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Quarantine Life

Homemade fudge, anyone?

For nursing major Allie Roberts (HHS Class of 2023), quarantine life centers around her family’s kitchen.

The daughter of Angela Roberts, who manages strategic communications for the Purdue Life Sciences Initiative, Allie learned cookie-making from one grandmother and candy-making from another – and watched a lot of YouTube videos and Food Network shows like “Cake Boss” growing up.

While living in Earhart Hall for most of her freshman year, Allie says that what she missed most about being away from home was cooking and baking. Now that she’s back with her parents in West Lafayette, Ind., until she moves to an apartment in August, Allie has returned to kitchen-crafting but is focusing on easy recipes she can make during study breaks.

“This is the simplest fudge ever,” says Allie, who has worked at three restaurants in town as well as Earhart Dining Court. “All you do is melt half a bag of chocolate chips in the microwave, checking every 30 seconds or so to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.

“When the chocolate is melted, stir in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter, and then place in a shallow glass dish lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Pop in the freezer for about half an hour, and your fudge is ready.”

Allie says you can make variations on this recipe, using dark chocolate chips and almond butter, for instance (her mom’s personal favorite).

In our unscientific survey, we uncovered these other favorite snacks from Purdue Life Sciences faculty and staff and their family members:

  • Cheese slices and Triscuits
  • Cheese sticks
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Cocktails
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Jalapeno poppers or Reese’s Puffs
  • Peanut butter
  • Pistachios
  • Twinkies

Quarantine Life is a new series from the Purdue Life Sciences Initiative. If you have suggestions for a topic to feature, please contact Angela Roberts at

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