My Nan would make this fudge for me around the holidays when I was much younger, and through the years she would occasionally surprise me with a batch. It’s one of my most cherished memories of the many loving things she did for me. Miss you, Nan Nan! And thanks, Mom, for honoring her and continuing the tradition.
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups (16 oz.) sweetened condensed milk – check the label, not all cans are 8 oz.
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 3 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
Heat the sugar and milk in a large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, heat to soft ball stage (235-240 degrees), stirring frequently and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan so it does not scald or burn. This will take some time – Mom says, “Have a glass of wine and lots of patience!” You can feel the consistency as you’re stirring: it will begin to thicken up on the spoon, and it will darken in color a bit. You can also test its readiness by dropping a small amount in some water – if it can be formed into a soft ball, it’s done. Remove from heat immediately.
Add the vanilla, butter and peanut butter, and mix thoroughly. Spread evenly in a pan and let cool. Cut into the desired sized squares, and ENJOY!