What’s the one thing you’re not good at? That one thing that no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to succeed very well? That one thing that drives you to cheating because you cannot get it right? No, I’m not talking about pie. I haven’t talked about this in a long time, mainly because I’m trying to block out the images of failure and defeat. And I bet it’s something you never expected – fudge. That’s right. I cannot make fudge. I’m talking homemade fudge, real fudge made using a candy thermometer. I’m talking pumpkin fudge, rocky road fudge, more rocky road fudge, and Oreo fudge. I sorta succeeded with one type of fudge, but the others? Pumpkin fudge was the worst. The pumpkin makes fudge making extra finicky due to the moisture level. And of course that’s the first fudge I’ve ever tried to attempt. Epic. Fail. So instead of giving up completely, I cheated with this Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. There’s no candy thermometer. There’s no constant baby sitting. Just you melting stuff in a bowl, adding sugar, and chilling until perfection.
I am also giving away 5 jars of Planter’s NUTrition Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut Peanut Butter. Details are at the end after the recipe.
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge gets its name from melting together semisweet chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter without a need for a candy thermometer. Although chocolate and peanut butter is a classic combination I will never pass up, I made the duo even better by using flavored peanut butter.
Recently, I got the opportunity to review a new peanut butter on the market – Planter’s NUTrition Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut Peanut Butter. This is peanut butter amped up with different mix-ins. These extra mix-ins provide an additional energy boost, making the peanut butter nutrient dense (hence the name NUTrition. Get it?). At first I was a bit skeptical. Peanut butter with extra nutritional value? Usually when you add stuff for additional energy boost, they either don’t taste very well or they have extra crap that is worse for you than the original product. Cinnamon raisin isn’t one of my top flavor choices either, but I tried it anyway. I can honestly say I prefer this over regular peanut butter any day because that extra flavor boost makes it that much better. I wanted to use it in all of my peanut butter recipes, including peanut-butter stuffed cookies that are coming up next week (I didn’t because the jar is almost empty!).
The extra kick of cinnamon, raisin, and granola elevated the fudge with layers of flavor without having to mess with the recipe. I find the fudge VERY addicting and may or may not have had it for breakfast. Hey, I used healthy, nutrient dense peanut butter. It’s allowed for breakfast. Planter’s also has banana granola nut and berry nut. Oh man I can’t wait to make this fudge using banana granola nut peanut butter. Chocolate, peanut butter, AND banana? Yes please!
For the fudge, I find melting the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter in steps is much easier than throwing everything in a bowl and waiting for it all to melt. I recommend the stove top method where you fill a pan with water, bring to boil, place a heat-proof bowl on top, add the ingredients into the bowl, then stir until melted. If you happen to have a humongous microwave-safe bowl, you can melt everything in the microwave. However, you need a big bowl, so stove top is best. When you add the sugar, 1 cup seems like a lot for a 9×9 pan. However, you need a high amount so the batter thickens enough and doesn’t end up a goopy mess after chilling (been there, done that, I’ll save you the tears). Although fudge is meant to be super sweet, so if you’re making fudge, you probably at this point accepted that it should be eaten in moderation.
Of course if you don’t have flavored peanut butter, you can easily make this fudge with plain peanut butter. You can even add in your own cinnamon, raisins, granola, and even chopped peanuts to the batter.
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into tablespoons
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Lightly grease a 9×9 square baking pan. Set aside.
- Bring a saucepan of water to a steady simmer. Place a heat-proof bowl on top of the water (do not let the bottom of the bowl actually touch the water. You just want the steam to heat the bowl). Add the chocolate first to the bowl and stir until almost smooth. Add the peanut butter and stir until almost smooth. Add the butter and stir until completely smooth.
- Turn off the heat and remove the bowl. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla until well blended. Scrape the batter into the baking pan and cool until firm. Cut into 25 squares. Keep refrigerated.
Source: Peanut Butter Planet
The giveaway is now closed. The winners were Andrea, Myranda, Kesha, Tara, and Theresa. Thanks to all who entered!
Disclosure: I was given one jar of NUTrition Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut Peanut Butter to review. Planter’s will mail out a jar of peanut butter to 5 individual winners. I was not further compensated for this post and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and photographs are mine.