Sunday, December 26, 2010

Make this

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I think I’ve been making this peanut butter fudge for at least the last ten years. It’s one of my favorites. It’s also the only fudge I’ve ever tried to make. Probably because it came out so perfect, I’ve never really been compelled to try another one. This is a soft fudge …  and it’s like sinking your teeth into little sugar cushions. I love it.

I even posted about it when I first started blogging. (Here’s the post, don’t laugh.) But back then I didn’t do much other than show a photo and a recipe. I found the original recipe in a magazine, I’m pretty sure. I wish I still had it to tell you the source.

Anyway, I thought I’d take step-by-step photos of the process this year for you. If you’re nervous about making fudge, don’t be. This recipe is a breeze.

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Prepare your ingredients in advance. Start with two bowls and place 1 1/2 cups sugar and 6 Tablespoons margarine in each bowl.
You’ll be adding evaporated milk in a minute.

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You will also need 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate pieces and 1/2 cup peanut butter.

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You’ll also need one 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme. I think I originally found this recipe from a Kraft ad, especially since the recipe I wrote down calls for brand names.

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You’ll also need some heat.

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Place one of the bowls of sugar and margarine in a medium pot and add 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.

Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Seriously… don’t stop stirring.

Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for four minutes stirring constantly.

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Remove from heat and stir in chocolate pieces until melted and smooth.

Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and half of the jar of marshmallow creme.

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Then mix the marshmallow with the chocolate until well blended.

It doesn’t take long.

And, you can do it right in the pot.

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Then pour it into a greased 9 X 13 pan.

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Yu-uh-uum!

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Just spread it out evenly before it starts to cool and harden.

Then, clean your pot and beaters and get ready to go again.

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Sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk.

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Bring to a full rolling boil.

Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for four minutes.

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Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and stir until melted.

Add vanilla and remaining marshmallow creme.

And beat until well blended.

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Then pour right on top of the chocolate layer.

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And pour and pour.

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Use your spoon to spread it all around and to cover the chocolate completely.

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This is my favorite part.

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Coerce the peanut butter layer right up to the edge of the pan.

Do this pretty quickly so you can get it even before it starts to cool.

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When it’s cool, you can cut it lengthwise into evenly spaced strips.

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Then turn the pan and make evenly spaced cuts again.

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Then, cut in between those cuts for even smaller pieces of fudge.

I like the small size because you can get lots more pieces and also because one bite at a time is all you’ll really need.

This stuff is super sweet. And that’s saying a lot coming from me.

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After I divide the pan into pieces, I like to make another cut all the way around the perimeter of the pan.

Mainly so all the pieces have straight edges, but also because this fudge usually gets given away – and this way I can eat all the scraps.

Win. Win.

FYI… I prefer to use a glass baking dish when I make this fudge. I think it’s easier to slide a small, thin spatula underneath to lift up the pieces from the pan. Take your time removing them so the layers don’t try to separate.

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Here’s the full Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe I posted way back when. Before I realized anyone would actually find and read my site.

Enjoy! Hope you make some.

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Megan said...

Looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually might go make that right now… the kids are asleep and the husband is out!

December 26, 2010 11:45 PM
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Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

dear Lord i WILL be making this! holy wow…and i just thought the Christmas treats were over ;)

December 26, 2010 11:45 PM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Mmmm I NEED to make these tomorrow!

December 26, 2010 11:46 PM
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Heather said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

December 26, 2010 11:47 PM
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Ashley said...

YUM! That looks so amazing! Fudge always intimidates me but this looks so easy.

December 26, 2010 11:50 PM
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Jessica said...

This looks very much like the recipe I use (from the Jet-Puff Marshmallow Cream jar), but this year I decided to make an alteration to try something more … exotic.

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 Tbsp lime juice
11 oz package white chocolate pieces
7 oz. jar Marshmallow Creme
zest of two limes

This may need to be tweaked a little, but it has received good reviews so far. :)

December 26, 2010 11:52 PM
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Liz (It's A Cupcake World) said...

This looks amazing! I’ve had chocolate and peanut butter fudge before, but not in different layers like this. I must try these!

December 26, 2010 11:52 PM
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Sweet Bella Roos said...

