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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

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Learn how to make a batch of delicious, homemade peanut butter fudge.

Learn how to make a batch of delicious, homemade peanut butter fudge.

Oftentimes, when people think of old-fashioned ways of cooking, they think of the older generations slaving away for hours upon hours over a hot stove. With this delicious peanut butter fudge recipe, that is just not the case. Passed through my family for four generations, this easy-to-make fudge recipe only requires 6 basic ingredients that can be found in any kitchen and is ready to serve within 20 minutes.

As my mother was teaching me how to make this fudge, I learned that my great-great-grandmother used this exact recipe during the Depression. It was very hard to get their hands on enough peanut butter and sugar to make this fudge, but when they managed to do so, this was indeed a treasured treat that the whole family enjoyed.

To learn how to make this old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe for your family, continue scrolling for a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

Serves 8 people 2 pieces of fudge

The six ingredients needed to make peanut butter fudge.

The six ingredients needed to make peanut butter fudge.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Fudge

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 stick (or 1/4 cup) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cooking spray or extra butter for serving dish

Peanut Butter Fudge Instructions

  1. Grease an 8x8 serving dish with either cooking spray or butter.
  2. Mix together the sugar, milk, and salt in a large pot. Heat these ingredients to boiling over medium heat while stirring continuously.
  3. After 5–7 minutes, the white mixture will start to thicken and take on a slight yellow tint.
  4. To test the readiness of the mixture, add a small amount to a cup of cold water. If you are able to form a soft ball with your hand, the mixture is ready.
  5. Add the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla to the mixture. Keep stirring until all ingredients are well mixed.
  6. Quickly pour the fudge mixture into the greased 8x8 serving dish. Let cool for 5–10 minutes. Once cooled, slice the fudge into pieces and enjoy!
Our finished peanut butter fudge sliced into pieces.

Our finished peanut butter fudge sliced into pieces.

Helpful Tips and Tricks for Making Delicious Fudge

After many years of making this recipe, my mother has perfected her fudge making technique. She has never used any kind of candy thermometer and doesn't even use the cold water test anymore. She simply uses her eyes and can tell exactly when the mixture is at the right consistency to make creamy and mouthwatering fudge.

Here are a few helpful tips and tricks that my mom shared for making the perfect batch:

  • Stir Continuously. When the instructions state stir continuously, do not walk away from the stove even for a second. A continuous stir prevents the mixture from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Watch the Consistency. As soon as you notice the mixture thickening and starting to take on a slight yellowish tint, your mixture is ready. You can use the cold water test to assure it's readiness. Of course, if the whole pot has turned yellow in color, the mixture has cooked for too long and will most likely be hard as a rock once it sets.
  • Fudge Sets Quickly. Before you start boiling the mixture, be sure to set out and grease your serving dish with either cooking spray or butter. Once you add the final ingredients into the mixture, pour out the mixture as quickly as possible into your dish. This dessert sets up so fast that you will not have time to prepare your dish once the mixture is done.

I hope the above step-by-step directions and helpful tips and tricks are helpful in creating a delicious batch of this old-fashioned peanut butter fudge. I guarantee that when these steps are closely followed, you will have created a creamy and yummy batch of homemade fudge for your family to enjoy.

If you have any questions or comments about the recipe, feel free to leave these in the comment section below.

Fudge History Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. It is believed the name "fudge" originated from an error or a "fudged" batch of _______.
    • chocolate candies
    • caramels
    • marshmallows
  2. The first known sale of fudge sold for _____ a pound in 1886.
    • 20 cents
    • 30 cents
    • 40 cents
    • 50 cents
  3. The first known makers of fudge in the U.S. were _____________.
    • female students in their college dorm rooms
    • homemakers in their kitchens
    • famous candy makers of the late 1800s
  4. The first fudge shop was opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan in _____.
    • 1886
    • 1889
    • 1892
    • 1895
  5. Hot fudge, often used as an ice cream topping, was discovered by _______ the fudge mixture.
    • undercooking
    • overcooking

Answer Key

  1. caramels
  2. 40 cents
  3. female students in their college dorm rooms
  4. 1889
  5. undercooking

© 2012 Alissa Roberts

Comments

Rosalinda Henry on August 22, 2020:

A batch of fudge always, brightens someone's day!

