Dive into the heavenly swirls of our Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – where rich chocolate meets the creamy embrace of peanut butter. A tantalizing treat that's both indulgent and easy to make.
There's something truly magical about combining the rich flavors of chocolate and peanut butter. Our Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge captures this essence perfectly and with such ease that you’ll be reaching for this recipe every time that sweet craving strikes.
Chocolate and peanut butter, a timeless duo celebrated in candies, cakes, and even shakes. This fudge, however, takes the spotlight when it comes to sheer indulgence.
Ideal for festive holidays like Christmas or Easter, it's a sure-shot way to impress your loved ones.
This recipe gives the classic fudge a contemporary twist, while still holding on to the age-old charm of traditional fudges.
One of the best parts of this peanut butter chocolate fudge, is no candy thermometer! That's right. No need for measuring any temperatures.
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What You'll Love About This Recipe
- The blend of semi-sweet chocolate chips and Reese's Peanut Butter Baking Chips creates a rich, flavorful base.
- The combination of chocolate and white frosting adds extra creaminess and a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
- This recipe offers the classic, indulgent taste of peanut butter chocolate fudge without the need for a candy thermometer, making this a quick and easy fudge recipe.
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: These provide the rich, deep flavor that makes our fudge truly stand out. When shopping, opt for a brand that has a higher cocoa content to ensure that deep chocolatey taste.
Chocolate Frosting: The secret to our fudge's creamy texture. Look for a brand that is rich and dense, not too airy. A quality frosting will have a robust chocolate flavor without being overly sweet.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Baking Chips: These are what infuse our fudge with that iconic peanut buttery goodness. When purchasing, ensure that peanut butter is a primary ingredient and not just an artificial flavoring.
White Frosting: This not only adds sweetness but acts as the perfect binder for our fudge, giving it that delightful melt-in-the-mouth feel. Go for a frosting that has a smooth texture and isn’t overly gritty.
- 8x8 Baking Pan: This size is ideal for achieving the perfect fudge thickness. But, if you don’t have one, you can also use a 9x9 pan for slightly thinner fudge.
- Parchment Paper: Essential to ensure your fudge doesn’t stick. Wax paper can be an alternative, but parchment is preferred.
- Microwave-Safe Mixing Bowls: Two medium-sized ones will do. If you don’t own microwave-safe bowls, melt ingredients using a double boiler.
- Rubber Spatula: Helps to ensure no goodness gets left behind. A wooden spoon can also be used in a pinch.
Preparation: Begin by lining your 8x8 or 9x9 pan with parchment paper. This ensures your delicious peanut butter dessert is easy to remove later.
Melting the Chips: Starting with the peanut butter fudge, put all the peanut butter chips into one bowl.
In a separate bowl, put all of the chocolate chips.
Microwave each bowl for up to two minutes, but be sure to stop it every 30 seconds to stir it and making sure it doesn't burn.
The melted chips should look like the peanut butter mixture below.
Next, unseal both frosting cans. Microwave each for about a minute till they become a bit runny.
For the peanut butter mixture, add in the white frosting to the melted peanut butter chips.
Mix with a silicon spatial until the peanut butter mixture is silky and smooth.
Next, mix the melted chocolate mixture with the chocolate frosting until it reaches the same smooth consistency.
Swirl Magic: Pour each mixture into your pan, alternating them to create that signature swirled effect.
Set and Forget: Give your pan a gentle tap to release any trapped air bubbles. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours.
The Grand Reveal: Remove, slice into delightful 1-inch squares, and let the indulgence begin!
When microwaving your ingredients, always use 50% power. It ensures even melting without scorching.
For an even more luxurious touch, consider adding a pinch of sea salt on top before chilling. It beautifully contrasts the sweetness.
While making the swirls, don’t overdo it. Over mixing might cause the two flavors to completely blend and you'll lose that swirled aesthetic.
Before slicing the fudge, let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes. This ensures cleaner cuts.
Always use a sharp knife when cutting to get those perfect squares without them falling apart.
- For a healthier twist, you can use dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.
- If Reese’s peanut butter baking chips aren't available, you can use other peanut butter flavored chips.
- Strawberry Fudge: Consider adding strawberry puree for a fruity twist. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.
- Coconut Fudge: Add shredded coconut for an exotic tropical flair.
- 2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge: Want to keep it simple? Combine peanut butter and white frosting.
- Vanilla Fudge: Omit the chocolate ingredients and add some vanilla essence for a classic flavor.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- 1 Package semi sweet chocolate chips 10 ounces
- 1 Can Chocolate Frosting 16 ounces
- 1 Package Reese’s Peanut Butter Baking Chips 10 Ounces
- 1 Can White Frosting 16 Ounces
- Line pan with parchment.
- Melt peanut butter & chocolate chips separately, 2 minutes each.
- Microwave both frostings for 1 minute each.
- Mix each frosting with its respective melted chip.
- Alternate pouring mixtures into pan. Chill 4 hours.
- Cut into 1-inch squares. Enjoy!
Fridge Storage: The best place for preserving your Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge’s freshness is in the refrigerator. When storing, ensure each piece is not sticking to another by placing parchment paper between layers. In an airtight container, this method will keep your fudge fresh and creamy for up to 2 weeks. Before consuming, let the fudge sit out for a few minutes to reach optimal eating temperature.
Freezer Storage: If you're looking to save the fudge for much later (or for those unexpected sweet tooth cravings), consider freezing it. To avoid any freezer burn or the pieces sticking together, wrap each piece individually in cling wrap and then place them in a sealed bag or container. This will keep your fudge at its best for up to 3 months. When you're ready to enjoy, just pull out your desired amount and let them thaw for about 30 minutes.
Reheating: While this fudge is typically best enjoyed at room temperature or cold, some folks love the gooeyness of a slightly warmed piece. If you fall in that category, pop a piece in the microwave for just 10-15 seconds. But be cautious, over-microwaving might cause the fudge to become too soft or melt.
Pantry Storage: If you don't have space in your fridge or simply prefer not to refrigerate, you can store the fudge in a cool pantry. Place them in an airtight container with parchment paper separating layers to avoid sticking. In such conditions, they'll stay fresh for up to 5 days. Just make sure the pantry is away from direct sunlight or any heat source, as this can cause the fudge to soften too much.
f you don't have a microwave, the double boiler method is a great alternative. Simply place your ingredients in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir continuously until the ingredients melt.
Absolutely! This fudge makes an excellent gift. Once set, place the pieces in a decorative box or tin lined with parchment paper for a personal touch.
For an extra glossy finish, you can brush a thin layer of melted chocolate over the top before chilling.
White chocolate chips can be used for a creamier, sweeter variant. You might want to adjust the amount of frosting slightly to balance out the sweetness.