Do you wish to be the hit of your Christmas party? Do you often want to look like a baker, without actually taking the time to become one? Are you short on time and need a dessert for a party you are attending? Look no further that this fudge hack. Keep reading for the recipe for The Easiest Fudge to make.
Published December 9, 2021
Updated March 28, 2022
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The One I Cannot Make
Today I was looking to nibble something sweet, but without a long enough time set aside to bake cookies or something more complex, I busted out this super easy fudge hack. This recipe involves only two ingredients and takes just a few minutes; compared to traditional fudge that can take up to an hour with many more hours to cool in the fridge.
To be honest, the times I have attempted fudge have always failed. Looking back, I can say with certainty that not having a candy thermometer was my downfall. However, I had my super-sweet kitchen helper Elliana with me today making this delicious dessert!
The Importance of a Thermometer
Traditional fudge needs to be cooked to a certain temperature for several minutes and when done, cooled in a pan in the fridge for up to 2-hours. Each time, in the past, that I have attempted to make it, it has been not solid. If you make fudge and it does not come out properly, you can try to add a splash of evaporated milk, cook it to temperature again, and cool it again with hopes and prayers to the baking god.
Properly cooked fudge needs to be brought to a boil to a temperature of 234 degrees, and if you do not have a candy thermometer, bring the mixture to a boil for 7-8 minutes, but NO longer than 9 minutes!
This is the actual Candy Boil Thermometer that I use. It is made by Good Cook and has a hook to attach to any pan with a very easy to read level. The case not only helps to protect the glass while stored, but also has a list of temperatures necessary for foods to cook to.
Now I am excited to try to make traditional fudge with my candy thermometer! If you have an amazing and delicious no-fail fudge recipe that even I could do, please feel free to drop it in the comments! I would love to try it!
What you will need
9 X 9-inch pan
That is it! Honestly, no boiling, no cooling for 2 hours, no thermometers and no hot pans. And if your kids are also the dish washers at the end of the day, complaining about the mass of dishes, they will be excited to not have a ton to wash.
Cost breakdown for this recipe
With this recipe being only two ingredients, the cost is incredibly easy to figure out.
Peanut Butter $1.39
The total cost for this recipe is $2.74!
And I used the “good peanut butter”, that is natural and without any ridiculous ingredients. For a delicious and super easy to make fudge recipe, that cost is fantastic!
Easy Fudge Recipe
1 16-oz jar of peanut butter
1 16-oz jar of frosting
As for the frosting, you can literally choose whichever you wish. For example, some of the flavors of frosting to use are vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, cherry, coconut, and more! There are SO many different flavors to purchase. I do not always have pre-made, but for fun and easy projects, it is really nice to have one or two jars sitting in the pantry.
1. Unscrew the tops of both peanut butter and frosting jars.
2. Remove the seals entirely off of the jars before placing them in the microwave. This by far is the most important step, as any seals or wrappers that contain metal will cause fireworks in your microwave.
3. Place both of the jars into the microwave making sure that none of the seals remain on the jar. This vintage microwave came with the house when we moved into it in 2019. I cannot wait to work on our kitchen so we can get an above the stove one with a proper vent hood! But for now, it is free, works and sometimes clean.
4. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until almost liquid.
5. While the jars are melting in the microwave, place a piece of wax paper into the 9 X 9-inch square baking dish.
Use two clips to stabilize the wax paper so it stays in place. These clips are so versatile! They literally help the wax paper stay put while the mixture is added to the pan, and the wax paper is so the fudge does not stick to the pan.
6. Pour the frosting into the Pyrex Measuring bowl and then use a spatula to scrape the sides of the jar so every drop is used!
7. Pour the peanut butter into the Pyrex Measuring bowl when it is liquid and no longer solid.
To test the consistency of the peanut butter, tip it slowly over the bowl to make sure it can freely pour. If the peanut butter will not pour out, place it in the microwave for an additional 15-20 seconds.
8. Using the spatula, mix the frosting with the peanut butter until completely combined.
9. Pour out the mixture into the prepared 9 X 9-inch baking dish and then use an offset spatula to smooth out the mixture.
10. Finally, let The Easiest Fudge rest in the pan to cool, cut and serve!
Recipe for The Easiest Fudge
The Easiest Recipe for Fudge, EVER – only two ingredients
- 9 X 9-inch pan
- Medium Bowl microwave safe
- Wax Paper
- 16 oz Peanut Butter
- 16 oz Frosting Jar
- Unscrew the tops of both peanut butter and frosting jars.
- Remove the seals entirely off of the jars making sure no seal bits remain.
- Place both of the jars into the microwave.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes or until almost liquid.
- While the jars are melting in the microwave, place a piece of wax paper into the 9 X 9-inch square baking dish.
- Use two clips to stabilize the wax paper so it stays in place.
- Pour the frosting into the mixing bowl and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the jars so every drop is used and gets out of the jars.
- Pour the peanut butter into the mixing bowl when it is liquid and no longer solid.
- To test the consistency of the peanut butter, tip it slowly over the bowl to make sure it can freely pour.
- Using the spatula, mix the frosting with the peanut butter until completely combined.
- Pour the fudge into the prepared 9 X 9-inch baking dish and then use an offset spatula to smooth out the mixture.
- Use wax paper to gently press the fudge down into the pan.
- Let it rest in the pan to cool, then cut and serve!
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