Mary Kenoyer on December 10, 2019:

my mom's recipe sounded just like yours;but I haven't been able to make it set up. I usually had to add rice cereal to make it eatable.My mom is gone now so I can't ask her what I was doing wrong. I was excited to read your recipe. Can't wait to get started. She also lived during the depression and that's when she learned to make this fudge. Thank You

Jill Spencer from United States on April 27, 2016:

Hi Alissa, an unverified user left a link on my fudge hub. When I went to the link (http://slam-news.com/2016/04/27/old-fashioned-pean... , I found your recipe there, not mine. It's copied, I assume, complete with your photos. Just wanted to let you know. Please delete this comment so no additional traffic goes to the link if it is a copycat site. --All the best, Jill

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 28, 2015:

Alissa, I love this fudge recipe and would love to make it at home. This looks delicious and scrumptious to eat when it's done. Thanks for sharing!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on February 20, 2014:

Thank you both for the sweet comments! This recipe is definitely a family favorite. Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 08, 2014:

Oh wow! This looks amazing! And we love peanut butter around here. I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks!

John Fisher from Easton, Pennsylvania on December 22, 2013:

@alissaroberts--Very yummy for the tummy. I just can't resist the temptation of anything made from peanut butter. Great Hub. Voted up!!!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on December 12, 2013:

This recipe is definitely one of my favs! Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to try it out. Appreciate you stopping by Toytasting!

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on December 04, 2013:

I love peanut butter.I always look for peanut butter recipes. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on February 08, 2013:

Thanks so much T4an! Hope you enjoy it :) Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on February 08, 2013:

Thanks so much ct92! I always thought fudge was so hard to make but this recipe is really easy. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does! Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

T4an from Toronto, Ontario on January 29, 2013:

Looks delicious, will definitely try this one. Thank you for sharing! Voted up.

C from Denmark on January 28, 2013:

Ah, I love peanutbutter, but have never tried making peanut butter fudge! This recipe looks really good, and I will defintiely try it out as soon as possible.

It is great how you only need some few basic ingredients, as it always throws me off when I have to go to the store and buy 117 weird things I have never heard of, just to make what should be something simple.

All honors to this recipe, and a vote and a thumbs up!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on January 25, 2013:

Hi Bonsie007! Happy to hear you are going to try this recipe out. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Bonsie007 on January 20, 2013:

I have been looking for a recipe for peanut butter fudge for months now! I can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on January 08, 2013:

Hope you enjoy it vespawoolf!My whole family loves this fudge recipe. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on January 08, 2013:

Thanks for the share lemonkerdz! This fudge recipe is my absolute favorite. Hope you enjoy it as well! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 02, 2013:

I love peanut butter fudge and this recipe sounds quick & easy! I'll have to make it soon--thanks!

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on January 02, 2013:

i must say i had never tried peanut butter fudge, but since i put a peanut butter hub on, this caught my eye. now i have another use for peanut butter, will give it a go, thanks. Shared!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on December 22, 2012:

Thanks for the votes and kind words FullOfLoveSites! A layer of chocolate on top of this fudge would be absolutely delicious- will have to try that next time! Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on December 22, 2012:

Thanks pstraubie48! I just made several batches of this fudge for all the teachers at my husband's school. And yes I stole a piece or two cause it is so hard to resist :) Appreciate you stopping by and for all your sweet comments!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on December 20, 2012:

Peanut butter fudge! Thanks for sharing your recipe... I will love it plain or spread it with some chocolate. Will definitely try this! Voted up and useful. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 19, 2012:

This looks just wrong!!! I think I have gained a few pounds just reading the recipe and looking at the pictures. It looks so yumm....I like peanut butter almost as much as I do chocolate. My family will love this. Thanks for sharing :) ps

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on October 20, 2012:

Thanks so much RobinGrosswirth23! This fudge recipe is all time favorite dessert. You know I always see the "get this widget" on the quiz capsule but I have never tried to attach it anywhere else so that is a good question that I do not have an answer for haha :) Appreciate you stopping by!