Yum!! I made peanut butter cups this weekend (pics on blog soon!). Who can say no to chocolate and peanut butter?? Also, love your festive green nails :)

December 26, 2010 11:54 PM
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Bubble and Sweet said...

I just happen to have 3 jars of that Kraft Marshmallow Creme in my pantry, I think it’s fate. I really love peanut butter and choc fudge as well.

December 26, 2010 11:57 PM
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Kathleen said...

This looks off the charts amazing! YUM!!!

December 26, 2010 11:58 PM
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Lisa said...

I cannot wait to try this!

December 26, 2010 11:59 PM
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Amanda said...

Wow! This looks delicious! I’m going to have to make this soon.

December 27, 2010 12:07 AM
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MiMi N said...

Wow that looks amazing!! I can smell the fudge just by looking at the pictures! Thanks for the step by step photos. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

December 27, 2010 12:15 AM
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Rachael said...

I use sarran wrap to line the pan that way when it’s set I just lift the whole block out and cut :D

You can also butter your pan so the sarran wrap stays nice and straight.

December 27, 2010 12:16 AM
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Cate said...

This is the fudge I am going to be making this week. I am just making chocolate though. I got your book for Christmas and I love it!

December 27, 2010 12:18 AM
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Susie said...

omg! those are sooo sinful to look at! mmmmmm….This is my next recipie!

December 27, 2010 12:19 AM
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leslee said...

i have 2 lbs of granulated maple sugar-any ideas how i can adapt the recipe to use it?

December 27, 2010 12:20 AM
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Jennifer said...

Oh no, my secret’s out ! I have been using this recipe for years and always get raves. For my peanut butter, I use a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter chips, and eating it tastes like just eating peanut butter cookie dough (with no salmonella fears!). No one in my family will buy fudge anywhere because it’s such a letdown after this fudge.

Just the other day my husband said, “Why don’t more people make this fudge? Is it that big of a secret?” Not anymore ;-)

December 27, 2010 12:20 AM
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ai said...

This looks very delicious. I’d like to try this, but I don’t think I’ll find any marshmallow cream here :(

December 27, 2010 12:23 AM
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kangli said...

These are meant for a great sugar rush! Sinful :)

December 27, 2010 12:26 AM
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Lara Starr said...

Is that green nail polish? Super cute :)

December 27, 2010 12:38 AM
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DIane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}} said...

Fudge always reminds me of Christmas, but it’s certainly delicious any time. This fudge looks so good! I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks

December 27, 2010 12:41 AM
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Justeen @ Blissful Baking said...

yumm that fudge looks fabulous! i love the chocolate and peanut butter flavor combo!

December 27, 2010 12:47 AM
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Emily said...

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

December 27, 2010 12:48 AM
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Deanna G. said...

My absolute favorite part of this post is the green nail polish. You are so darn cute!

December 27, 2010 12:52 AM
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Savvy in San Francisco said...

Looks delicious! Can you use butter instead of margarine?

December 27, 2010 12:53 AM
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bellatheowl said...

in your original post, you added a comment about where it’s from… which you could source it from?

“originally from an ad promoting Kraft marshmallow creme”

December 27, 2010 01:01 AM
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Joanne Kennedy said...

I’ve been making this fudge for so many years I can’t remember how long :)

It is wonderful!

Here a few tips you could use.

1. use real butter, makes it much more rich :)
2. don’t use beaters. just use the spoon you have been stirring with. Everything melts fasts and stirs together easy. this way you don’t have to get out and clean the mixer :)
3. line your pan with foil and add butter to it. then you can lift it out of your pan and the fudge comes off super easy. plus, no pan to wash :)

December 27, 2010 01:32 AM
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Cakewhiz said...

Yummmyyyyy….my mouth got all watery! Lol

December 27, 2010 01:58 AM
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CakeStory said...

Yes, I think I WILL make these, Bakerella! I needed something transportable to take with me on a ski trip for New Year’s weekend and this sounds prefect!

December 27, 2010 02:13 AM
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Magdalena Vargas said...

Looks yummy. Plus I LOVE your green nails : )

December 27, 2010 02:22 AM
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Martine said...

It’s funny you say you always make this one recipe because it was the first to cross your path and it works so fine.
Same with me, I’ve been making my white chocolate fudge for over ten years too and never tried another though I have a book full of yummy fudge recipes!

