• Donna McDonald

Fudge (and variations)

Updated: Mar 9


DOUBLE DECKER FUDGE


I got the original recipe from the Reese's peanut butter chips bag. Over the years of my making this fudge, I have experimented with several variations that will follow this original recipe.


2 c (12 oz pkg) Reese’s peanut butter chips, divided

¼ c butter, melted

½ c cocoa

1 tsp vanilla

4 ½ c sugar

1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow crème

1 ½ c (12 oz can) evaporated milk

¼ c butter


Line a 13x9x2-inch pan with foil. Place 1 cup peanut butter chips in medium bowl; set aside. In second medium bowl, blend ¼ cup melted butter, cocoa and vanilla until smooth; add 1 cup peanut butter chips.


In heavy 4-quart saucepan, combine sugar, marshmallow crème, evaporated milk and ¼ cup butter. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil; boil and stir 5 minutes.


Remove from heat. Immediately add half of hot mixture to bowl with peanut butter chips only. Pour remainder into cocoa mixture; stir to blend.


Beat peanut butter mixture until chips are completely melted; spread evenly in prepared pan.


Beat cocoa mixture until chips are melted and mixture thickens. Spread evenly over top of peanut butter layer.


Cool; remove from pan. Remove foil; cut into squares. Store in airtight container in a cool, dry place.


About 4 lbs


CHOCOLATE FUDGE


Replace the peanut butter chips with semi-sweet chocolate chips and use one bowl instead of two.


I love making this with Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips and Special Dark cocoa for a dark, rich fudge.


CHOCOLATE FUDGE WITH WALNUTS


I made this at the request of my sister, Gwynn. I eyeballed the amount of walnuts I added so feel free to do the same.


Make the fudge as above for chocolate fudge. Add 1 cup walnuts to the mixture before pouring it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle a handful of walnuts over the top.


CHOCOLATE FUDGE WITH HEATH BITS


I made this at the request of my sister, Gwynn, for a dear friend, Bobby Champion. He loves Heath bars so we gave him a twist on his favorite candy.


Make the fudge as above for chocolate fudge. Using one bag of Heath bits, add 2/3 of the bag to the mixture before pouring it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the rest of the Heath bits over the top.


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