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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate peanut butter fudge is a smooth and creamy fudge made with only three ingredients! Even better, this easy fudge recipe is made with condensed milk and comes together quickly in the microwave. Start your timer because in less than 10 minutes you can make this rich, chocolate treat!

One square of chocolate peanut butter fudge with a bite taken out

Thanks to Amanda at Recipes Worth Repeating. I originally shared this fudge recipe on her site. I am happy to post it here today for my readers. 

Making fudge is an annual ritual for me that occurs in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In those weeks, time is short and the list of things to do is long, so having an easy microwave fudge recipe is appreciated.

A bite of fudge is a decadent treat. Giving this homemade gift to others is a thoughtful way to share goodies from your kitchen. A little fudge goes a long way so package this up in a small tin and wish your friends and family a happy holiday!

You don’t have to limit making fudge to the Christmas holidays. Try this Easter White Chocolate Fudge for a fun change!

How do you make chocolate peanut butter fudge in the microwave?

  1. Microwave half of the condensed milk with the chocolate chips. Separately microwave the remaining sweetened condensed milk with the peanut butter.
  2. Layer the chocolate mixture and the peanut butter mixture in an aluminum foil lined pan.
  3. Swirl the layers. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  4. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Collage of six steps to make microwave chocolate peanut butter fudge

Using the microwave to make fudge makes this a quick and easy recipe. Nearly all the “work” is handled by the microwave making this no bake dessert a popular one. 

Plan ahead and allow enough time for the fudge to set in the refrigerator. Three to four hours should be just right or make it ahead and let the fudge rest in the refrigerator overnight.

Can you make fudge with condensed milk?

Yes, making fudge with condensed milk is a short cut that allows this fudge to be made with only three ingredients. Sweetened condensed milk is the full name and it is exactly as it sounds– milk that has been sweetened with sugar and sometimes butter and vanilla are added too. 

Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food makes a sugar-free low carb sweetened condensed milk from scratch which I’d like to sample.

Sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips and peanut butter in glass measuring cups

What other recipes made with condensed milk?

Can you make fudge with three ingredients?

Yes! Once you’ve taken the above mentioned short cut of using sweetened condensed milk, making fudge with three ingredients is a breeze. Obviously you’ll need a chocolate layer and a peanut butter layer in this two layer fudge, so your three ingredients will be sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Three ingredients of condensed milk, peanut butter and chocolate chips for fudge recipe

What type of chocolate chips are best for fudge?

Selecting the type of chocolate for this fudge recipe is a personal preference. I often use semi-sweet chocolate chips but dark chocolate chips are a good choice too. Combining both make for a nice balance of chocolate flavors.

Buy a chocolate chip that you enjoy eating. This sounds obvious but isn’t always. You’ll want to purchase the nicest chocolate you can buy. When you only have three ingredients, they need to be high quality since that is what you’ll taste in your finished product!

What kind of peanut butter is best? Smooth or chunky?

Here I’ve used smooth peanut butter. It makes for a creamy bite of fudge.

If you’d like to add a bit of texture, then by all means, go ahead and use chunky peanut butter.

What else could I add to this fudge?

If you’d like to expand on your three ingredient fudge, there are many ways you could go. Try adding any of these festive touches:

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Dried fruit
  • Pecans
  • White chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Candy (leftover Halloween candy anyone?)

How do you make the swirl?

You may build the chocolate and peanut butter fudge in two distinct layers with a solid layer of one and then the other.

Alternatively you can make one solid layer of chocolate, which is what I chose to do, then add the peanut butter and swirl it in. I like the bottom layer of chocolate because it is a firm foundation and the creamy peanut butter layer sits beautifully on top.

An easy way to create swirls is to add scoops of the chocolate then the peanut butter using either an ice cream scoop or a large spoon. This method is similar to how you might create swirls in a bundt cake. Alternate the flavors then take a knife and go back and forth to mix them together.

Swirls of peanut butter and chocolate fudge in a blue pan with knife resting on side

Is this better as a layered fudge?

You decide! I’ve made this two flavored fudge both ways. Leave the layers as distinct flavors with chocolate first then peanut butter on top or combine the two in a swirl and marbled pattern of sorts. 

I do recommend that the chocolate layer is the base layer because it is a touch more stable and solid than the peanut butter layer. It is easier to keep it as the steady bottom layer which makes cutting this fudge easier.

layers of chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge in a blue 8 by 8 pan

How do you slice fudge?

  • Fudge slices best with a sharp chef’s knife.
  • Cold fudge slices more easily. Do not let the fudge come to room temperature before cutting.
  • Warm your knife first: run your knife under hot water from the tap. Dry off the knife with a clean cloth. Use the warmed knife to slice through the cold fudge.
  • Have you tried slicing fudge with dental floss? Use the unflavored, non-coated floss. Take a long piece and slide it through the fudge for nice, clean cut lines.

How to store fudge

Storing homemade fudge is best in the refrigerator. It tastes great cold but you can also leave it out on the countertop to come to room temperature before enjoying this treat.

Squares of chocolate peanut butter fudge on a white plate and marble countertop

Did you find this blog post and these step-by-step instructions helpful? If you’ve tried my Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how it turned out in the comments below! I love hearing from you!

Yield: 36

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Squares of chocolate peanut butter fudge on a white plate and marble countertop

Chocolate peanut butter fudge is a smooth and creamy fudge made with only three ingredients! Even better, this easy fudge is made with condensed milk and comes together quickly in the microwave.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 ounce)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)

Instructions

Prepare an 8 by 8 pan with aluminum foil. Spray with baking spray.

In a microwave safe container, combine the peanut butter and half of the sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on half power for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

In a second microwave safe container, combine the chocolate chips and the remaining sweetened condensed milk. Stir until smooth.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. Pour or scoop out the peanut butter mixture on top. Spread evenly. Take a knife, spray it with baking spray, then run it through the two layers to combine, creating swirls. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours. Cut into squares to serve. Store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.

Notes

  • I used smooth peanut butter, but you could also use chunky peanut butter to add texture.
  • Dark chocolate would be wonderful, too! Use any type of chocolate chips that you’d like.
  • One inch squares is the serving size

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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Michele

Sunday 29th of December 2019

I made these and they are AMAZING!! So easy, but you'd never know that they were microwaved and done in less than 10 min (not including refrigerator time). Will make these again. Can you freeze them?

Holly Baker

Sunday 5th of January 2020

Yes, freezing should be fine.

JOSEFINE

Thursday 26th of September 2019

Yum I love peanut butter ! These look so simple to make!

John

Friday 4th of January 2019

This looks really good! And its so easy to make!

Holly Baker

Saturday 5th of January 2019

You are exactly right-- this fudge could NOT be any easier!

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Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Holly, this sounds awesome. Believe it or not I still need to make a few more sweets!

Toni

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Wow my mouth is watering !!! Definitely want to try this.