This is a fudge recipe my mom found many years ago in a magazine. She had the original copy of it, cut from the pages of the magazine, in her recipe box for years. I have no idea what magazine it was found in, it must have been before I was born because I do not remember a Christmas when we didn't enjoy this fudge. Now, for my kids, it is the epitomy of what Christmas food is about. If there is no Florida Fudge, then Christmas just isn't right. The chocolate-peanut butter goodness of this fudge is better than a peanut butter cup, yet it is much easier to make. There is no candy thermometer involved. No dropping fudge into cold water to get it to soft ball stage. It is so simple and delicious that you are going to want to make it a Christmas staple at your house.
Before I give you the recipe, let me give you a few tips. .First of all, this recipe calls for "Heaping Tablespoons" of Cocoa and Peanut Butter. I feel like I don't see those kinds of measurements much any more. Everyone is much more precise in their cooking. Let me show you what "heaping" looks like.
The recipe asks you to cook and stir constantly the sugar, cocoa and milk (canned evaporated, not sweetened condensed) mixture until it reaches a rolling boil. That means that there will be big bubbles that don't disappear as you stir. Then, you turn off the heat and add the peanut butter. You will use your hand mixer to beat in the peanut butter until it holds its shape. Don't let it get super stiff or it will dry out and be hard to scoop out. It should look like this:
Now it is ready to drop onto waxed paper. You can pour it into a pan, but our traditional way is to drop it on waxed paper into nuggets of goodness. You can't argue with tradition. (Well, not in this case anyway.)
Here is the printable recipe!
I hope you give this recipe a try! You are going to love it. Santa would love those two little pieces of fudge on his plate on Christmas Eve. (He has left us notes and told us that he loves it!) Come back tomorrow for something just as delicious, but a little more savory!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!