Robin Grosswirth from New York on October 15, 2012:

My mouth is watering already! Very good directions and hints. Love the widget too. Where do I attach it to (widget)?

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 24, 2012:

Thanks randomcreative! It was really cool hearing some of the history behind this fudge. Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23, 2012:

This looks amazing! How neat that you've been able to carry on the family recipe. Thanks for the great photos and information.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks teaches! My mom makes it look so easy. She put a little pressure on me when she told me I had to carry on the fudge making tradition. That is why I had to write this hub so I could remember everything she taught me :) Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks Angela! If you have a sweet tooth, then this recipe is perfect for you :) Hope you try it out sometime! Appreciate you stopping by and for the share!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Hi Stephanie! That has to be the best part about this recipe - no last minute trip to the store because most likely you already have all the ingredients at home. Hope you enjoy the fudge as much as our family does! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Hope you do try it learner365! It is my all time favorite dessert. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote up!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks Brittany! If you love peanut butter, you will definitely love this fudge. Hope you give it a try sometime! Appreciate the sweet comments, for the votes, and for the share!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks so much Kelley! It is seriously the best fudge I have ever had. Appreciate your sweet comments, for the votes, and for sharing!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

You are very welcome ignugent17! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment and for the vote up!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks ishwaryaa22! I have watched my mom make this fudge so many times and this was the first time she told me some of the history behind it. I had no idea how old this recipe really was! So happy the tips are helpful - hope you will give it a try! Appreciate the votes and for sharing!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks so much How to - Answers! I hope you give it a try. It is delicious! Appreciate the vote and for sharing!

Dianna Mendez on June 23, 2012:

I have to admit that I am not good at making fudge. I can appreciate people like you who make it for those of us who enjoy it! Great recipe idea and suggestions for making it successful.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 23, 2012:

My sweet tooth has just kicked in! Yummy! I will share this!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on June 23, 2012:

Can't wait to try this recipe! I have a real sweet tooth, and I love that this fudge can be made with ingredients that I usually have on hand. Nice layout and photos make your hub very attractive!

Saadia A on June 23, 2012:

Looks yummy.I will like to try it someday soon.Thank you for sharing such an easy and very interesting recipe.Voted up !!

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on June 23, 2012:

Yum! This looks and sounds so delicious, Alissa! I love peanut butter, so making it into a fudge must be even better. Great work on this hub! 5 stars, voted up, shared!

kelleyward on June 23, 2012:

Wow this looks fantastic! Giving this 5 stars, voting up, and sharing. I love the picture and directions! Kelley

ignugent17 on June 23, 2012:

thanks for the tips and tricks alissaroberts voted up.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 23, 2012:

This generations old recipe looks so delicious, especially the final photo! The instructions are clearly explained with helpful photos. Your brief family history ignited my reading interest. Your tips are very helpful. I took the quiz and my score is only 1 but nevertheless I learnt a lot about fudge history. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

L M Reid from Ireland on June 23, 2012:

I love fudge and make it often at home. But even though I have heard of peanut butter fudge I have never made it. Looking at your great step by step instructions and photos it has motivated me to have a go.

Shared on Twitter. voted 5 stars

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks so much Just Ask Susan! My mom makes this recipe look so easy. In fact, we joked around if God forbid something happened to her, this hub would come in handy so we wouldn't have to live without her delicious fudge! lol :) Appreciate you stopping by, for the votes, and for the pin!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks billybuc! Peanut butter fudge is my ultimate weakness. Everybody in my family loves this recipe! Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 23, 2012:

Thanks so much Green Art! This fudge is amazing. In fact, I usually give up any kind of birthday cake from my mom just so she will make me a batch of her yummy fudge. Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 22, 2012:

Pinning this one so that I know where to find it. Love all the tips too. I've always had a hard time making this type of fudge but I have to keep trying. Voting and Sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2012:

I'm dead tired of reading all these recipes but yours made me stop; anything with peanut butter and fudge in the title draws me in immediately. Delicious recipe.

Green Art on June 22, 2012:

I couldn't pass up reading this hub when I saw it was about peanut butter. This family fudge recipe looks wonderful. Can't wait to try it out. Voted up and useful!