By: Katie Austin
Now, you probably thought the title was a hint of me getting on my soap box to vent, but really I was taking an opportunity to talk about my favorite sweet of the season – fudge. This time of the year I find myself taking a day (or two) to make my holiday cookies, fudge and peanut brittle for the times when family and friends get together. One of the things that I like about making fudge is that there aren’t many ingredients and homemade fudge makes a great gift on any budget. Do you like fudge too? If you do, what kind of fudge is your favorite?
I must admit, this time last year I could hardly taste anything as everything had a metal taste to it. I just finished my chemotherapy treatments during the summer and then my last radiation treatment was in November, so my taste buds were on vacation. Things are different now as my taste buds are back to normal and everything tastes wonderful! That can be good and bad. Good that food tastes wonderful and I can enjoy my meals again. Bad that my waistline is changing because of it, but we will leave that discussion for another blog post!
So, now that we all have fudge on the brain, I wanted to share with you my all-time favorite recipe for peanut butter fudge! I received this from a wonderful family member and thought my Every Woman Blog family would enjoy it too!
- 2 ½ cup sugar
- 2/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa
- 1 ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ stick butter
- Creamy peanut butter (any brand)
- Nuts (if desired)
- In a pot, mix together the sugar, cocoa, milk and salt.
- Bring to a roaring boil.
- Boil about 3 minutes then drop a few drops of chocolate into a cup of cold water to see if a soft ball forms.
- If a ball does not form, continue boiling and checking frequently.
- When a soft ball of chocolate forms, remove the pot from the heat.
- Add the vanilla extract, butter, and a glob of peanut butter (and nuts, if desired).
- Beat until chocolate changes from shiny to dull.
- Pour into buttered pan to cool.
- Cut into squares when cool and enjoy.