So, this was a staple in my house during the holidays while I was growing up. It still is. I have to make at least one batch of this stuff every year. This makes me wonder why haven't shared it on the blog yet. I love this recipe, because it uses ingredients I always have at my house. I've never had to make a trip to the store to make this stuff. No marshmallow needed for this fudge recipe. This recipe is super easy. I've never messed up a batch of this stuff, which I definitely cannot say about fudge recipes that use marshmallow.
Mom's Peanut Butter Fudge
- 3 cups Sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter
In a large pot bring sugar, milk, and butter to a roling boil. Cook stirring occasionally (don't over stir, you don't want the sugar to crystalize) until a spoonful of the mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into very cold water. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, salt, and vanilla.Pour into greased 8x8 pan and let cool.
Notes: Softball stage is about 235F on your candy thermometer, but I agree with mom. Testing the mixture in cold water just seems to be more reliable than a candy thermometer. Sometimes, I still use the thermometer, so I have a better idea of when I need to start testing in the cold water.
Try adding 1/4 cup cocoa powder at the begging with sugar, milk, and butter to make chocolate peanut butter fudge.