Peanut Butter Fudge: A Mixture Of Sweet History

By Danny Fox

If you are a peanut butter lover, chances are you will love peanut butter fudge even more. Just imagine the rich and creamy taste that will fill your palate with every bite of this heavenly food. Peanut butter fudge is every sweet tooth’s dream come true. It gives your mouth a wonderful mixture of tastes that will surely satiate your buds. But how is peanut butter fudge made? And who was the genius who first made this delectable recipe?

Stories date back to more than a hundred years ago. In the 1800s, the word fudge meant a ‘cheat’ or ‘hoax.’ Some people even used it as an exclamation, saying “Oh, fudge!” whenever they were tempted to cuss. The word fudge was actually used for the first time to pertain to food when a batch of caramels did not turn out quite right. Rumor has it that that batch of caramel was ‘fudged,’ thus, creating the food type that we now know as fudge. Another interesting tale is that American college women prepared concoctions that were later on called fudge as an excuse to stay up late. ‘Fudge’ in lieu of ‘hoax’ was used by these students to refer to their late-night activities.

Fudge is a type of confectionery made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk with a preferred flavor like chocolate, vanilla, or maple. Boiling these ingredients produce a toffee-like sweet concoction that has a flavor so divine it was alternatively called divinity fudge. Fudge is commonly identified with chocolate. Early recipes in America mostly showed that fudge was made with chocolate mixture. It has been said that recipes are not just ‘invented,’ they evolve. Evidence of this is shown in copies of chocolate caramel formulas that date back to the 1880s. Early recipes of fudge are quite similar to chocolate caramel mixtures. It has never been exactly clear when peanut butter fudge was first created. It is believed to have come from experiments with peanut butter. Brilliant innovations in the kitchen produced the peanut butter fudge that many people love today.


Peanut butter fudge is actually quite easy to make. You’ll just need peanut butter, milk, butter, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt. There are variations in making peanut butter fudge, though, because people have different preferences. Some peanut butter lovers like their peanut butter fudge sweet while others like their fudge semi sweet. Another differentiation is the ‘gooeyness’ of the mixture. Most people prefer their peanut butter fudges extra sticky while others like a more solid feel to their fudge. Whatever the preference, every bite into a peanut butter fudge is an experience unique to each and every type of peanut butter and fudge lover.

What makes the experience even more unique is the colorful history that has brought fudge on to our tables. There is hardly any North American kid that has not had the welcome joy of chewing a peanut butter fudge. This delightful concoction has woven its way from college women’s testing tables to the warmth of our homes.

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