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How to Make an Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe With Peanut Butter.

Updated on January 20, 2019

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
Adding To Plate
Adding To Plate
All Done
All Done

Recipe and Ingredients

Papa's Old Fashioned Fudge


2 cups sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 stick butter

6 tablespoons cocoa

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts


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.


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.

© 2011 moonlake


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