It’s National Peanut Butter Fudge Day! When did this glorious food holiday start, and why am I just hearing about it now?!? A whole day to celebrate peanut butter fudge? Yes, please! So, I did a little bit of a happy dance when I found out about this last night, and I immediately hit the kitchen to whip up a quick batch.
Anybody who really knows me knows that fudge is a huge weakness for me. Mostly chocolate fudge (and my recipe for that is coming soon, too!), but I don’t say no to fudge of any kind. Unfortunately, every fudge recipe I remember seeing as a kid was always full of marshmallow fluff. Yes, those fluff-based fudge recipes are good, and I know they’re kind of the mainstream “easy” recipes. But, this recipe brings it back to basics without the need for the thermometer and all that.
Before you make this recipe, you’ll want to have all of the ingredients measured out and ready. You’ll also want to line your eight or nine inch square pan with foil. I’m not kidding – this comes together SO fast. The longest part of THIS fudge recipe is waiting for it to cool. And the best part? Only FIVE ingredients! Do you have a tried-and-true family recipe for fudge? Do you make a lot of it during the holidays? We’d love to hear about it! Leave us a comment and share your story.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy – your choice!)
- Combine the granulated sugar and milk in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Stir it just until the sugar is incorporated into the milk, then leave it alone.
- When the mixture comes to a boil (as soon as you start seeing consistent bubbles), start a timer for about 2 and a half minutes. Don’t stir – you don’t want to disrupt the sugar crystals.
- Remove the pot from the heat, add the salt, vanilla and peanut butter.
- Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon just until the peanut butter is melted and mixed throughout, a minute or two.
- Pour the fudge mixture into the pan and smooth the top. Put the pan on a cooling rack to set and cool completely. It usually takes a couple of hours.