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ok, thru trial and error I learned a few important lessons, 3rd time's the charm, right? FIRST - make this in a pot that can hold 3-4 times the volume of the sugar/milk you put into it! Once it starts to boil it expands quite a bit and foams up quickly, I had a burnt/sticky/sugary mess the first time around. SECOND - soft ball stage according to my thermometer is actually 235 degrees, not 260! if you go until 260 you will have a peanut-butter beach (literally sandy and dry).
THIRD- the timing for the fudge of exactly 4 minutes (as soon as it starts to bubble/boil) is right on, so really, don't bother with the thermometer. At 4 mins mine was at 233, so i decided to go to 235 (another 40 secs) and I wish I wouldn't have!
I cut the sugar down to 3 cups and used evap. milk, as that's what I had on hand. Besides going 40 seconds over (which was my fault & it made it just a *tad* dry), this fudge is delicious! SMOOTH, smooth smooth and plenty sweet without masking the peanut butter flavor (if you lessen the sugar).
thanks so much for the recipe, will definitely be making it again!

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roweena August 03, 2012

'nuff said :) (just an addition, this was not crumbly for us, it was firm & held together well) Made again tonight and added a bit of cocoa to the (melted) butter=chocolate peanut butter. This is just a great, no-fail recipe!

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SwedishExpat May 14, 2010

This was by far the easiest peanut butter fudge I have ever made. I do have a candy thermometer, but found that it takes more time to measure the temp that way, and by the time it would read I would have burned it. So I simply followed the directions exactly. As soon as I seen one bubble I set the time and four min later took it directly off the heat. I mixed the other 2 ingredients and poured into the pan. I used wax paper to line the pan instead of butter. The fudge came out perfectly the first time. Thanks for such a yummy and EASY recipe.

Mommy of 2

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mkld83 December 31, 2012

Made this for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! By request I made it again for our Family Christmas Party on December 19. Very super easy recipe and quick! The only thing I will change next time is less sugar. I personally thought it was way to sweet. That's ok though, I care that other liked it just fine!

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Wife2uRick December 22, 2009

ok, this is cooling right now, but the stuff left in the saucepan is really good. Used Kraft light P.B. Also cut down the sugar by one cup and kept everything the same.

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javas October 23, 2008

Quick easy and I used crunchy peanut butter and it turned out wonderful. And for the people that said it wasn't creamy they didn't follow the instructions correctly and may want to try again.

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hatchnbeansmom June 19, 2013

I just made this recipe and it turned out perfect. Followed recipe using the 4 minutes time. I could eat the whole dish......by myself!!!!

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merrysu743 May 04, 2013

For starters, I AM an experienced candy maker and I questioned the temperature of 260 right away, but having read the brief statement at the top of the recipe I assumed that it must be correct. I followed the directions to the T, including using my candy thermometer until it reached 260. Removed from the heat, stirred in the remaining ingredients and it started clumping and crumbing as I stirred. What a mess! This recipe is stated to be super easy, but it is super-incorrect. I wasted so many ingredients that I refuse to try again today. Please update the temperature to the correct one. The candy thermometer clearly lists 260 to be a hard ball, not soft! I am very disappointed in this recipe and the information withing!

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mooodyb2000 December 20, 2012

This was the best easiest fudge I have ever made! EVERYONE loved it. It was so simple. I didn't use a candy thermometer, I just timed it exactly 4 minutes once it started to boil and it was perfect! I used a big pot to make it and I just kept an eye on it the whole time. It has such a smooth texture and taste.

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Cary P. December 22, 2014

My brother was wanting some good ole peanut butter fudge like mom used to make. She couldn't find her recipe so I went in search of one. It was difficult to find a good one without marshmallow cream but I finally did....this is it. This fudge is so good. It has just the right amount of peanut butter flavor and really is super easy to make. Although I do have a candy thermometer I decided to cook it for exactly four minutes just to test the recipe. It worked out great. Try it you wont be disappointed.

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Pauline K. December 18, 2014
Super Easy Peanut Butter Fudge