The Best Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with condensed milk is rich, creamy, smooth, decadent, and a peanut butter chocolate lovers dream come true. Covered with your favorite treats you will not be disappointed!
Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe with Condensed Milk
Yes, here is another fudge recipe that I have been meaning to get up on this site for so long and finally I have done it! Like chocolate and caramel I believe peanut butter and chocolate are a flavor combination that is meant to be!
I know you will love this homemade peanut butter fudge. Chocolate and peanut butter are two flavors that go beautifully together and in fudge they are truly divine! I figure you can never have enough fudge options and my goal is to make sure you have a lot of them!
The Best Peanut Butter Fudge with condensed milk is definitely a perfect choice for fans of chocolate and peanut butter. I just can’t get enough of it but then I love fudge, of all kinds all year long.
Am I the only one who keeps a container in my freezer with different kinds of fudge inside it? Hopefully I am not but for the record my husband believes I am!
I love having a container full of different kinds of fudge in my freezer just in case someone stops by, including this homemade peanut butter fudge. If you feel like a treat after a meal or just desire something sweet and wonderful! You have it at your fingertips!
I believe the Best Peanut Butter Fudge with condensed milk recipe will become a favorite and you will make it for years to come! It will be love at first bite! ?
Hopefully you don’t think that statement is a little dramatic. I just can’t find enough words to convey just how amazing this homemade peanut butter fudge recipe is!
Best Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
Most people tend to think of fudge as just a treat to be enjoyed during the holidays only and I totally disagree! I figure, why limit yourself when fudge should be enjoyed all year ’round!
Fudge is super easy to make, especially this homemade peanut butter fudge, and is so versatile that you can literally choose your colors, choose your flavors, choose the treats you want to include and you can make this incredible dessert in no time at all!
Consider everything like your mood, what you have in your fridge or pantry, the time of year and the occasion, if any, you are celebrating. Then let your imagination run wild!
I always encourage everyone to look at fudge like it is a blank canvas and you can create anything your heart, or stomach, desires! Your creation will reward you over and over for days or even weeks to come, depending how fast you all eat it of course!
This Best Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe is bright and beautiful, and the recipe is foolproof so you can be confident that no matter what you throw into your homemade peanut butter fudge you will be impressed by the results and so will everyone else who is lucky enough to try it!
For a moment you will not want to ruin your masterpiece by cutting into it but once you do and the eating begins, everyone will want your recipe and the homemade peanut butter fudge will disappear lightening fast!
If you are like me and enjoy the combination of peanut butter and chocolate I have made a list below of some of my personal favorites, besides this Best Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe, just in case you are interested in checking any of them out.
In my opinion you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Other Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes
Best Edible Gift
I continually go on about how great fudge is to give as an edible gift because I just think everyone should be aware that it exists as an option for those people in your lives that you want to acknowledge over the holidays.
I remember my son Patrick planning and then deciding on all of the fudge ingredients. We still do this every year, it’s just not the same as when he was young. Back then he knew who was getting which fudge and who liked certain ingredients and who didn’t like other ingredients.
It was adorable watching him organize all of this. I’m smiling just thinking about it. He made sure he did not forget anyone or miss a thing. He was always determined that everything would work out perfectly and for the most part it always did.
His preparation went on for days before the weekend we were getting this done. By the time Saturday morning rolled around we both would sit together and have a meeting at the kitchen table.
After he explained what we were going to do we went shopping to the dollar store and grocery score.
At the dollar store we picked up cellophane wrap, some ribbon, some platters, boxes or bowls or cups or something to hold each portion of fudge, in all shapes and sizes, for each individual or family that was going to be receiving a package.
Next, off to the grocery store where we picked up all of the ingredients that we needed to get everything made that day. We returned home and made 6 kinds of fudge and he decorated all of it. We did that every year and as I mentioned, still do.
Back then I told him that the fudge had to sit in the fridge overnight, mainly so I could relax and have a break, by the end of the day I was always so tired.
As soon as he woke up the next morning, and after breakfast, part two of our gift creating weekend continued. Now we sat at the kitchen table and I got to cut the fudge up and he got to create each gift.
He had names written on pieces of paper already made so we could put a plate on top of each paper to keep the fudge organized as it was all divided up.
Once all of his groupings were finished and finalized, it was time to package and wrap. We both loved every minute and still have great memories about doing it for all of these years.
I apologize for going on about our little family tradition but I just want you to be aware that you too can have so much fun creating these simple fudge gifts too.
My close friend has three kids and each are allowed to make two fudge creations and they have a blast on their fudge gift weekends as well. Maybe now you will decide to as well!
The bottom line is you end up with the perfect personal, homemade gift for teachers, neighbors, friends or family. You have a fun time preparing it and most people love to receive edible gifts too! It’s a WIN WIN!
