BTW, Jessie, for someone who doesn't like to do excess dishes, you sure made it complicated! Made properly, it is a one pot-one plate experience, with a few additional tools necessary for making the candy.
Directions will be given by picture, so pay attention :) No measurements were taken. This very much depends on proportions and current weather (humidity), etc...
|Add sugar and cocoa powder to the pot and whisk to combine.|
|The sugar-cocoa mixture should look like this (I had to add more sugar to get to this stage)|
|Add just enough milk to moisten the sugar. I started with about a 1/4 c. and ended up using about a 1/3 c. (just eye-balling it)|
|Turn the heat to med-low and switch to a wooden spoon... As Jessie said - "Just keep stirring..."|
|Just starting to bubble a bit...|
|Getting nice and bubbly...|
|Really cooking now!|
I also added a couple of heaping tablespoons of peanut butter to the pot and beat it with the wooden spoon to thoroughly incorporate the peanut butter (you can use smooth or chunky, your choice)... WARNING: It sets up REALLY fast so you better be prepared to dump it onto the greased plate as soon as it comes together... otherwise it will start cooling in the pot and it will take forever to get it out again...
|Aaron took a picture while I was stirring... I know, not a very good one...|
|After it's been mixed... It should be the consistency of thick frosting...|
|Glob it onto a (greased) plate and press flat... Cut into squares while still warm to prevent breaking...|
My mom used to make this anytime one of us kids got sick. We'd take the (nasty) medicine she'd give us and then follow it up with a piece of peanut butter fudge... It made getting sick not so bad!
My grandmother is no longer alive, but anytime I visit my Auntie, she makes me peanut butter fudge. I'm usually not a great candy maker and the last few efforts of making peanut butter fudge were disastrous! My sugar constantly crystallized... it made for very gritty peanut butter fudge. But, it must be sufficiently humid out today because I had no problems with this batch... Yummy!