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Dad’s Favorite Peanut Butter Fudge

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This peanut butter fudge recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. My Dad found it in a large cookbook entitled, “ideals Desserts, Candy & Cookie Cookbook”, and it’s been a family-favorite ever since!

I can still remember as a young child seeing my Dadย head into the kitchen, hearing the gentle clanging of pots and pans and feeling my heart do a little happy dance.

Dad’s making candy!

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Within moments, I was beside him in the kitchen, and he would ask if I would like to help. Of course! I absolutely loved spending time with my Dad — we always had a great time together! My first job as a young girl was buttering the plate for the candy. When I got a little older, Dad would let me stir the candy and taught me how to properly check for the “soft ball” stage. Dad was always encouraging, telling me not to worry if it didn’t turn out. “If it’s too soft, we’ll have a great topping for ice-cream, and if it’s too hard, we’ll eat it fast while it’s still warm.” Dad would say while smiling at me.

Sue’s Easy 15-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

*I prefer to use organic ingredients

-In medium saucepan, combine:

1 cup raw cane sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

-Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to softly boil. Cook to 240 degrees. (For some reason, mine tends to heat fairly quickly, and I take it off of the burner at 230 degrees.)

-Remove from heat, and add:

1 cup mini marshmallows (or homemade marshmallow recipe here)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

-Mix with a wooden spoon for several minutes. Candy will become creamy, thicken and start to lose it’s gloss.

-Spread onto a buttered dish (Dad and I always used a large dinner plate.)

-This recipe can easily be doubled.

So beautiful and delicious!

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This candy recipe is so dear to my heart. Yes, it tastes amazing, it’s an incredibly easy recipe to follow and we all know I’m fond of peanut butter! But it’s so much more than that — it brings back suchย wonderful memories with my wonderful Dad, andย it reminds me of his encouragement, love and kindness. Always taking the time to cook with me, laugh with me and sharing the bowl and spoon with me.

I look forward to the day I will see my Dad again. For now, I hold him close to my heart.

I love you, Dad — you’re the best!

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36 Comments

  1. Such a beautiful presentation, Anna! I love that this started as your father’s recipe! How precious!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lana!

  2. This fudge looks delicious, and I love that it has ties to a memory of your father.

    1. Thank you so much, Julie!

  3. Beautiful post Anna. It’s always lovely when a recipe is connected to family members. Loved reading this x

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Roberta!

  4. I love fudge and this looks delicious !!! yum

  5. So sweet Anna. Thank you for sharing your memories with us (and a much needed good peanut butter fudge recipe)!

    1. Thank you, sweet Sadie! (and your very welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  6. Sounds so delicious. I never made a fudge … I really need to try!

    1. Thank you, Claudia! If you enjoy the flavor of peanut butter, I think you’ll really enjoy this candy!

      1. Thank you, Anna. Yes I do like the flavor of peanuts and Addison does too. Peanuts are her favorite treats at Christmastime. She eats them more then cookies!

        1. That is so sweet how Addison likes peanuts! I think you would both really like this candy then. ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Yes, I`m pretty sure we all would love it! OH, and yes, she is crazy about peanuts, has always been. She`s eating them since she can chew and prefers them much over sweets ๐Ÿ˜‰

          2. That’s so wonderful! So much healthier than sweets! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Gorgeous post! what a special dad! the memories are lovely and the recipe is so yummy. This sounds like a must try for us, we love peanut butter! I love your little happy dancing heart! So lovely, I will pin this, try it and share it! hugs love Lynn

    1. Thank you so much, dearest Lynn! I hope you’ll let me know if you try it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Big hugs!

      1. I have to, I love these yumm hugs dear

        1. Big hugs to my wonderful Lynn! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. You are the sweetest Anna! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. What a beautiful post about your dad! A wonderful reminder (especially this time of year when the temptation to go over the top is so great) that sometimes the most simple everyday moments we share with our children are the ones that they hold closest to their hearts forever. Thank you for sharing your memories- and the delicious looking fudge recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, I agree completely — it really is the everyday moments that we often hold most dear to our hearts. Those very special moments that become treasured memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. I don’t see how anyone could resist this fudge, Anna! I want to reach out and take a piece right off that plate. All my family love fudge, and this does look rather special. I loved reading your memories of you and your dad, happy together in the kitchen. Lovely post.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Millie! I wish you could come over, and I would share with you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I dearly loved spending time with my Dad!

      1. I’d give anything to come over and say ‘hello’ Anna. I would love to taste your wonderful fudge. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. That would be so lovely, Millie! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. It would, Anna. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Nicole

    I remember grampa making the fudge…it was the best. I wish I could taste yours…I’ve been craving it ever since I saw this pic!!!

    1. Yes, Grandpa’s was the best!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time we get together, let’s make it!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. This looks like a great recipe – I can think of many people who would love this (I’m probably first on that list).

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’ll have the opportunity to make it and let me know how you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much for following Life Bellissima! I look forward to visiting your blog as well! All the best for a wonderful 2016!
      ~ Anna

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