Making a Sweet Tray
Picking up platters or trays from the dollar store is a terrific idea for giving as a gift or bringing to a function. I love it because you don’t have to worry about getting the platter back unless you really want it back.
Remember that no matter what the size, pattern or shape of your tray or platter it will look spectacular. Sweet trays and fudge are perfect for sharing. and you will be asked to bring another one!
Creating a sweet tray is totally easy to do. Just place your fudge pieces in groups or randomly or any way that your heart desires, all over your platter or tray and it always looks fabulous!
I have used silicone molds to control the size and shape of each of the fudge pieces. It is true that the molds allow you to make the fudge a little fancier and you won’t be disappointed with the finish product.
The only issue is that the silicone molds take a little more time to create but the finished product will make it definitely worth it!
If you decide you want to make some edible gifts or platters for teachers, neighbors, family or friends, I have listed some more unique fudge ideas below that are perfect for any occasion.
Not only do we make this Best Peanut Butter Fudge with condensed milk we have a few others you might want to have a look at below!
Unique Fudge Recipes to Try
What Is White Chocolate?
Before we discuss white chocolate, we need to say what chocolate really is. It all starts with cocoa beans. The taste and type of chocolate is determined by how the beans are treated and what kinds and amounts of additives are used.
White chocolate is a type of chocolate confection consisting of cocoa butter, not cocoa beans, sugar, and milk solids. It also can include other sweeteners and flavoring like peppermint, almond or vanilla.
White Chocolate is known for it’s white or ivory color and higher melting point. For more detailed information on white chocolate you can have a look here.
What forms does White Chocolate come in?
White chocolate can come in chips, squares or melts. For the record, melts are small disks that have an easy melting point and are similar to chips.
It is important to know that if a recipe calls for chips and all you have is baking squares or the opposite, you do have a couple of options when making your homemade peanut butter fudge.
Without a kitchen scale, be aware that 1 ¼ cups of chips are the roughly equivalent to an 8-oz bar of baking chocolate. It you have a scale it is much easier weigh out replacements in ounces.
White chocolate chips tend to be thick and clumpy due to additives that make them somewhat resistant to melting. White chocolate baking squares or bars melt a lot easier than chips, which is great for making candies or a chocolate sauces.
A tablespoon or two of butter or shortening will help melt the chips or whatever type of chocolate you are using into a nice smooth texture if you’re having problems and melting is not going well.
It is also necessary to discuss the type of chips or chocolate used. Cheaper brands usually include more fillers that make them in most cases, more resistant to melting.
A good rule of thumb is to check the ingredients on the package and if there is vegetable oil listed, know you will most likely need to add a tablespoon or two of butter or shortening to achieve desired results. Regardless, now you know a trick to solve the problem if it arises!
Substitutes for White Chocolate
There are quite a few substitutions for white chocolate if you don’t have any around, have a look below. Keep in mind that different kinds of chocolate will possible change the flavor and color of the chocolate dessert you’re creating.
Regardless, substitute the exact same amount of whichever type of chocolate you desire.
Milk chocolate is a sweet chocolate that you can either use in recipes, especially cookie recipes, or just to snack on. It contains at about 10% cocoa with added sugar, milk and cocoa butter.
White Chocolate Almond Bark (Confectionery Coating) comes in a different forms from chips to blocks to squares. Despite it’s name, it doesn’t contain nuts and is valued for it’s texture, taste, and melting ease.
You’re most likely going to have to add 1 tablespoon or two of butter or shortening as well since it doesn’t contain any cocoa butter or chocolate liquor to assist in the melting process.
Unsweetened chocolate Made solely of cocoa butter and cocoa solids, the taste of this chocolate is bitter and usually unsuitable for eating, so it’s generally only used in baking. It’s perfect in cake, cookie or brownie recipes.
Dark chocolate Since it’s sweeter than unsweetened chocolate and has less sugar, it’s quite popular with those that want a sweet treat but are health conscious because again, it has less sugar than other chocolates. It has 35% cocoa.
Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened dark chocolate that also contains at least 35% cocoa. It is mostly used in baking and is great for recipes that call for a strong chocolate flavor.
Semi-sweet chocolate This chocolate is also made with at least 35% cocoa and is the most versatile form of chocolate. It’s ideal for baking and eating and can be found in many chocolate chip cookie recipes. It also has cocoa butter and sugar added.
What can I include in the Best Peanut Butter Fudge?
The best part about this Best Peanut Butter Fudge with condensed milk, besides the rich and creamy taste, is the peanut butter flavor. Remember you can add anything you can think of into it, depending on the occasion, if any. This delicious homemade peanut butter fudge looks so gorgeous and tastes absolutely incredible.
