Yesterday was National Peanut Butter Day. Peanut butter is a staple in our house. The kids love it, I love it. And it’s a great addition to things like our Elvis Muffins and peanut butter fudge. We use peanut butter in our smoothies, and as a spread on apple slices, too. And, we just recently discovered the fabulous JIF peanut powder that’s worked phenomenally well in our chocolate peanut zucchini bread. With all of those options, is it any wonder it was such a great choice for this Buckeye Fudge?
When Chris and I were talking about creating something to mark the day, we started talking about what kinds of things we could make for the day, we started talking about buckeye candies. What’s a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate, right? That was our inspiration for this candy.
We have already shared with you our favorite peanut butter fudge recipe as well as our chocolate fudge. I took those two recipes together to try to create a layered fudge that would give us the combination we were looking for. In all honesty, it turned out WAY too sweet. Then, I started thinking about it and realized that the chocolate fudge needed to be a little bit more bitter. I adjusted the recipe to make a dark chocolate fudge recipe that is fantastic. It hardens a bit more than the traditional fudge, giving it a nice snap.
Make the chocolate fudge first, and let it set up in the pan before you make the peanut butter one. The peanut butter fudge comes together so quick and easy that you don’t need a lot of lead time for it. If you like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and you’re a fudge fan, you’ve got to try this! The flavors go really well together. And, the dark chocolate fudge makes a great treat all by itself!!!
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2/ 3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1/ 4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons butter, sliced
- 1 batch Quick and Easy Five Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
- Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt in a large saucepan.
- Heat the mixture over medium to medium-high heat to 234 degrees on your candy thermometer.
- Remove the pan from the heat, then add the vanilla and butter slices.
- Let it rest, untouched, until the thermometer reads 110 degrees.
- Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until the butter is incorporated and it just starts to lose its shine.
- Spread the fudge into the pan and let it set to harden for at least an hour.
- Once it sets up, make a batch of Quick and Easy Five Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge and spread it over the top.
- Let the whole thing set for two hours, or until cool to the touch on the top and bottom.
- Cut in small squares and just try to resist eating the whole thing!