Thursday, December 9, 2010

A New Christmas Favorite: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

So my post about Christmas in Korea garnered great interest into the peanut butter fudge I mentioned.  The recipe was requested, and thus I wanted to share for anyone who wanted to know how to make this delicious treat.  As my tasters have noted, the finished product tastes just like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, which is probably one of the best compliments a cook could get!  My secret to making it extra-yummy is to use a certain kind of peanut butter that really enhances the flavor:  Peter Pan Creamy with Honey.

Peanut butter used to be a pretty under-appreciated food here.  But slowly I have seen it emerge more and more onto store shelves.  I used to ration my PB until I got more from home, since all I could find here was generic, boring, tasteless peanut butter.  Thanks to the Underground, I no longer have to make the PB last.  And recently I noticed that the Lotte Mart near my apartment has started carrying Peter Pan--surprise!

Anyway, without further ado, here is the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge.  This is sure to be a hit with your friends and family, and just might end up in your yearly holiday recipe box as well!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Prep Time:  25 min 
Total Time::  1 hour (to allow time to cool and set in the fridge)

6 ounces (1 cup) Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar


Line an 8-inch pan with foil and butter it.  In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter.  Stir to combine.  Stir in sugar until it melts.  Pour into the prepared pan.  Let the fudge cool in the fridge for about an hour until it sets, then cut into squares.   Make sure to store the fudge in the fridge after cutting to ensure it doesn't melt!

Now you might be thinking, how do I get a double boiler in Korea?  What if I don't have one?  Well, the solution is not difficult at all.  What you need to make your own double boiler is simple:  a pot and a heat-resistant bowl that is bigger than your pot.  Put about 1 to 2 inches of water in your pot, and get the water boiling.  Place the bowl over the pot and let the steam from the water melt your chocolate chips first, then add the butter and peanut butter.  The mixture will melt and come together fairly quickly, so keep an eye on the texture to ensure it all gets mixed well.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  Leave me a comment if you have any questions or if you want to share how your fudge-making experience turned out.


  1. Yum! I am glad there are a lot of holiday treats that can be made without an oven. I am going to attempt to make popcorn balls for my friends and coworkers, but this fudge will be my backup plan in case that fails. ^^

  2. I hope your popcorn balls turn out! I miss those here, but don't have the patience to make them, so I give you props. :)

    I too enjoy finding recipes that don't require an oven. It's so hard sometimes to make things you really want for a lack of equipment here.

  3. Hi! I wanted to let you know I came upon your blog by googling "fudge in Korea." I was in search of a fudge recipe that I could easily make here in Korea without evaporated milk and vanilla. I made your chocolate peanut butter fudge for my Principal, VP, and fellow teachers. They absolutely loved it! I made it again for Christmas Day. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe and advice about the double boiler. The bigger bowl worked like a charm. Cheers and Happy New Year!

  4. Hi! I'm glad you and your school enjoyed the fudge! It's definitely a sure-fire tasty recipe no one can resist.

    And thanks for checking out my blog! Happy New Year to you as well. :)


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