I have listed some suggestions below for you to consider when deciding what you are going to add to the Best Peanut Butter Fudge with condensed milk and end up with your own amazing creation!
If you need more suggestions to make your own homemade peanut butter fudge, or if you have more ideas please let me know because the longer the list the better and I like to try different things too! Remember anything and everything goes!
- cream filled cookies
- dried fruits
- broken pretzels
- toffee bits
- butterscotch chips
- chocolate chips
- caramel chips
- chocolate covered caramels
- sprinkles or sparkles
Why use sweetened condensed milk to make fudge?
Sweetened condensed milk is required to create perfectly smooth fudge and in my opinion that is what makes the Best Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe so amazing. It works every single time, is shelf stable and provides the perfect amount of creamy sweetness to every batch.
Condensed milk will store in your fridge for about a month, or up to 3 in an airtight container in your freezer. Never hesitate to buy a bigger can if at all possible as you will definitely use it up!
Ingredients in the Best Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
- white chocolate chips, almond bark, or any other chocolate you desire
- peanut butter – you can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter or add ⅓ of a cup of chopped peanuts to the mixture before adding the chopped peanut butter cups if you would like some more crunch
- sweetened condensed milk
- mini or regular peanut butter cups or chocolate chips and chopped peanuts will work in a pinch
- Reeses Pieces
How to make Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
Prepare an 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan with cooking spray and parchment paper. Set aside.
In a saucepan, over medium low heat, pour in sweetened condensed milk and heat until hot but NOT boiling.
Add white chocolate and peanut butter to the pot, stirring frequently until melted and smooth.
Let stand for a few minutes to cool a bit, stirring occasionally.
Stir in 1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups, and only stir once or twice so they do not totally melt.
Pour immediately into an 8×8 or 9×9 square pan lined with parchment.
Top with chopped peanut butter cups and chopped Reeses pieces.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours, cut into squares, and serve as desired. Enjoy!
Can you make the Best Peanut Butter Fudge in the Microwave
Yes you definitely can! Combine all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Heating for only 30 seconds at a time, stirring thoroughly at every break, until only a few lumps remain.
The chocolate mixture will continue to melt outside your microwave so continue to stir until the last few lumps have disappeared and the mixture is smooth and blended.
Although tempting, do not microwave for longer than 30 seconds at a time or your chocolate mixture can and will burn. The chocolate will ruin and you will end up starting over.
How long will condensed milk fudge last?
At room temperature
Fudge made with condensed milk will last up to 2 weeks at room temperature, in an airtight container.
In your fridge
If you keep your fudge in an airtight container in your fridge it will last up to a month.
In your freezer
You also have the option of freezing portion sizes of your choosing, wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and frozen in an airtight container, wrapped in tinfoil or freezer bag with as much air removed as possible, for up to 3 months.
When you need some frozen fudge, place pieces or bag or container on your kitchen counter to thaw ideally overnight and get to room temperature. Yes I have tried a piece practically frozen and I still loved it. Waiting can be difficult.
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Best Peanut Butter Fudge
- 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch cake pan
- 3 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups peanut butter you can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter or add ⅓ of a cup of chopped peanuts to the mixture before adding the chopped peanut butter cups if you would like some more crunch
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ cups mini or regular peanut butter cups, chopped or chocolate chips and chopped peanuts will work in a pinch
- ½ cup Reeces Pieces, chopped
- Please prepare all of your ingredients.
- Prepare an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan with cooking spray and parchment paper. Set aside. I trim the edges of the parment with scissors so the pan fits better into my fridge.
- In a saucepan, over medium low heat, pour in sweetened condensed milk and heat until hot but NOT boiling.
- Add white chocolate and peanut butter to the pot, stirring frequently until melted and smooth.
- Let stand for a few minutes to cool a bit, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in 1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups, and only stir once or twice so they do not totally melt.
- Pour immediately into your prepared pan.
- Top with chopped peanut butter cups and chopped Reese's pieces.
- Refrigerate at least 4 hours, remove from pan using parchment to hold on to.
- Cut into squares, Serve as desired. Enjoy!
Can you make the Best Peanut Butter Fudge in the Microwave?Combine all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Heating for only 30 seconds at a time, stirring thoroughly at every break, until only a few lumps remain. The chocolate mixture will continue to melt outside your microwave so continue to stir until the last few lumps have disappeared and the mixture is smooth and blended. Although tempting, do not microwave for longer than 30 seconds at a time or your chocolate mixture can and will burn. The chocolate will ruin and you will end up starting over. Add chopped treats and pour into your prepared pan. Decorate and refrigerate!