:: Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe ::
I can’t even remember the specifics of what was happening the day this fudge came on the scene. Around here that’s saying a lot! I do know it was a day everyone was kind of needing a little pick-me-up. Not so much down in the dumps, but desperate for something indulgent. We don’t do that usually and I didn’t have many options on hand. I don’t know the specifics of how everyone’s woes were lamented, or what those pleading eyes looked like as I decided to brave the bare pantry shelves looking for some sort of means to wow them with panache.
This recipe doesn’t call for marshmallows or sweetened condensed milk! yay! Because I didn’t have any. May I just add that everyone not only survived the day but I was a total HERO. 🙂
Of course it’s a family favorite now – maybe because of how I wow’d them – but more likely because of the day we were all having and how these little gems were exactly what we needed. A little something special. A little indulgence. We all remember how it made us feel. That’s a huge connection with recipes in a family! I still remember how I felt sitting around the table with my siblings as a child having some of the dishes my mother would make. And that’s exactly what I wanted to do for my family on that day – not feed them fudge, but build a memory.
It’s reminiscent of how my grandmother may have made fudge. It takes a tad longer, but as with many things, it’s so very worth the wait. This fudge is far superior to any other fudge I’ve made and it’s tucked safely in my arsenal.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I used creamy)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- In large saucepan bring brown and white sugar and milk to a boil
- Stir in peanut butter
- Reduce heat to medium
- Bring back to a boil stirring constantly
- Remove from heat when mixture is at soft ball stage (when dripped into cold water it forms a ball)
- Stir butter and vanilla into mixture stirring vigorously until fudge hardens (this takes 10 min or so)
- Pour fudge onto waxed paper lined cutting board
- Cut with knife when cooled
If you’re having any doubts about taking the extra few minutes for this fudge than some of the quicker versions, let me push you over the edge: It will put you in peanut butter heaven I can guarantee!
Do you have any other fudge flavors that are a favorite? Any unique fudges you can share with us? We’d love to learn from you!