My grandmother and I usually make batches of candy and fudge each year around the holidays. She is the reason, I am convinced, for my sugar cravings, and usually, chocolate. I know this isn’t the best habit, but it does make me happy to have something sweet, even if it’s just a little piece.
Because of my time spent baking with all of my grandmothers, I became pretty good at it. Most of my family has the recipes in their head and pour the ingredients from how much they feel it needs, or habit. I love improvising too, but I am not as wise as they are, so I usually start with research and then see what I can mix together and then bake it. I always bake when I’m stressed, and it really soothes me and gets my creative juices flowing.
Lately, I have been sleeping 2 hours and then waking up. The best and worst thing about tonight, I woke up craving Fudge. It doesn’t help that we just visited Rock City Gardens and I tried their Pumpkin Spice Fudge (which they were sold out of) and couldn’t let the craving go. Unfortunately, I did not have ingredients to make Pumpkin Spice Fudge. However, I had several jars of PB2 in the pantry and some marshmallows I have been just eating late night already (people eat them like this, don’t let them lie to you).
After researching a couple of quick fudge recipes online, I could find something that allowed me to use all that I wanted to get rid of in the pantry, so I improvised, and I must say, 2:00 AM creativity tasted pretty good.
Here is the recipe – I hope you enjoy!
Late Night Pantry Peanut Butter Marshmallow and Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- 1/2-3/4 Butter (Stick or Spread)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 Cup Regular Milk or Heavy Cream or 1 – 5oz. can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
- 2 Cups of Peanut Butter – (I use PB2 – If you use this – Mix it before you start!)
- 1.5 Cups of Mini Marshmallows or – 7 oz. can marshmallow cream
- 1/2 Cup Toll House Triple Chip Morsels (Or whatever you have) – I mix 1/4 cup in and saved the rest for the topping.
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract – if you don’t have it, skip it – it isn’t necessary!
Feel free to improvise, as that is what I had to do. This should give you some pointers though 🙂
- Melt Butter and add in Sugar on Medium/High and stir until mixed. You can really go in any order and add the peanut butter last, but this is what most I have learned from reading recipes for fudge online.
- Bring Butter and Sugar to Boil and then turn down a bit to add marshmallows until melted.
- Once melted and mixed, pour in milk/heavy cream (Whatever your choice is, I was cleaning out the pantry, so heavy cream it was.)
- Bring all ingredients to a boil and mix thoroughly.
- Now, remove from heat and add in peanut butter and stir, stir, stir. (I use a whisk).
- As I mentioned earlier, I use PB2 because not only do I love the taste, but I also love that is is less fatty oils and better for you, without tasting like it.
- If you decide to do this, mix the peanut butter before you start the other ingredients (it will tell you the ratio, but usually 2 PB2 to 1 Water)
- Now for the chocolate. Mix it in!
- I love all chocolate, so I mixed in this pre-mixed bag of Nestle White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate. I only mixed about 1/4 Cup and saved the rest for the topping! If you want to add a swirl effect, you can melt and pour it on top and mix in later when it is almost cool, or swirl lightly, versus mix. It tastes great either way.
- Once mixed and semi cool, pour into your desired pan or on parchment paper (like the pros).
- Let it cool, and sprinkle your topping or just leave it as is. Once cool, you can eat it out of the bowl if you are fancy like me, or you can cut into squares and take it to your family or co-workers.
- Pat yourself on the back, you just used some awesome pantry finds to whip up greatness in less than 30 minutes. Now if only you can bribe someone to help you clean the kitchen.
One of the things I always laughed about is how extensive most people (that I have encountered anyways) think it is to make fudge. There are so many recipes online, and although some are more difficult, it really is just about setting aside time to focus and prepping ingredients first. Watching the heat is really the hardest part.
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Oh, and yes, this is a tech blog, but sometimes, I just like to write (and bake) and needed a place to share. I figured the audience wouldn’t mind a little sweet tease, am I right?
Cheers – Jonna