Buckeye Fudge

If you need an easy, no-cook, no-mixer, n0-fuss, foolproof fudge that’s ready in about an hour, this is your recipe.

If you don’t get around to making it for Christmas, put it on your Valentine’s Day list.

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.

Yield: one 8x8-inch pan, about 16 squares

Buckeye Fudge

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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 flavor and there’s a rich, fudgy layer of chocolate ganache. People can’t resist dense, chewy fudge with a layer of chocolate that’s begging you to sink your teeth into it.

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. 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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