December 27, 2010 02:33 AM
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catarina - sweetabycatarina.blogspot.com said...

I’m going to try this tomorrow since Iam snowed in. Nj is not my favorite state at the moment …:(

December 27, 2010 03:17 AM
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Kaixin said...

i know it’s totally not what i should be focusing on, but i love your nail colour! ;)

December 27, 2010 03:45 AM
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Kira said...

This looks so good:-D I don’t think I’ll be able to get either the milk or the marshmallow cream, but now I’ll be on a lookout, since I really want to try and make this.

December 27, 2010 04:36 AM
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The Sugar Fairy said...

Awesome. That green nail polish is just super awesome!

December 27, 2010 04:42 AM
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Chutzpah said...

Ooooh this looks great. I’m making this tomorrow, but I’ll use real butter (you couldn’t pay me to use margarine).

thanks for posting

December 27, 2010 06:11 AM
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Mae @ Passionatemae said...

i would love to make these..but I dont think i can find any marsmallows creme in Sydney..can I omit that? Or what can I substitute it with? I tried making a fudge before..and it was a DISASTER :(

December 27, 2010 06:46 AM
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Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

love anything peanut butter and chocolate… and love your green nail polish:-)

December 27, 2010 07:16 AM
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melanie said...

It’s so funny that you post this now because I do remember that original post and had planned on making some this Christmas, but was overzealous with my holiday baking ambitions…will definitely try for NYE!

December 27, 2010 07:18 AM
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Emily said...

This looks yummy! I bought your book yesterday and I love it. Congrats! It’s really beautiful. I’m off to the cake supply store this morning to get some supplies!

December 27, 2010 07:34 AM
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Alyssa said...

Ah, this one looks so much better than the one I made last week. Just an excuse to make it again!!

December 27, 2010 07:38 AM
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brandi said...

Yummy! I got your book for Christmas, can’t wait to try them out!!!

December 27, 2010 07:56 AM
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Ai said...

Mmmmmmm looks amazing :D The first and last time I tried peanut butter fudge was last Christmas ans I’ll be honest, it wasn’t that good. I think my expectations were too high :P But this recipe coming from you, I’m sure it’ll be a million times better than what I had before!! I’m so excited to try this out!!!

xoxo
Ai

December 27, 2010 08:24 AM
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Holly said...

Sounds easy and mouth watering. I’ll have to give these a try soon…just wondering, when you have a contest, where do we check to see if we were one of the lucky winners?
Happy New Year Everyone !

December 27, 2010 08:27 AM
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Donna said...

I knew it!!! You really ARE one of Santa’s Elves! The green nails say it all, and it’s no wonder you’re able to keep such a hectic schedule…those Keebler’s got nothing on you! :)

December 27, 2010 08:33 AM
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Cookie said...

Wow! Looks delicious love the color of your nail polish very festive

December 27, 2010 09:21 AM
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Iced Jems said...

Fantastic! Im always waiting for your next blog to try out new recipes! Now to find somewhere in the UK that sells marshmallow creme so I can try it out! x

December 27, 2010 09:30 AM
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Lynn @ Loco Cocoa's Treats said...

Oh, my I just swore off eating until 2012 now this!! thanks!

December 27, 2010 09:39 AM
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cote said...

looks delicious!
YUM YUM!

December 27, 2010 09:58 AM
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Tanya said...

excited to try this out!! :D i love your green nails, i’ve aked in those too hahaha ;) love the color!

December 27, 2010 10:06 AM
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maggie said...

Love your nails, and love the look of this fudge! I’m pretty sure if I made that I would end up eating the entire pan. Peanut butter and chocolate is my fave combination.

December 27, 2010 10:32 AM
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Julia said...

I always have problems with adding the chocolate pieces in. I can’t seem to find a way to stop it from burning : ( Help!

December 27, 2010 10:49 AM
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briarrose said...

Delicious! I love the different layers.

December 27, 2010 10:49 AM
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tina said...

Being from Ohio, this is what we’d call Buckeye Fudge :)

December 27, 2010 11:02 AM
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sylvia roman said...

con que puedo reemplazar la crema de Marshmallow????

December 27, 2010 11:07 AM
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Suzi said...

