Match Made in Heaven

31 Oct

There are so many things that pair perfectly with chocolate…… chocolate and nuts, chocolate and caramel, chocolate and pretzels, chocolate and mint, chocolate and more chocolate…. But I’m not sure if any of them can beat chocolate and peanut butter. It’s a match made in heaven. When I saw a peanut butter fudge recipe on bakerella.com, I KNEW it would be amazing. If you like Reese’s candy (and who doesn’t?!?!?) I guarantee you will love this. It’s easy to make, but it does require your constant attention. You don’t want the mixture to scorch. Here’s the link to the full recipe: http://www.bakerella.com/peanut-butter-fudge/

Here are the things you will need: sugar,margarine, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, peanut butter, vanilla, and marshmallow creme.

Start by heating the sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk until it comes to a boil.

This needs to boil (on medium) for 4 minutes. These four minutes are not a time for any multi-tasking. You want to stir this constantly while boiling, because if you don’t it could scorch.

After the 4 minutes are up, remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. The mixture will be pretty thick once the chips are added.

Once all the chips are melted, pour it into a mixing bowl and add the vanilla and marshmallow creme and mix it together.

Pour this mixture into a greased  pan. The recipe says to use a 9×13 inch pan. However, in the future I will use a smaller pan. The fudge was VERY good, but it was pretty flat. I think a nice thick piece of fudge looks much nicer. 🙂

Now rewind and start back at the beginning. Combine the sugar, margarine and evaporated milk, boil for 4 minutes, and then remove from heat. The only difference this time is that you’re adding creamy peanut butter in the place of the chocolate chips. Once the peanut butter is incorporated, transfer to a mixing bowl and add the vanilla and marshmallow creme.

Pour this batch right on top of the chocolate batch and let it cool to room temperature.

That’s all there is to it! Once it’s cool, just cut into squares.

See what I mean about it being flat though? I cut this into fairly large pieces since it wasn’t very thick.  But next time when I use a smaller pan, I’ll cut smaller squares. I hope you take the time to try this! Christmas will be here before you know it, and this is a perfect fudgy treat to share with friends and family. Of course, you don’t have to wait until then. 😉

Next up: Chocolate cupcakes with mint icing

Random Thought of the Day: What was the best Halloween costume you’ve seen? Super Mario Brothers were pretty popular in my neighborhood. I saw 3 sets!

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