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Buckeye Fudge

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This buckeye fudge is sure to impress, with the same rich peanut butter and chocolate flavors of the ever-popular buckeye candies but in fudge form.
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  1. Buckeye Fudge Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Buckeye Fudge Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This buckeye fudge has plenty of Ohio spirit and is one of the most delicious and easiest recipes around. The sweet and creamy confection is the perfect flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter for a treat you won’t be able to resist. 

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Buckeye Fudge Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Peanut Butter Fudge Layer

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter (NOT a natural no-stir variety)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3½ cups of powdered sugar, sifted

For the Chocolate Layer

  • 1¾ cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1½ tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PEANUT BUTTER: You can use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy in this easy fudge.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips can be used instead of milk chocolate chips for this homemade fudge.

How to Make This Buckeye Fudge Recipe

For the Peanut Butter Fudge Layer

STEP ONE: Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal from the pan. Set it aside.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Lining the pan with overhanging parchment paper will make lifting the fudge out of the pan to slice much easier.

STEP TWO: In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and peanut butter. Heat in the microwave for 60 seconds. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. Add the vanilla extract and stir until well combined.

peanut butter, butter and vanilla stirred in a bowl

STEP THREE: Slowly add the sifted powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until all the powdered sugar is completely incorporated and there are no streaks or lumps of powdered sugar remaining.

powdered sugar added to the peanut butter mixture in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Pour the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan and, using a spatula, smooth it out into an even layer.

STEP FIVE: Set it aside while you prepare the chocolate layer.

For the Chocolate Layer

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized heat-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk. 

chocolate chips, butter, and milk heated and stirred in a bowl

STEP TWO: Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, and continue heating in 15-second intervals and stirring until the mixture is smooth. 

STEP THREE: Using a silicone or offset spatula, evenly spread the melted chocolate over the top of the peanut butter layer.

PRO TIP:

To help cut the fudge after chilling, score a grid on the top of the fudge when it is barely set but still warm.

chocolate spread over the top

STEP FOUR: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. 

STEP FIVE: Grab the overhanging parchment and remove the fudge from the pan. 

STEP SIX: Slice the fudge into 1-inch x 1-inch squares.

PRO TIP:

When slicing the chocolate peanut butter fudge, you can dip the knife in warm water after each cut. Carefully wipe the knife before slicing.

How To Serve

This creamy fudge would make the perfect gift for the holiday season. Wrap it in a decorative box or tin along with our cookie dough fudge and pistachio and cranberry fudge for a trio of delicious treats.

For all those Ohio natives out there, our buckeye candy and buckeye pie are two more ways to celebrate your favorite team.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER/IN THE FRIDGE: You can store any leftovers of this easy buckeye fudge in an airtight container separated by wax paper at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze the fudge for up to 2 months. Wrap this simple recipe in plastic, then in foil. Allow the fudge to thaw before serving.

overhead shot of Buckeye Fudge on a wooden board

The classic combo of a sweet chocolate layer and a creamy peanut butter fudge layer will delight your taste buds in this rich and decadent treat. A handful of ingredients will result in this delicious layered fudge you will love.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are these called buckeyes?

This confection is called a buckeye because the finished product with its chocolate and peanut butter layers mimic the flavors of a buckeye candy which resembles a buckeye nut from the buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio.

Can this buckeye recipe be frozen?

This easy recipe freezes exceptionally well. Store in an airtight container for up to two months. This is an excellent option if you are planning to give this as a homemade gift. Make it ahead of time and store it until you are ready to share it.

How do I slice chilled fudge easily?

To easily slice the fudge, dip a large sharp flat knife in boiling water, dry it completely and cut one long slice (the heat will help the blade to glide through).

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Buckeye Fudge

5 from 50 votes
This buckeye fudge is sure to impress, with the same rich peanut butter and chocolate flavors of the ever-popular buckeye candies but in fudge form.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients
  

Peanut Butter Fudge Layer

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • cups creamy peanut butter, NOT the natural no-stir variety
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • cups powdered sugar, sifted

Chocolate Layer

  • cups milk chocolate chips
  • tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal from the pan. Set it aside.
  • In a medium-sizes, microwave-safe mixing bowl, add the butter and peanut butter. Heat in the microwave for 60 seconds. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. Add the vanilla extract and stir until well combined.
  • Slowly add the sifted powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until all the powdered sugar is completely incorporated and there are no streaks or lumps of powdered sugar remaining.
  • Pour the peanut butter fudge mixture into the prepared pan and, using a spatula, smooth it out into an even layer.
  • Set it aside while you prepare the chocolate layer.

Chocolate Layer

  • Using a medium-sized heat-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, and continue heating in 15-second intervals and stirring until the mixture is smooth.
  • Using a silicone or offset spatula, evenly spread the chocolate over the peanut butter fudge layer.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Grab the overhanging parchment and remove the fudge from the pan.
  • Slice the fudge into 1-inch x 1-inch squares.

Notes

  • Lining the pan with overhanging parchment paper will make lifting the fudge out of the pan to slice much easier.
  • To help cut the fudge after chilling, score a grid on the top of the fudge when it is barely set but still warm.
  • When slicing the chocolate peanut butter fudge, you can dip the knife in warm water after each cut. Carefully wipe the knife before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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