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 Dad 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!
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!
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 such wonderful memories with my wonderful Dad, and 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!