Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (No Candy Thermometer)


Chocolate peanut butter fudge made without a candy thermometer. Melt, add sugar, and cool until firm.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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. I found the fudge VERY addicting and may or may not have had it for breakfast.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter 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.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
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1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter*
1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, cut into 8 tablespoons
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line an 8x8 or a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water), melt together the chocolate and peanut butter. Add the butter and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Remove the bowl from pan. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla until well blended (you may need to use some muscle as it'll thicken up). Spread the batter into the pan and cool until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight (you can store in the refrigerator to speed up the process). Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


*The peanut butter I used had nuts and granola in it, so that's why my fudge has nuts. Feel free to use crunchy peanut butter or add chopped peanuts.

Source: Adapted from Peanut Butter Planet

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  1. I’m not entering the giveaway, but wanted to say that every Christmas my wife makes me make fudge. And sometimes during the year. I’m going to surprise her and make your easy version! Love it!

  2. Anna Gongaware says:

    My family and I have campfires down near our pond during the warm summer nights. We’ve tried different variations of s’mores (including adding a layer of peanut butter), but adding Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut Peanut Butter would make the s’mores extra jam-packed with flavor!

  3. That fudge looks awesome!! My thing that I keep failing at is chicken noodle soup…it’s always so bland! Aghhhh!

    That pb is tempting, but I have like….a million jars of it so I’ll opt out this time :P

  4. All I can think about is slathering it on an English Muffin. YUM.

  5. I’d love to try this peanut butter in peanut butter cookies and maybe as a filling for a chocolate cake. Chocolate and peanut butter go so well together! Especially in chocolate peanut butter brownies! And of course I’m going to be trying your fudge! I love trying new products, so would love to win a jar of this peanut butter to try.

  6. What a crazy delicious nut butter! I want to mix it into banana bread.

  7. I tweeted about the giveaway @thespiffycookie

  8. I would make granola bars!

  9. If there is one way to make fudge better, I think the answer is peanut butter. YUM!

  10. God, I love peanut butter! delicious recipe :)
    And this NUT-rition sounds great, unfortunately I am not from USA.. I can only look and be jealous ;)

  11. Oh my!! That looks amazing. I love peanut butter and chocolate. And not needing a candy thermometer? How cool is that? Looks amazing. thanks for sharing.

  12. Ttrockwood says:

    I would use it in my bran muffin recipe and to put ontop of my apple as a snack!

  13. I would use this on top of my oats in the morning or simply try it on some toast :) Yum!

  14. I am following JimAtPlanters and I tweeted! My twitter handle is @Andrea13T

  15. Love chocolate/pb combo- this fudge looks fabulous!

  16. yum! I haven’t had fudge in YEARS! Thinki would make this recipe with that peanut butter! Or add it to some banana muffins!

  17. I would add it to my morning oatmeal and baked oatmeal! Delicious and filling =)

  18. Ooh, I think I’d like to make peanut butter oatmeal cookies (talk about texture!). And maybe a good ol’ PB&J sandwich too. :)

  19. I just tweeted the giveaway as well! :) @chipchiphooray

  20. pb cookies!

  21. Yummmmm! I think I’d try making peanut butter cups with it!

  22. this looks divine, I love peanut butter

  23. I’d make brownies with peanut butter swirls!

  24. I would make that fudge!!! Yum!

  25. This looks super easy, only question I had was could I just make ‘plain’ peanut butter fudge with this?

  26. I’m a teenager with 0 baking experience and I made this for my boyfriend for our anniversary and it came out so well!! All the ingredients are easy to acquire. I didn’t have to go out and buy anything, which was great. I didn’t have chunky peanut butter, only smooth, so i put some chopped peanuts in with the peanut butter and that worked just fine.

  27. Now this is a fudge recipe I think I could actually do right haha

  28. I can not make home made biscuits as hard as I have tried. They always come out either to flat or hard as a rock!

  29. Oh I did not see the question about what would I make with NUTrition Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut Peanut Butter, I thought you were asking what we could not make as hard as we tried. I would make a cake and use it as the filling, YUMMY!!

  30. Tweeted @saphiresandiamo
    PS can you mail me some of that fudge. PLEASE!!!! :) ;)

  31. This fudge looks so good, besides recreating this recipe I would love to use the PB in some decadent cookies.

  32. I would make this fudge, it sounds delicious!

  33. Hi Moosey, I tweeted. :) @meganscookin

  34. Carla, this fudge sounds fabulous, so glad you shared it at the Peanut butter/chocolate round-up! Pinned. I’d probably try my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe to see the taste difference.

  35. Theresa Rothweiler says:

    Oh…do I have to make something? I can’t eat it out of the jar? Well how about the chocolate no bake cookies and instead of using plain peanut butter, use this instead. Or I make home made peanut butter cups and using this would make them awesome!

  36. I would make a NUTrition Cinnamon Raisin Granola Nut Peanut Butter cheesecake!

  37. I tweeted this giveaway!!/keshakeke

  38. I would try the peanut butter on pancakes! yummmmm

  39. Peanut Butter Sandwiches! Maybe also fudge!
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  40. I follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA and I tweeted
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  41. Michelle Bowers says:

    I am thinking I would have to make this yummy looking fudge and some peanut butter cookies!!

  42. oh my – this fudge looks sinfullly delicious.

  43. Molly Smith says:

    It looks like the fudge has nuts. Where do they come in in the recipe? Thanks.


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