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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

This easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat sure to delight! With two distinct layers of chocolate and peanut butter, this creamy confection makes wonderful gifts!

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I am so excited to bring you this recipe! I might say that every time I post a new recipe, but it’s true. How can you not be excited about fudge?

I have some dear memories related to this sweet confection. I grew up in the Midwest near some old-fashioned towns.

Do you know the ones I’m talking about? Small little towns with a central road called “Main Street” that has been converted to tourism with little shops and pubs.

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

We used to vacation near places like this, usually staying up in Wisconsin in a cabin in the woods. To break up the time, we’d head to town and there was always a fudge shop, which you could smell from blocks away. The copper vats of chocolate poured out on marble tables were absolutely mesmerizing – a child’s dream come true!

Last year I was on an Alaskan cruise and what do you know? One of the towns we stopped in had a classic fudge shoppe.

Although we are both adults, my sister and I (and mother!) went crazy over the flavors at the counter and walked out with six slabs of fudge. Nostalgia is priceless.

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

The experience reminded me of my favorite flavor: chocolate peanut butter fudge. Every year during the holidays, my father would receive a gift basket from his realtor.

It would be filled with homemade cookies, sweet treats and this fudge. I looked forward to it every year, along with Grandma’s old-fashioned Butterhorn Cookies and stunning Red Velvet Cookies with cream cheese frosting.

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

I particularly like this fudge because it’s two-toned. The layers of peanut butter and chocolate fudge are like a double treat.

The trick to getting this chocolate peanut butter fudge smooth and creamy is to properly cook it – too little and it won’t set up, too long and it will be dry and grainy. Luckily, the addition of marshmallow fluff is like a magic ingredient, ensuring that velvety texture.

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

To guarantee the correct temperature, use a candy thermometer and remove the fudge from the heat when it hits 234°F. Or, cook it for approximately 4 minutes after it starts boiling. The final product will be silky smooth.

After cooling and cutting, set little squares out on trays for guests or package up and give as gifts!

Pin this chocolate peanut butter fudge to your dessert board!

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

Easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat! Creamy confection with two layers of chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 64
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This easy chocolate peanut butter fudge is a nostalgic treat sure to delight! With two distinct layers of chocolate and peanut butter, this creamy confection makes wonderful gifts!

Ingredients

For the chocolate layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Scant 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the peanut butter layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Scant 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with foil, letting the edges extend over the sides. Butter the foil and set aside.
  • For the chocolate fudge:

    1. In a medium saucepan, melt the sugar, butter and milk, stirring constantly. After the mixture begins to boil rapidly, cook for 4 minutes without stirring, or until a candy thermometer reads 234°F.
    2. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate, marshmallow fluff and vanilla, beating vigorously until combined.
    3. Pour into prepared pan, spreading into an even layer. Set aside and allow to cool at room temperature.

    For the peanut butter fudge:

    1. In a medium saucepan, melt the sugar, butter and milk, stirring constantly. After the mixture begins to boil rapidly, cook for 4 minutes without stirring, or until a candy thermometer reads 234°F.
    2. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla, beating vigorously until combined.
    3. Pour over chocolate layer, spreading into an even layer. Set aside and allow to cool at room temperature. Cut into small squares and serve.

    Notes

    Use clean, dry pots and utensils for each layer of fudge.
    For best texture, do not refrigerate fudge.

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    This recipe first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ where I am a guest contributor.

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    Susan Keenan

    Monday 19th of December 2016

    Rebekah, I made this fudge last night & while it is very tasty the layers did not bond together. I did the choc. layer first, then the peanut butter one. I noticed it was really hard to get the peanut butter layer smooth on top, so l made another batch of the choc. & tried to make a triple decker fudge. I waited until they were completely cool & made my first cut about 1.5" in from the edge. They didn't hold together. So I waited until this morning to try & make a second cut. Not only did they not hold together, the 2 choc. layers started to crumble. Do u think I can bond the layers together with icing? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Susan K.

    Rebekah

    Monday 19th of December 2016

    I'm so sorry to hear that! I've never had that problem, but I've messed up fudge before and it's always, always from overcooking/overheating. Hope you were at least able to enjoy the layers separately!