This dreamy peanut butter fantasy fudge is remarkably simple to make and offers the perfect smooth creamy fudge that will melt in your mouth.
How to Make Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge
Generally speaking, it’s easier to make this peanut butter fantasy fudge if you measure all of the ingredients ahead of time and have them ready to go. Candy is rather finicky and you need to be able to work fast.
In a medium saucepan combine the butter, evaporated milk and sugar over medium heat. I generally use (5) on my gas stove, stirring constantly. Be aware that evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are not the same and are not interchangeable. If you make the mistake of using sweetened condensed milk your fudge will not set and will taste terrible.
Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and boil it for EXACTLY 5 minutes, stirring constantly. A rolling boil is when the “boil” doesn’t go away while you’re actively stirring!
If you don’t make candy very often and you’re worried that your fudge won’t come out, the precise temperature is 234°F if you’re using REAL butter and 237°F-239°F if you’re using margarine. In case you’re wondering why there’s a difference, margarine contains more water and the extra cooking time evaporates the liquid, concentrating the sugar. You can use a digital candy thermometer spatula to stir with to see the exact temperature if you’d like.
Immediately remove from the heat and add the entire jar of marshmallow creme, vanilla extract, and the peanut butter . . .
Working quickly, stir constantly until the ingredients are smooth and fully incorporated.
Pour the fudge in a 9″x9″ buttered foil pan, or round cake pan if you want to cut the fudge into even-sized wedges instead. This is handy if you want to decorate the wedges to look like reindeer for gift-giving. The pan below is actually a Christmas silicone mold for making 6 individual bars of fudge.
Set the pan on a cooling rack and leave it alone until cool (at least 2 hours). Try not to move it or touch it as this will make your fudge crack. This recipe makes 3 lbs of dreamy peanut butter fantasy fudge. Sometimes we use small foil pans and make three individual one-pound pans of fudge instead for gift-giving.
Tips-n-Tricks Before you Start
There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re making candy, the most important being don’t waste your time or ingredients cooking on rainy days. This is NOT a rainy day activity. High humidity has a tendency to cause candy recipes to fail or at the very least, to come out sticky and less than perfect.
If you’re planning on using a thermometer to ensure the candy reaches the perfect temperature, be sure to test it to ensure it’s working properly. Like everything else, thermometers have a shelf life and they’re not always accurate. Candy isn’t cheap to make, the ingredients can be rather costly, so wasting them really isn’t an option.
Always use a heavy saucepan that has tall sides. Once the candy reaches a rolling boil, it becomes almost foamy and can easily boil over or splatter, causing serious burns.
Original Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge Recipe
1 – 9″x9″ foil pan, lightly Buttered. To easy butter a pan without a mess, slip a sandwich baggie over your hand, dip in some soft butter and wipe the pan with it.
- In a medium saucepan combine margarine, evaporated milk and sugar over medium heat.
- Bring it to a rolling boil and boil it for EXACTLY 5 minutes, stirring constantly (A rolling boil is when the “boil” doesn’t go away while your actively stirring!).
- Immediately remove from the heat and add the entire jar of marshmallow creme, vanilla extract, and peanut butter stirring constantly until smooth and fully incorporated.
- Pour into a 9″x9″ buttered foil pan, or round cake pan if you want to cut the fudge into even-sized wedges instead.
- Set on a cooling rack and leave it alone until cool (at least 2 hours). This makes 3 lbs of dreamy peanut butter fantasy fudge.
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