The most decadent and delicious Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge! The silkiest, chocolatiest fudge mixture is mixed with Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, peanut butter swirls, and topped with sea salt. The best news? You won’t need a sugar thermometer with this easy cheat’s fudge!
Of all the things that I’ve ever stuffed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into (my mouth being probably the number one destination), I think this is the best so far. I LOVE my easy fudge. It’s one of my favourite, most versatile recipes on my blog. I’ve used it to make bounty fudge and S’mores fudge (oh my god) – in short, you can use it as a base to hold your favourite ingredients!
When I came back from honeymoon with a stash of peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups I knew I had to make this fudge. If you’re addicted to the whole sweet/salty chocolate peanut butter combo (1. and who isn’t? 2. you must make these brownies), you will love these! The other great thing about them is that they make the perfect gift for anyone who loves chocolate. Whip up a big batch of this fudge, package the squares up in some pretty presentation bags, tie with ribbon, and you’ve got yourself some gorgeous homemade Christmas presents.
I always pick up my mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from Asda because they’re so much cheaper than other supermarkets (maybe the walmart thing?) and you can get white and milk ones too – so handy for baking delicious treats (or just eating from the bag). If you’re in the UK you probably won’t be able to get your hands on any peanut butter chips except online, but that won’t make much difference at all – this fudge will still be loaded with yummy chocolate peanut butter flavour. (My thoughts on peanut butter chips – they’re handy and quite tasty but they aren’t the healthiest – they contain hydrogenated oils). But don’t worry, you can easily substitute them with some good old peanut butter!
If you’ve ever been apprehensive about making homemade fudge, this easy version is for you! There’s no soft ball stage, no sugar thermometer’s, and no worry that it will possibly go wrong – it simply turns out perfectly every single time! It’s so easy to make from ingredients you may have on hand too – just a tin of condensed milk, and dark chocolate, which are heated in the microwave. You won’t believe how good it tastes! Just have your greased pan and mix-ins or toppings ready to go, because once the condensed milk and chocolate are melted, the mixture starts to firm up quickly!
A little friendly warning – this addictive stuff takes about 4 minutes to make and has only 4 ingredients!
- 500g plain chocolate (55 - 70% cocoa solids)
- 1 397g can condensed milk
- 100g peanut butter chips (or substitute with peanut butter, swirl about three tablespoons into the chocolate fudge when it's just melted)
- 240g peanut butter cups (equivelant to 12 large cups, chopped into small (1cm ish) pieces. (Reserve 80g to decorate the top)
- Sea salt
- Let's begin! First, prepare a 8 x 8" pan by greasing it with vegetable oil, and cut up your peanut butter cups and prepare your peanut butter or peanut butter chips.
- Next, break up your chocolate into small chunks, and pop into a medium-large heatproof bowl. Heat on high at 30 second intervals until it's almost melted. Stir between each interval to ensure it doesn't burn.
- Add the can of condensed milk to the chocolate, stir well and then return to the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it through. Using a large spatula, quickly stir most of the cut up peanut butter cups into the fudge (reserving the rest for the top), along with the peanut butter chips or 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. Working quickly, scoop the whole mix into the 8 x 8" tin, using the spatula, or clean hands greased with a little vegetable oil, to push the mix down evenly into the corners of the pan. Quickly press the remaining peanut butter cups into the top and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Leave to set in the fridge for 30 minutes, then remove, loosen from the edge of the pan using a metal palette knife warmed with very hot water, and cut into large pieces.
- The fudge will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a week to ten days, but it won't last that long!
I hope you love this fudge! Feel free to cut into smaller pieces, for special gifts I like to cut into mammoth chunks – all the better to indulge people with!