Just three years ago you had less than 60 comments. Now I’m sure you’ll get hundreds! Way to go! I got both your book and the big cupcake holder you talked about under the tree! Yay for me!

December 27, 2010 11:26 AM
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Shelly said...

My husband LOVES fudge! My gram’s recipe is good but this looks wonderful, I think I will have to try it! thanks!

December 27, 2010 11:34 AM
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Sabiilaa Saleem said...

Soo yumm!! This looks amazing!!!! I’ve had chocolate and peanut butter fudge before but not like this!

December 27, 2010 11:47 AM
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lisa said...

Give me a tummy ache (in a good way) just looking at the photos. :)

December 27, 2010 12:20 PM
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Kelly said...

yayyyy can’t wait to try it! thank you for sharing : )

December 27, 2010 12:23 PM
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Merlot Dalton said...

Wow that looks soo good! othing better then the chocolate peanut butter combo! Thanks for the recipe, i will be making it soon!

December 27, 2010 01:04 PM
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Lindsey said...

Wowzers that looks incredible. My dad told me this holiday that his favorite thing is fudge, looks like I know what I’ll be making him for his upcoming birthday :)

December 27, 2010 01:33 PM
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Alpha said...

This is an excellent step by step guide!!
Thanx! I’m gonna use this for new years celebration :)

December 27, 2010 02:51 PM
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Cooking Maiar said...

Well if I could find proper peanut butter here in France, I would fudge all new year’s eve long. It does look very, very sweet but also so good. Thanks for the great idea!

December 27, 2010 03:24 PM
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Christina said...

Yum! I’m not much of a fudge maker, but maybe i should remedy that?

December 27, 2010 03:36 PM
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Amy said...

To everyone asking about omitting the marshmallow creme: I don’t know exactly if it will hurt it, though it may not stay together very good. Try google searching for a marshmallow creme recipe. I’ve found them before, though never actually used them.

This looks so darn yummy!!! Sure, Bakerella… go on… wave around your fudge in front of the pregnant lady ;)

PS my husband got me your Cake Pops book for Christmas – he’s one smart man!! lol

December 27, 2010 03:46 PM
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Maggie said...

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/mr-peanuts-double-fantasy-90792.aspx

^ this is the original recipe. I found it =)

December 27, 2010 04:44 PM
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Jenny said...

Peanut butter and chocolate……two of my favorite things! Can’t wait to try these!

December 27, 2010 05:47 PM
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Katie Nixon said...

I am about to have lapband surgery and will miss sweets more than you know. But, it is worth it to be healthy. I will continue to bake and love your blog! Thank you!

December 27, 2010 05:53 PM
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Sondra said...

Bakerella–Did you notice the comments on your original post? You told someone it was an receipe on an ad from Kraft promoting the marshmallow creme! You were right!

Looks good too, by the way!

December 27, 2010 06:02 PM
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Anne Freitas said...

OMG this looks sooooooooo good!! And I love your nail polish!

December 27, 2010 07:13 PM
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angela .s. said...

Nice nails and funny too.

December 27, 2010 07:31 PM
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angela .s. said...

Nice nails!

December 27, 2010 07:32 PM
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angela .s. said...

Nice nails!

December 27, 2010 07:32 PM
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Stephenie said...

Yay! Thank you for posting an easy fudge recipe. I have been afraid to try making fudge again after the fudge disaster of ’08.

December 27, 2010 08:30 PM
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Heidi's Recipes said...

Just last week my recently teenaged daughter asked me, “Mom, why are you scared to make fudge?” Gotcha! Guess I’ll try this recipe for New Year’s and face my fear. Thanks! Happy New Year!

December 27, 2010 09:03 PM
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Sues said...

There’s nothing better in the world than peanut butter fudge!! And yours looks so, so, so good!! :)

December 27, 2010 09:25 PM
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Beth Hawks said...

This looks divine! I’m always afraid of making fudge, but this looks easy and delicious.

December 27, 2010 09:25 PM
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Karen said...

Jennifer…I, too, use the Reese’s peanut butter chips…yummy! I love it!

Love the green nails! Very Christmas Tree-like!!! Happy New Year!!!

December 27, 2010 10:09 PM
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Notes from Holly St. said...

this looks delish!! i usually find fudge to be too sweet but i bet the peanut butter gives it a perfect balance.

