Thursday, May 01, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

In the event you didn't read all 5 thousand something entries in Pioneer Woman's recipe contest(and I'm still upset I didn't win), you possibly missed my entry. So I thought I'd share it with you here.

This recipe has been in my family as long as I can remember. My mother used to make it when I was little. It was at every family occasion, and when it came time for school fund raisers for school, she would make a batch for my brother and me. When we first started selling it, we charged the high price of a nickel a piece. By the time I was in high school, we were charging a quarter. Remember that was in the mid 60's. But it sold out quickly at that top dollar price.

Without further adieu, here it is:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1/2 to 1 cup peanut butter - smooth or chunky or 1/2 of a 12 oz bag of peanut butter chips
1/2 12oz pkg semi sweet chocolate chips
1 T butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts

Bring sugar and milk to boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking without stirring to soft ball stage. You can drop in cold water or use a candy thermometer.

When soft ball is achieved, remove from heat.

Add butter, vanilla, and peanut butter. Stir with a whisk until dissolved and peanut butter loses it's gloss, about 2 minutes.

Add in chocolate chips. I stick mine in the microwave for about 15 seconds to soften them before I add them. They mix in much faster this way.

Continue stirring with whisk until mixture begins to firm up. A couple of minutes. Adding nuts helps this process along.

Turn onto buttered plate or wax paper. Allow to set. This always disappears quickly.

**Note: If you wanted just peanut butter fudge, you could use peanut butter baking chips or white morsels in the place of the chocolate chips.

Another quick candy treat is to take

small heart shaped pretzels,
place a rollo candy on top,
stick in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds and when they come out,
press a pecan half on top.

They are delicious and are quick to make. It takes longer to unwrap the rollos than to make them. I don't know what they are called, but a lady brought them to church, and they didn't last long either.

Tell me about a recipe that brings back good memories. I know you have them, we all do.

Have a great Thursday. Do something silly. Make someone smile.


IzzyBeth said...

That would so not be good for my diet. I entered that contest too - I REALLY wanted that Kitchen Aid.

Will said...

I think everyone in the free world entered that contest. Why is it that I always think I'm going to be the big winner?

I could go on and on about food and memories! Right now I'm thinkign of the layered salad that my dearest aunt, Robba, made my entire childhood. Delicous!

#1daughter said...

so when are you making some this fudge? Are you going to let me know when you make it? Or will I be the last to know that too? Poor me.

Tara said...

Why is it always poor Mary? Wah Wah Wah....hehe

#1daughter said...

I am daughter #1 so it can be anything I want. You are the mere baby and you obviously do not understand how things work. I will fill you in later. Right mom?

Memaw's memories said...

Daughter#1 and Tara, Leave me out of your fights on my blog, please.

Lisa J said...

I get the biggest kick out of your rather the comments. If your girls ever stop writing their comments I will be so disappointed!Now I love your blog, but you incite such heartfelt comments,what more could you hope for. PS. I have stopped reading PW, I enjoy yours and a few others so much more!

Pam said...

yummy yummy yummy

I love how your daughters talk in your comments. It amuses me.

#1 Nephew said...

WOW, made this fudge yesterday. #1 niece-in-law loved it! We can't stay out of this stuff!

Kevin said...

Chocolate and peanut butter fudge sounds really good!

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