Buckeye Fudge

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Buckeye Fudge — EASY, no-cook, no-fuss, FOOLPROOF fudge that’s ready in 1 hour!! Dense, chewy and full of rich peanut butter flavor with a smooth, fudgy chocolate topping! It’s irresistible!!

two slices of buckeye fudge stacked on top of each other. The top slice has a bite missing.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

If you need an easy, no-cook, no-mixer, no-fuss, foolproof fudge that’s ready in about an hour, this is your recipe. It’s loaded with tons of peanut butter so if you’re a peanut butter fan, you’re going to love it.

The fudge itself is made with peanut butter chips and peanut butter. More peanut butter chips are sprinkled on top of the rich, fudgy layer of chocolate ganache.

Rather than making peanut butter fudge balls partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible (hence the name buckeye fudge because the traditional fudge looks like the nut of a buckeye tree), I poured everything into a pan and topped with chocolate.

So much faster and easier than making individual fudge balls and then dipping them one by one in chocolate. I don’t need any extra work around the holidays! 

I gave the batch to my daughter’s cheerleading team for a team party and there weren’t any leftovers despite how rich it is. People can’t resist dense, chewy fudge with a layer of chocolate that’s begging you to sink your teeth into it.

two buckeye fudge slices stacked on top of each other

Buckeye Fudge Ingredients 

If you’ve never had homemade buckeye fudge before, it’s essentially chocolate-topped peanut butter fudge. So good, I know! 

The ingredients list is simple: 

  • Peanut butter chips
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream

What’s the Best Peanut Butter for Making Fudge? 

Use a regular no-stir peanut butter brand, like Jif or Skippy, when making this recipe. Natural peanut butters tend to separate and can result in greasy fudge. 

Can I Use Another Nut Butter? 

Most likely, yes! So long as the nut or seed butter you use is no-stir (not natural), it should work just fine. 

a slice of chocolate peanut butter fudge with a bite missing

How to Make Buckeye Fudge 

Making peanut butter fudge with chocolate fudge might sound complicated — it’s two kinds of fudge, after all! — but the process is actually quite simple. Here’s an overview of the recipe: 

  1. Gently melt the peanut butter chips in the microwave.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and stir to combine.
  3. Turn the mixture into a foil-lined 8×8-inch baking dish. 
  4. Then, make the chocolate ganache layer and carefully pour over the microwave peanut butter fudge.
  5. Let cool for a moment before sprinkling with additional peanut butter chips. 
  6. Place pan in the fridge to harden before slicing. 

How to Store Fudge

Although the no-bake chocolate-topped peanut butter fudge can be stored at room temperature, I prefer to store it in the fridge where it will keep airtight for many weeks, or in the freezer where it will keep for many months.

Buckeye Fudge - EASY, no-cook, no-fuss, FOOLPROOF fudge that's ready in 1 hour!! Dense, chewy and full of rich peanut butter flavor with a smooth, fudgy chocolate topping! It's irresistible!!

Can This Recipe Be Doubled? 

Absolutely! Use a 9×13-inch pan and double the ingredients. 

Tips for Making Buckeye Fudge 

When melting the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips, be sure to microwave them for no more than 15 to 20 seconds at a time. You don’t want to accidentally scorch them! 

Note that this recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk NOT evaporated milk. They’re two totally different products! 

To cut the fudge into clean slices, run a sharp chef’s knife under warm tap water, pat dry with a kitchen towel, and then slice. 

Buckeye Fudge — EASY, no-cook, no-fuss, FOOLPROOF fudge that's ready in 1 hour!! Dense, chewy and full of rich peanut butter flavor with a smooth, fudgy chocolate topping! It's irresistible!!

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Yield: 16

Buckeye Fudge

Buckeye Fudge

EASY, no-cook, no-fuss, FOOLPROOF fudge that's ready in 1 hour!! Dense, chewy and full of rich peanut butter flavor with a smooth, fudgy chocolate topping! It's irresistible!!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups peanut butter chips, divided
  • one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half (do not use regular or whole milk, it doesn’t have enough fat and ganache won’t set up)

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl, add 3 cups peanut butter chips (reserve remainder for sprinkling later) and heat on high power to melt. Stop to check and stir after 30 to 45 seconds and heat in 10 to 15 second bursts until chips can be stirred smooth, about 1 minute total.
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and stir to combine. Mixture will be very thick.
  4. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it with a spatula as necessary. Place pan in the freezer while you make the ganache.
  5. To a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, cream, and heat on high power to melt. Stop to check and stir after 30 to 45 seconds and heat in 10 to 15 second bursts until mixture can be stirred smooth, about 1 minute total.
  6. Remove pan from freezer and evenly pour the chocolate over the top. Set aside for about 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to cool so it’s not too hot and won’t melt the sprinkled peanut butter chips.
  7. Evenly sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter chips.
  8. Place pan in the fridge for about 1 hour, or in the freezer for about 30 minutes, to harden before slicing and serving.

Notes

Storage: Although fudge can be stored at room temp, I prefer to store it in the fridge where it will keep airtight for many weeks, or in the freezer where it will keep for many months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 12g

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Comments

    1. I’m not sure but I would think that it wouldn’t taste like fudge if you reduce the sugar totally or by half.

  1. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter! This fudge seems a lot easier than dipping the buckeyes in chocolate. Happy Holidays to you and your fam Averie!!

  2. I love the crisp, clean lines of the cuts you make on all your desserts. Any tips on how I can make mine look extra pretty like yours?

  3. Oh, soooooooooooooooo tempting. I have never made buckeyes … on purpose … I’m not sure I can be trusted to share them!!! This looks absolutely yummy-licious!!!!

    1. This was so tempting but I promise it’s super rich, you will be able to share with and part with a few pieces :)

  4. This is some pretty awesome looking fudge! We love buckeyes but I don’t seem to be able to find the time for them lately. A 10 minute recipe (with less clean up too) is a great solution.

    1. I’m all about making recipes easier and less time consuming as you know :) This version saved so much time!