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mama's old fashion hand beaten chocolate pb fudge

(3 ratings)
Recipe by
Diane Atherton

My mother made this fudge only at Christmas time and if memory serves me, on Christmas Eve. What a treat from the beginning til the end. I remember the smell of the chocolate cooking and how it changed when the peanut butter was added. I remember watching it boil. I remember her beating this fudge for what seemed like to a small child an eternity until it lost it's gloss before she poured it into a buttered dish. We four kids got to lick the bowl (with a spoon of course) and then we waited impatiently for it to cool before she would slice it. This has to be my all time favorite fudge!

(3 ratings)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mama's old fashion hand beaten chocolate pb fudge

  • 2 c
  • 2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    cocoa, unsweetened (mama always used hersheys)
  • 1 c
    milk (you can use 1 1/3 cup milk and eliminate the cream)
  • 1/3 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/4 c
  • 3/4 c
    peanut butter
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c
    nuts, chopped optional (walnuts, pecans, peanuts)

How To Make mama's old fashion hand beaten chocolate pb fudge

  • 1
    In a meduim saucepan over a medium heat, combine both sugars, salt, cocoa, milk and cream; heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • 2
    Add butter and cook to 240F degrees F using a candy thermometer. NOTE: my mother never used a candy thermometer, she tested to a softball stage by dropping a small drop of the candy into water.
  • 3
    Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. NOTE: Add nuts at this point if desired.
  • 4
    Beat the mixture until it begins to stiffen, and loses its gloss. Pour into an 9 x 9-inch pan coated with butter; allow it to completely set. NOTE: you can use an 8 x 8-inch pan for a thicker/taller fudge. Cut into 1 inch squares.

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