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How To Make An Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe With Peanut Butter.

Updated on October 1, 2015

Papa's Fudge

My husband started making this recipe from our Better Homes and Garden cookbook years ago. He added the peanut butter to the recipe and changed the recipe a little. It's an old fashioned fudge recipe with a dab of peanut butter and peanuts added. You can leave out the peanut butter and the nuts if you want and make it with walnuts or pecans.

Our granddaughter loves this fudge but has always had problems making it. It has to be stirred constantly or it will burn. She wanted Papa to make it for her wedding shower.

Plate of Fudge
Plate of Fudge

Tools Needed

♥ Heavy 2 qt saucepan

♥ wood spoon

♥ measuring cup

♥ Knife and Cutting board for chopping or whatever you use to chop nuts

♥ 10-inch plate

♥ Cup

Cutting Up Nuts For Fudge
Cutting Up Nuts For Fudge
Getting Ready To Make Fudge
Getting Ready To Make Fudge
Stirring Fudge
Stirring Fudge
Testing Fudge
Testing Fudge
Whipping
Whipping
Adding To Plate
Adding To Plate
All Done
All Done

Recipe and Ingredients

Papa's Old Fashioned Fudge

Ingredients:


2 cups sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 stick butter

6 tablespoons cocoa

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

Instructions.


Prepare a 10-inch plate for fudge by buttering the plate. Use the tip of a stick of butter to butter plate.

Have a cup of cold water ready to test your fudge.


In a heavy 2 qt saucepan (butter the sides of sauce pan) combine sugar, milk, butter and cocoa. Heat and stirring constantly over medium heat, till sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil then cook to a soft ball stage ( 234°) about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and add peanut butter. Beating by hand until peanut butter is dissolved and until fudge is firm and starts to lose its gloss. Add peanuts and pour into buttered plate. Let stand until firm.

NOTE:

Papa uses a wood spoon while beating and he drops the fudge in the cold water with a wood spoon. Any kind of spoon can be used for putting your drops in the water.

The fudge will form a small softball, that will flatten when you remove it from the water. That will be the soft-ball stage. You may have to test fudge more than once.

You can tell when it starts to get thicker in the pan then start to test it in the water.

REMINDER: This fudge can be made without the peanut butter if you have someone allergic to peanut butter in the family. The original recipe doesn't have peanut butter.

This is the original recipe to the Old Fashioned Fudge above. My husband started out making this and then later added the nuts and peanut butter. I like the plain fudge just as well. Some of our kids don't like nuts in their fudge.

Original Old-Time Fudge

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup milk

2 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate ( Substitutions: 1 square (1 ounce) chocolate-3 Tablespoons cocoa plus 1 Tablespoon butter)

Dash of salt

1 teaspoon corn syrup

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In it combine sugar, milk, chocolate, salt and corn syrup. Heat and stir over medium heat, till sugar dissolves and mixture, comes a boil. Then cook to soft-ball stage ( 234°), stirring only if necessary.

Immediately remove from heat: add butter and cool to lukewarm (110°) without stirring. Add vanilla. Beat vigorously until fudge becomes very thick and starts to lose its gloss. Quickly spread in buttered shallow pan. We also spread this recipe in a buttered plate like you see at the top of the page.

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4.5 stars from 6 ratings of Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe With Peanut Butter.
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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I want to eat at your house. I swear, I don't read many recipe hubs, but I love yours. You cover the meats I love and chocolate and peanut butter...what more do I need to survive????

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      vespawoolf , Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I really like that your first recipe doesn´t have corn syrup or marshmallow creme or other ingredients we can´t find in our city. It´s fudge time of year...maybe I can make this coming up soon. Thanks!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      carlajbehr, Thank you for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Au fait, Thank you it is a good recipe. Thanks for the vote, pin and share and for the five stars.

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      Looks yummy

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is the second article I have found of yours that I've never seen before. Where have you been hiding then? This recipe looks perfect for the upcoming holidays -- or any time really. I love fudge -- and I love peanut butter cups, which is why I loved your recipe for Peanut Butter cup Cheesecake too!

      Voted up, BAUI, pinned, and will share. Also gave you 5 more stars!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Indian Chef, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Moonlake this recipe looks yummy, and with your easy instructions and pictures, looks like it is very easy to make. Surely would give it a try asap. Voting it up and sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Mispati3, Thank you for stopping by. The fun of this fudge is that you can make it anyway you want. Just follow the basic recipe.

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      Mispati3 4 years ago

      This is exactly how my Mama made fudge and how she taught me to make it. You can make it this way, leave out the peanut butter and make regular fudge as you said or you can leave out the cocoa and make just peanut butter fudge (my favorite!)

      p.s. I've never used a candy thermometer. I use the method your Papa did by dropping the hot candy into cold water. It takes practice to get good at it ~ I'm still teaching my kids.

      Thanks for sharing this. It sure brings back memories! And now I want some fudge!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      cloverleaffarm, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      Healing Herbalist 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      This sounds delicious, and I am now craving peanut butter. Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      jonnycomelately, A wedding shower or bridal shower are where a bunch of women get together and give gifts to the future bride. I have no idea where the word shower came from. There are also babie showers for new mothers. What do you call parties like this in your country?

