This is a small batch chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe made with just a few minutes of hands-on time. All you need are some peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, premium chocolate baking bar like Ghiradelli's, can of sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla paste or extract.
One thing I love about this fudge is I can keep the ingredients on hand in my pantry and satisfy my sweet tooth in no time at all.
Growing up, Mom would make fudge using a rather complicated process involving Hershey's Cocoa a glass of cold water. I still love to make the Hershey's fudge when I'm feeling nostalgic, but mostly I stick with this creamy fudge recipe.
Why you should make fudge on the stovetop instead of the microwave?
I prefer using the stovetop and a saucier pan for better control when melting the chocolate. Stirring in a circular motion to combine the chocolate and condensed milk is actually quicker and less messy than melting in a microwave.
What you need:
Chocolate chips - Regular Nestle chocolate chips are fine, it's also fine to use any brand you prefer.
Premium Chocolate Bar - I'm partial to the Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate bar, it has a creamy clean chocolate flavor. Good quality baking chocolate is easily found in your local grocery store.
Creamy Peanut butter - Reese or any other brand is fine.
Butter - Unsalted
Vanilla Paste - If you don't have vanilla paste, substitute vanilla extract 1:1.
Sweetened Condensed Milk - Eagle brand is the most well known but the store brand works just as good.
- Lightly coat a small baking dish (5 x7) with cooking spray and line with parchment paper so it hangs over the two long sides.
- In a small microwave bowl heat the peanut butter for about 20-30 seconds and stir in the butter. Stir until butter is thoroughly mixed in.
- In a medium saucepan combine the chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and condensed milk.
- Stir constantly over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla paste.
- Stir in the creamy peanut butter and mix well.
- Pour fudge into the prepared baking dish and let cool until set. Tap down the pan so the fudge spreads out evenly.
- Chill for about 2 hours.
- Lift fudge out of the pan using the edges of the parchment as handles. Cut fudge into 24 small squares.
10 minutes plus 2 hours to set and chill.
Utensils you will use.
- Heavy saucepan
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Baking Dish
- Parchment Paper
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is so easy to make and makes a great hostess or holiday gift.