Several years ago David, my dad and I visited Scotland. We took the train from London, where my dad was living at the time, to Edinburgh, where we rented a car and set out for the north. We had a wonderful trip and one of my favorite memories was when we ducked into a tiny candy shop in a little village and bought well over a pound of fudge. Back on the road, several hours later I asked if I could have a piece, but, much to my dismay, I discovered that my dad and David had eaten it all. Thankfully I had the foresight to try a small piece in the store before we left.
Fudge is something that I have always loved. My favorite fudge in the whole world comes from a store in Estes Park, Colorado called Laura’s (the chocolate peanut butter is the best ever). I’ve never attempted peanut butter fudge, but I decided to give it a go. The final result may not be Laura’s, but it’s not bad. It would make a great, easy homemade Christmas gift.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis’ Recipe for Cinnamon Chocolate Fudge here
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 1 ¼ cups)
- 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- Butter the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch square cake pan and line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the top of a double boiler (or you could use a medium sized glass or metal bowl) set over simmering water, combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter.
- Mix continuously until all of the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla peanut butter.
- Stir until completely combined and immediately pour into prepared dish.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Holding onto the parchment paper, remove fudge from cake pan and onto a cutting board (while keeping the fudge on the parchment paper.
- Using a warm, clean knife cut the fudge into desired shapes and serve immediately or store, refrigerated or frozen, in an airtight container.