December 27, 2010 10:43 PM
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Catarina said...

Since I was snowed in I was not able to make this today… By the way Angie I got your book. When will you be NJ again? I missed your last Book signing…

December 27, 2010 10:51 PM
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emmmily said...

could I make this recipe with mini marshmallows instead of marshmallow creme? and if so how many cups would it take?

December 28, 2010 12:45 AM
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Amy @ Serve At Once said...

I really enjoy chocolate fudge. I really enjoy peanut butter fudge. I really enjoy both chocolate and peanut butter together, yet I have never thought about making both chocolate and peanut butter fudge on top of each other.

Bakerella…bless you.

December 28, 2010 01:34 AM
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Persis said...

hey, i just want to let you know, that i visit you blog quite often and that i’m thankful for great inspiration and beautiful images. I hope it’s okay for you that i posted your link on my blog today!?Best wishes!!

December 28, 2010 05:48 AM
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dee whisnant said...

Are those YOUR Fingernails?!? AWESOME…oh and so’s the fudge recipe! Thanks~

December 28, 2010 06:52 AM
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Katrina said...

Great recipe! I can’t wait to try this.

December 28, 2010 07:31 AM
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Hayley said...

Is there any alternative to the marshmallow cream? I live in Australia and we don’t have that here…
This fudge looks amazing x

December 28, 2010 07:55 AM
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Tartricia said...

After 87 comments, I don’t think you get to read mine….but I just wanted to say you, that I always get your post via rss, and always see them first in my phone (where I cannot see properly the images), and the first thing I do when I am back home is to put on my computer and check your web to see it all!!! Good luck Bakerella….:)

December 28, 2010 07:57 AM
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Amy said...

Have been enjoying your blog for a long time now, and so have many of my friends. Even your old post looks fabulous to me! Someone may have already made this comment, but… I think your recipe for the chocolate version is actually on the back of the marshmallow creme jars…called Fantasy Fudge. My mom has always used it, and I do, too. We just came up with the amount of peanut butter to add by trial and error. We don’t layer ours, but make both kinds each year. Great stuff!!!

December 28, 2010 09:11 AM
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under said...

That is just the recipe I use for peanut butter fudge..for years because you can’t goof it up. And it’s sooo melt in your mouth delicious.

December 28, 2010 10:07 AM
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Michela Y said...

My dad makes a very similar recipe every year (starting around Thanksgiving and going non-stop until amost New Year’s Day) and he found his recipe on the back of the Marshmellow Fluff Jar. I don’t know if both the peanut butter and chocolate versions are there…but it tastes so delicious!

December 28, 2010 11:01 AM
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Erika said...

That looks so yummy, but I was just wondering… Could I replace the evaporated milk with i.e. coconut milk? I’m a lactose-intoleranse AND they don’t even sell that stuff in my country in regular shops. Ethnic shops might sell it, but there are only a few in my hometown and I’m not sure if I have ever seen it there… Ah!

December 28, 2010 11:16 AM
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cupcake said...

these look soooo good

December 28, 2010 04:01 PM
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Seanna Lea said...

I love fudge. I usually make the never fail fudge (off of a marshmallow fluff container), but one of my friends has an aversion to marshmallow fluff so I am going to make Opera Fudge hopefully this weekend!

December 28, 2010 05:03 PM
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sewmagickal said...

I have been looking for this fudge recipe for ages. I found the recipe in a magazine a long time ago (at least 20 years)and I believe it was called “Chocolate Peanut Butter Ribbon Fudge”.
Thanks for posting.

December 28, 2010 05:05 PM
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Stephanie Shier said...

It’s fate. It was meant to be. I was just searching the net for easy fudge – something that did not need a thermometer – they scare me! And voila!!

I just finished making it…..can’t wait till it cooled so I – ummm – I mean my family can devour it!! Thank you!

December 28, 2010 06:31 PM
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bakingaddict said...

This looks divine!

December 28, 2010 06:48 PM
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Rosebud said...

I so want to make this! it looks freakishly good. BTW, nice nails! electric lime green. :)

December 28, 2010 07:13 PM
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The Newlywed Chefs said...

There may not be a more perfect combination than peanut butter and chocolate. Delicious!

December 28, 2010 08:34 PM
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