Creamy and rich, this chocolate peanut butter fudge is so easy to make. You only need three ingredients and most of the work is done by the microwave! You can’t go wrong combining two classic flavors like chocolate and peanut butter. This fudge is ideal for the holidays—perfect to add to your dessert table at home or even nicer to make as gifts for teachers, friends, and family.
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Making fudge is an annual ritual for me. I love to have some on hand to share with friends who drop by. Also fudge is so nice to package up in a festive box and have ready to give as gifts around the holidays. Let’s get in to how to create this chocolate peanut butter fudge in your kitchen!
Can you make fudge with three ingredients?
Yes! You can make fudge with only three ingredients! Fudge comes in all flavors and this version highlights chocolate and peanut butter. Sweetened condensed milk is the ingredient that gives the fudge its creamy texture and holds it together.
How do you combine peanut butter and chocolate in this recipe?
Chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination. In this fudge recipe, the chocolate is melted with half of the sweetened condensed milk. The peanut butter is separately melted with the remaining condensed milk.
You may build the chocolate and peanut butter fudge in two distinct layers with a solid layer of one and then the other. Alternatively you can make one solid layer of chocolate, which is what I chose to do, then add the peanut butter and swirl it in. I like the bottom layer of chocolate because it is a firm foundation and the creamy peanut butter layer sits beautifully on top.
Another idea for creating swirls is to add scoops of the chocolate then the peanut butter using either an ice cream scoop or a large spoon. This method is similar to how you might create swirls in a bundt cake. Alternate the flavors then take a knife and go back and forth to mix them together.
And yet another option is to melt the peanut butter and the chocolate together with all of the sweetened condensed milk to have one uniform layer that is a mixture of the two flavors.
Can you use the microwave to make fudge?
Yes! The microwave is a great tool to use here in this fudge recipe. It cuts your prep down to nearly nothing (honestly, less than 10 minutes start to finish and if you really were in a hurry I bet you could make this fudge in 5-6 minutes). Plan ahead, though, as this fudge will need time in the refrigerator to set up.
No microwave? No problem. Heat the ingredients in two small saucepans on the stove top.
Can I add anything else to this fudge?
Add-ins to fudge are a fun way to customize your fudge and to make unique homemade gifts. Here are some suggestions:
- Shredded Coconut
- Dried cherries
- Dried mangoes
- White chocolate chips
- Butterscotch chips
- Candy (leftover Halloween candy anyone?)
Step by Step: How to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- Prepare the pan with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray
- Melt the chocolate chips with ½ of the sweetened condensed milk
- Combine the peanut butter with the remaining sweetened condensed milk. Microwave.
- Layer the melted chocolate and melted peanut butter mixtures in the prepared pan.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
Expert Tips: How to slice fudge
- Fudge slices best with a sharp chef’s knife.
- Cold fudge slices more easily. Do not let the fudge come to room temperature before cutting.
- Warm your knife first: run your knife under hot water from the tap. Dry off the knife with a clean cloth. Use the warmed knife to slice through the cold fudge.
Let’s make more fudge!
My cookie butter fudge is always popular, especially around the holidays. Yes, cookie butter is a Trader Joe’s specialty, although I’ve noticed it in other stores and brands. Making cookie butter fudge follows this same easy microwave technique.
Chocolate fudge with dried cherries is a creative twist to brighten up your traditional, plain fudge. What other ideas do you have to make your own fudge?
And although this recipe for oatmeal fudge bars is not a traditional fudge recipe, it is one of my most popular posts and I know you’ll love it too!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- Prepare an 8 by 8 pan with aluminum foil. Spray with baking spray.
- In a microwave safe container, combine the peanut butter and half of the sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on half power for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
- In a second microwave safe container, combine the chocolate chips and the remaining sweetened condensed milk. Stir until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. Pour or scoop out the peanut butter mixture on top. Spread evenly. Take a knife, spray it with baking spray, then run it through the two layers to combine, creating swirls.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours. Cut into squares to serve. Store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.
- I used smooth peanut butter, but you could also use chunky peanut butter to add texture.
- Dark chocolate would be wonderful, too! Use any type of chocolate chips that you’d like.
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