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Candy Bar Fudge

My manager at work, who knows I like to try new treat recipes, shared this one with me. I've made this chewy and chocolaty fudge many times since. Packed with nuts and caramel, it's like a candy bar. Everyone who's tried it loves it. —Lois Freeman, Oxford, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-3/4 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, cocoa, brown sugar and milk. Microwave on high until mixture boils, about 2 minutes. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Pour into a greased 8-in. square dish.
  • In another microwave-safe bowl, heat caramels and water on high until melted, about 75 seconds. Stir in peanuts; spread over chocolate layer. Microwave chocolate chips on high until melted, about 30 seconds; spread over caramel layer. Chill until firm.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1100-watt microwave.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 101 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • sniewenhuis
    Dec 19, 2020

    Wow...this is so smooth, creamy and delicious. So easy to make!

  • JNRG1
    Dec 10, 2020

    Delicious

  • delowenstein
    Apr 19, 2014

    I prepared this recipe for the first time, but I used my stovetop rather than use a microwave oven. I used 6 Tbsp . of evaporated milk with the mixture of butter, cocoa & packed brown sugar. I just used 3 cups of confectioners' sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. I did use 30 caramels, unwrapped & at least UP to 1/2 cup of evaporated milk-I added milk gradually, Tbsp. by Tbsp., stirring until caramels were melted. I just used 1 cup of salted peanuts! I used 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips & 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips & about 4 Tbsp. evaporated milk, stirring in just enough to achieve smooth spreading consistency! I did spread the mixtures layer by layer into greased 8x8x2" baking dish and chilled until firm. I would say at least 1 hour or overnight! I'd been wanting to test this recipe out, so this was a good time to make it for my pantry ingredient challenge on the Cook's Corner forum! Thank you, Lois Freeman, for sharing your recipe! I plan to share it with the dept. I work in at the local hospital! delowenstein

  • lottieda
    Apr 27, 2012

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  • AnnBoz
    Dec 8, 2011

    I had the magazine that this was originally in and lost it. This is so easy and excellent tasting. I always make at least one batch to give away and another for the house.

  • cherrylady
    Mar 15, 2011

    So simple, so nummy! I didn't have peanuts so I used chopped pecans. Remindful of the turtles I make at Christmas -- but so much easier! This is a keeper!

  • tmsharkey
    Oct 15, 2010

    This was so easy to make! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe.

  • Marylhurstgirl
    Feb 7, 2010

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    Dec 8, 2008

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    Dec 14, 2007

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