      Thanks so much for coming by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      truthfornow, Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Victoria Lynn, I added the Original Old-Time Fudge recipe to this hub for you. It doesn't have nuts or peanut butter. We use to make it this way all the time and I liked it but my husband added his own twist by adding the nuts and peanut butter. Both recipes are good. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the vote.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rajan jolly, Thank you for the vote and share and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      Pardon my ignorance, but please could someone explain to me that term "wedding shower?"

      Maybe it's an American expression, I am in Australia, but the mind boggles at what might be happening in the shower!

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Peanut butter is a great addition.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great pics to demonstrate the recipe! I would love to leave out the peanut butter and nuts, as I just love plain ole chocolate fudge! It will work like that, won't it? Voted up and more!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Love this recipe as it contains both cocoa and peanut butter which I love.

      Voted up and shared.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Tom Schumacher, Your welcome hope you will like it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Jenn-Anne, It is a really good fudge. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Paul Kuehn, Thank you for stopping by glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for pinning, facebook and tweeing.

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      Tom Schumacher 4 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Your recipe looks delicious. It contains all the ingredients I enjoy. Looking forward to trying it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      If it has chocolate in it, I'm all for it! This recipe seems relatively simple as far as fudge goes. Always been afraid to try making fudge but I might have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      moonlake,

      This is an awesome recipe for making fudge which I just love. The photos are great, and your directions are so easy to follow. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I used to love to make fudge when I was growing up, and I haven't made it in years. I think you have just inspired me!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Careermommy, Your welcome and thank you for coming by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Suzie HQ, Thank you for the votes and pinned. I appreciate you stopping by. It is very good fudge.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rebeccamealey, Thanks so much for stopping by. It is good and a favorite in our family.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      moonlake, this looks so rich and delicious! It seems easy to prepare. Thank you for the recipe!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi moonlake,

      The picture grabbed my attention along with the ingredients! Yum factor hasn't been invented for this , simply divine sounding and looking, votes, shared and pinned of course!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks to die for! I have always loved the taste of peanut butter with chocolate. This sure beats Recesses!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I was never much of a fudge lover but with the chocolate AND peanut butter + nuts you have my attention. That is a great taste combo. Up and useful votes. Will also share.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      mr-veg, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it. I hope you do try it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rajan jolly, This is really good fudge. My husband loves to make it. Thank you for the rating, pinned, shared and vote. I really appreciate it.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Wow Looks delicious moonlake ! I am tempted to try it out :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Anything to do with chocolate and I'm game. This looks just too irresistable. I'm smacking my lips, lol! Bookmarked, shared, pinned and voted up. Gave a 5 star rating. The pictures are valuable too.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      TheListLady, Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the fudge and your tea. Little things make us happy don't they? Thanks for the up vote.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      dahoglund,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I wish there was a way of making it sugar free but I guess there isn't.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      stylezink,

      Thanks, for stopping by hope you enjoy making the fudge.

      Thank you, for leaving a comment.

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Oh yes, yes, yes, yes - and with peanut butter? Oh yes! I already have the wooden spoon. I know what I will be doing this winter. Good fudge and a cup of tea and life is good.

      Many thanks and rated up! Yay!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't like store bought fudge,That is just as well because I am diabetic.This one looks good enough to try, though.

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      stylezink 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      I'm going to ty this one, sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing moonlake! I love peanutbutter and chocolate.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment. Hope your fudge turns out great.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Mmm I will have to give this one a go and I will let you know how I got on.

      Thank you for sharing and take care

      Eiddwen.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      KinWorm, thanks for stopping by my hub. It is yummy fudge. Hope you enjoy.

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      KinWorm 6 years ago

      Exactly what I was looking for, thank you. We tried "fudge" a couple of days ago which is basically equal quantities of butter and melted chocolate and then adding in icing sugar until the mixture is stiff. Spread into tin and pop in fridge until hard. It was pretty yummy but I want to try the real deal now.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      It's very good fudge. So glad you stopped by and left a comment.

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Moonlake, your recipe looks and sounds absolutely divine...chocolatey, peanutty, fudgey goodness! I am glad our paths have crossed here on hubpages, I definitely want to read more :-)

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Thanks Megan Kathleen for stopping by. Our granddaughter had to have this fudge at her wedding shower. It's good.

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      Megan Kathleen 6 years ago from Los Gatos, CA

      This looks insanely delicious. My family always has fudge for Christmas, and we might need to give this recipe a try!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Mrs. Robin Hood thanks for stopping by, it's good fudge.

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      Mrs. Robin Hood 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I've been looking for a great fudge recipe for Christmas! I'll try this one out!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Thanks Cardisa for stopping by hope you enjoy it.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      This looks tasty and interesting. I love chocolate so am sure I'll enjoy it. Thanks for the recipe.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Thanks for leaving comment. You will like this one.

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      Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I am researching chocolate fudge recipes and I am sure to try this one. Thanks.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      suejanet thanks for stopping by. It is good.

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      suejanet 6 years ago

      Sounds like a good recipe, I will try it.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      wiseblueberry, thanks for stopping by. You will love this fudge.

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      wiseblueberry 6 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      I love fudge! Will have to give your recipe a shot.