Sunday, July 8, 2012

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

This recipe SO does not go with the flow of most everything else we eat.  But, it's a favorite I will probably never stop making.  I've loved peanut fudge for as long as I can remember.  In fact, I actually have a memory of being about 5 years old and my mom made some peanut butter fudge and left me and my 2 older brothers in the kitchen while she got dressed for church.  My brothers thought it would be funny to let me eat as much as I could.  I ate about 1/4 of the pan.  My mom was not amused.

I could seriously probably eat an entire pan of peanut butter fudge if I wasn't afraid of getting sick.  IF it's soft and yummy.  I don't like hard crumbly fudge.  I'm pretty picky about my fudge, in fact.  This recipe started out as one I got from a cookbook about 15 years ago and I've altered it so much that it looks practically nothing like the original.  I guess that's what we are supposed to do, isn't it?  Change a recipe bit by bit until it's perfectly the way we love it?  Well, this is mine for peanut butter fudge.  I normally am not all about brand names, but in this case, I've tried many many many different versions and varieties and this is truly the best combination of flavors and moistness for this recipe.

4 cups sugar
1 1/3 cup of whole milk
1 - 16.3 ounce jar of creamy peanut butter (Skippy is my preferred for this fudge)
1 - 7 ounce jar of Jet Puff marshmallow fluff
1 - 10-12 ounce package of Reese's peanut butter chips
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

In a large pan with lightly greased sides and bottom add your milk and sugar and stir.  Turn on heat to medium high.  Stir occasionally.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 8 minutes stirring every so often.  In the meantime, lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.  When the boil time is up, remove from heat, add all remaining ingredients and stir vigorously until well blended.  I add the peanut butter chips first so they mostly melt, but they do leave the occasional lump in the fudge and I love that!  Anyway, I add the chips first, then the fluff, then the peanut butter, then the vanilla.  It doesn't HAVE to be in that order!  I'm just sharing what I do.  :)  Once it is well incorporated, pour into your waiting pan and let cool.

Lick the pan and spoon while you wait.  Or let the kids do it!  If your kids are anything like mine they will probably be standing at your feet like little birds begging for a nibble anyway and it's a great way to get them out of your hair for a minute.  I hand them the pan and they run to the table with it and they clean that thing til it almost shines!  In the meantime I stand there salivating while I stare at the pan of warm gooey fudge and sometimes just can't wait til it cools before I grab a spoon and dig a bite out.  It is just so delish!  Enjoy!

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