This fudge takes constant vigilance, but it is worth the effort. A rich, creamy, traditional recipe, without marshmallow cream or brown sugar. To make other flavors, replace peanut butter with white chocolate chips and any flavor extract of your choice.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch square pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray a 9x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

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  • Mix evaporated milk and sugar together in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until syrup reaches 234 degrees F (110 degrees C), 5 to 7 minutes. A teaspoon of hot syrup dropped into a glass of cold water should form a soft ball of candy.

  • Remove from heat and immediately stir in peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract. Stir constantly until fudge is smooth and thick. Pour fudge into prepared pan. Let cool before slicing into squares.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 7.5g 15% DV; carbohydrates 49.1g 16% DV; fat 14.2g 22% DV; cholesterol 11.7mg 4% DV; sodium 138.9mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2014
This recipe makes perfect fudge. My coworkers were thrilled. Thank you for posting such a great recipe. You may want to review some how to cook fudge videos online if you're a beginner like me. But my second batch was perfect. Home run delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/19/2020
Consistency was too soft Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2014
This recipe makes perfect fudge. My coworkers were thrilled. Thank you for posting such a great recipe. You may want to review some how to cook fudge videos online if you're a beginner like me. But my second batch was perfect. Home run delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2017
I haven't made fudge for many years; I was just looking for something to make this weekend that only used ingredients I had on hand. I can see why the recipe instructs to use a large heavy bottom pan as the product would boil over if the pan isn't deep enough. I don't own a candy thermometer but just used the soft ball method. This is a quick and easy recipe. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2015
Very easy recipe for fudge. It does take longer than 5 - 7 minutes to reach the soft ball stage and be sure to stir it hard at the end when you add the peanut butter to make it creamy. I used the full fat evaporated milk and it has a very nice smooth texture. Not too sweet for fudge. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
I think I must of had beginners luck because it was my first time and it turned out. I ended up doing about 13 minutes of a rolIing boil. I don't have a candy thermometer so used the soft ball method. I do think it could use a little more peanut butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2015
Definitely takes longer than 5 - 7 minutes to get to soft ball stage...but well worth the time and effort. This fudge is delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2014
This came out very nice and creamy yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2018
While I was stirring the hell out of this to get it to the right consistency-which took much longer than 5-7-I said to my son. "This better be the best freaking fudge I've ever tasted." I just had a piece and yeah it is definitely right up there with the best. It's rich and creamy peanut buttery sweet but not sickeningly so. It's more time consuming than many recipes for fudge I've made but it's definitely worth the extra time. I didn't use a thermometer I used a slotted metal spoon and cooked it until the milk and sugar was thick enough to coat the spoon but also allow for the mixture to slowly seep through. LIke others have said you really should have a good size heavy pot because it will boil over and make a huge mess. I used a 2 qt heavy stainless steel pot and it was almost good enough to have no boil over...almost. Instead of cooking spray I used wax paper. I didn't change anything for the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2017
Smoothest PB Fudge from scent to swallow. Use a pot much larger that you will need so this can get its full boil. Needs fridge to set. I love this recipe and will never part with it. I don't care much for the recipes that call for marshmallow or brown sugar. This is pure peanut butter delicacy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2019
I must have done something seriously wrong because mine is a goopy mess. Won’t solidify, so I had to freeze it in order to cut it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/19/2020
Consistency was too soft Read More