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When I’m preparing holiday recipes, it goes without saying that my peanut butter fudge must be on the table while entertaining. I probably make at least three batches, maybe more in the few weeks before Christmas. It makes the perfect last minute gift for anyone; neighbor, hostess, mailperson, teachers, office mates, or best yet- any cookie tray! Why do I love this recipe so much? It reminds me of my grandmother every time I make it.
My grandmother (NaNa) worked in a candy store her whole life. As a special treat, my brother and I were allowed one special piece whenever we visited her at the store. I always chose this incredible little candy peanut butter cup made with smooth fudgy peanut butter encased in creamy white chocolate. Now, I am not a white chocolate fan, but this particular candy is the only combination that brings me straight back to the counter of the candy store.
That is where my love of peanut butter began.
I eat all varieties of peanut butter- I’m not picky. I like either creamy and crunchy, natural churned or store bought. It all tastes good. Yet when I make my fudge, I use only one brand and that is Jif. Something about the texture of the creamy variety and the flavor reminds me so much of the center of the candy cup NaNa would share. It’s sweet, dense, creamy and truly decadent.
This past weekend I wanted to get a jump on getting ready for the Holiday season. The tree went up with strings of lights and ornaments, the mantel and banister are draped with garland, and a trip to my favorite floral department in Price Chopper had me taking #HolidayAdvantEdge of the beautiful poinsettia plants and greenery to decorate my table.
Isn’t this display just gorgeous? It greets you as you walk into the new Market Bistro store and makes you feel as if you are in a winter wonderland! So pretty!
As I moseyed down the festive holiday aisle, I found this cute snowman pointing out that this candy cane tree should come home too…
Here is a closer look at this tree:
Cute, right? So sparkly!
I found my jar of Jif and scooted home to make a batch of fudge and begin the holiday baking madness that will ensue for the next two weeks.
I was inspired by the candy cane tree to make a simple table setting using a poinsettia, a simple glass Ball jar and colorful candy canes. Simple.
With holiday tunes in the background, I started my peanut butter fudge. This recipe is so easy I know you will make this and then go back to make more.
Holiday Peanut Butter Fudge
2 Cups sugar ½ Cup milk (I use skim) 1-1/3 Cup creamy peanut butter (I only use JIF) 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow creme (believe it or not store brand is the best!)
Line an 8×8” square dish with foil. Butter bottom of foil and set aside.
In a saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes.
Boil 1 Minute
Boil 2 Minute
Boil 3 Minute
Add peanut butter & marshmallow creme. Mix well until creamy smooth. Quickly pour into foil lined pan. Let pan chill in refrigerator until set.
Cut into blocks or squares.
My table looks fantastic thanks to Price Chopper, my cookie trays will soon be full to share with friends and family and I am feeling the holiday spirit! Best of all, when I take my first bite of my favorite fudge, I will smile with the loving memory of my NaNa and her awesome peanut butter cup candy.
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