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Gooey Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

by Andrea Updyke

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Delicious, gooey peanut butter fudge is so good and surprisingly easy to make. Freeze it and pack it up for your next road trip snack!

I try not to tell too many stories when I post recipes but there is no way I can add peanut butter fudge to this site without explaining why it’s such a classic for me. 

My grandmother (on my dad’s side) was less than 5 feet tall and hearing impaired yet she was a FORCE to be reckoned with and boy could she cook. 

Friends and family all over remember her delicious breakfasts and of course, peanut butter fudge, which she brought to us on every visit and holiday. 

Peanut Butter Fudge Squares

One summer, my family took an epic road trio from Florida to New England.

Grandma’s instructions to us as she handed over a Tupperware full of fudge, were to eat a piece each time we crossed a state line. 

At the age of 10 or 11, I thought this was the best idea ever! But as we started going through those tiny northern states, we were all begging to stop eating fudge. 

My dad wasn’t having it. Grandma said eat the fudge and eat the fudge we did! 

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I love that memory and it’s a reminder of how closely food can be connected to our life stories.

Not everything I eat has that emotional side, but this dessert sure does and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge Ingredients

Fudge is mostly sugar, so let’s get that right out of the way.

Add some peanut butter, milk, corn syrup and butter and all you need is some heat. 

pour fudge

The tricky thing about fudge is you don’t want it to burn but you do need to boil it for at least 5 minutes. 

You’ll need to keep stirring while it boils to be sure it doesn’t scorch on the bottom of the pan. 

Gooey fudge

Then, when you remove it from the heat, you’ll need to set it into a shallow dish with cold water and stir again for another 5 minutes as it thickens.

Pour it into an 8×8 dish and let it sit for at least 4 hours, overnight if possible. You can either butter your dish or add parchment paper before pouring the fudge. 

I skipped the paper this time and I wished I hadn’t. It’s much easier to slice when it’s removed from the dish!

Peanut Butter Fudge Cooling

Can you Freeze Peanut Butter Fudge?

Peanut butter fudge can be frozen in an air tight container for several weeks, though it never lasts that long for me. 

Some people recommend wrapping each piece individually, but unless you really plan to keep it a long time, I think that is unnecessary. 

Freeze Peanut Butter Fudge (1)

This fudge is on the gooey side, so I do recommend adding a piece of wax paper between each layer to avoid sticking together as it never fully freezes solid. 

Gooey Peanut Butter Fudge

I love this treat for summer but it would make a great holiday gift too! I mean really, is there ever a bad time for fudge? 

For more tasty desserts, check out these recipes: 

Gooey Peanut Butter Fudge

Gooey Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Delicious gooey peanut butter fudge makes a delicious dessert or gifted treat. Easy to make with just 5 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP Peanut Butter (heaping)
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Corn Syrup
  • 2 TBSP Butter

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and boil on medium, stirring
  2. Set pan in cold water for another 5 minutes and continue to stir
  3. Spread in buttered or lined 8x8 pan
  4. Let set for 4 hours or more
  5. Slice and enjoy!

Notes

Store fudge at room temperature if planning to eat right away or freeze in airtight container for several weeks.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.
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