is an artful arrangement
of the fudge into a long loaf, ready for slicing.
Tom begins to "paddle" (stir) the fudge, initiating the
formation of the tiny microcrystals that ultimately will cause the
fudge to solidify.