Mother Lovett was the queen of fudge.
She would make so much of it every December that come March, a handful of stale, crusty pieces would still be sitting under a blanket of saran wrap on her ceramic holly berry plate. And come November, she’d remove the aluminum tin from her freezer that housed a few more frozen pieces that she’d kept “just in case.”
While chocolate was her specialty, she also mastered the two-toned fudge. All of us loved peanut butter fudge, but she rarely made it. Instead she’d make butterscotch fudge every single year, along with a batch of chocolate-butterscotch that I’m not sure anyone ever ate besides her. And maybe my mom.
It was delicious, but the peanut butter was so much better.
While I happened to come across this recipe last year as I went through Mother Lovett’s treasures, I don’t think she ever used it. But it jumped out at me immediately. It is so incredibly simple. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and only about 30 minutes to set. And it is the perfect recipe for when you are in a time crunch.
Plus, you can never, ever go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. That is the flavor combination I chose, of course.
In elementary school, I remember learning that if we were lucky enough to make it to Heaven, it would be full of everything we loved. I am not ashamed to say that to this day I still hope mine will be filled with chocolate, peanut butter, bacon and heavy cream. And champagne. And 63 pairs of Christian Louboutin’s.
Oh, and my loved ones would be nice too. We could share this fudge and drink champagne and float on fluffy clouds together.
I’m really only talking about Heaven because after ingesting 4 pieces of fugde, there was only one thing on my mind…
Is this real life?
All I have to say is that this recipe is ridiculously easy and dangerously delicious because the next time I find myself right smack in the middle of a massive chocolate craving, I’m only 30 seconds away from my next gluttonous indulgence. It’s not quite as perfect as Mother Lovett’s recipe, but don’t worry – I will share that with you soon.
3 Minute Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge
1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels
1/2 cup sweetened, condensed milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon water
Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on full power for 30 seconds, then remove and stir. (The mixture should look like it does in the 3rd picture down). Heat again for another 30 seconds, then stir again. Mixture should be smooth by this point, but you may need to microwave it 1-2 more times in 30 second increments depending on your microwave. You can also melt this mixture over a double boiler if you do not want to use a microwave.
When mixture is smooth, pour batter into a baking dish and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. When ready to serve, cut into squares.
If you happen to spot me up in the clouds one day, I’ll be the one with chocolate smeared all over my face.
P.S. -> if you need a laugh…