One of my favorite candies is fudge. My husband and close friends can definitely vouch for this. Last Christmas I could not contain myself at my in-laws. Every time I walked by the kitchen I would grab a piece of peanut butter fudge. I even found myself making extra trips. After Christmas I had made a clean break from the tasty stuff until I went to Long Beach Island (LBI for those familiar) with two of my girl friends this summer. We were there just one night staying with my friend Lauren's parents. Lauren told me the fudge was some of the best so we stopped to get some. I completely intended to take some home for Zack...and then the three of us ate it all! It was worth it. I never told Zack this story so now I will know if he really reads my blog :)
Anyway, I decided this year I was going to make fudge. I actually found it to be a pretty quick and easy process. I did use a candy thermometer so perhaps that helped. I also made chocolate fudge and cookies and cream fudge which I will also post this month.
Peanut Butter Fudge
recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners' sugar
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil until your thermometer reaches 234 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 4 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8x8 inch dish. Chill until firm and cut into squares.