Photo by Mikaela Todd.

This last weekend I got to have my last fling before I actually began buckling down not only on my schoolwork, but also on my diet. I drove to San Luis Obispo, hiked an architectural graveyard and went swing dancing. Not your typical, run-of-the-mill weekend, and it wasn’t complemented by my typical grass and nuts diet, as my mother would call it. Instead it was complemented by a massive amount of chocolate, fried food and an entire family-sized bag of Cheetos.

So when I came back to Santa Cruz, I wasn’t quite ready to give up my chocolate streak. I went online to find something easy and quick to satiate my insatiable palate and I found fudge, college-kid style. That is to say, microwave-style.

After this recipe, you’ll be cured of your sweet tooth for just long enough to make it through finals. All it comprises is peanut butter, frosting and a pan. You heat the frosting (vanilla or chocolate), mix it with the peanut butter and let it set. That’s the easiest recipe I’ve heard of in a long time, and it’s a really quick way to whip something up for a potluck. Best of all, it’s a crowd pleaser. Who doesn’t enjoy fudge at a party? And for under 10 bucks, my wallet’s enjoying the view too.

No, I’m not going to sit here and tell you all of the great things that chocolate and frosting can do for your body. This is a recipe that your fitness trainer would gawk and swear at, so maybe try to keep this snack away from the gym or any other place where you wouldn’t feel comfortable licking your fingers and digging in for seconds.

But who doesn’t deserve a little break from a healthy diet once in a while? Maybe there is something to be said for making a little room for indulgence. Just take a look at the tip of the food pyramid — even USDA approves of it.

In my opinion, happiness stems from breaking the rules every once in a while, so let me enjoy my fatty treat. Who’s with me?