Yes, you read that right: this chocolate and peanut butter fudge contains only four ingredients. And despite what you may be thinking, those ingredients don’t include sugar, butter, condensed milk, or anything else you might expect to find in fudge.
This fudge is made from peanut butter, dark chocolate, coconut oil, and maple syrup. That’s it. I know, it’s magical, I was pretty amazed myself. I based the recipe off this one from Texanerin Baking, but I added chocolate because what’s not improved by chocolate?
I was recently challenged by Clarks to make a recipe using one of their natural sweeteners, which include maple syrup, honey, carob syrup, agave syrup, and a newly launched date syrup. I thought this peanut butter fudge was just the thing! Compared to refined sugar, maple syrup has more than 30% less sugar per 100g, and more than 30% fewer calories – so you’d be forgiven for calling this a (slightly!) healthier version of fudge. Maybe. If you squint hard enough.
I used dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, to again cut down on the sugar content while still giving a really rich and creamy fudge. The flavour of the chocolate alongside the slightly salty peanut butter is seriously good.
I should warn you, this chocolate and peanut butter fudge isn’t the (for lack of a better word) fudgiest of fudges. It’s quite soft and sticky, and seriously melts in your mouth. It’s absolutely amazing – but it’s best kept refrigerated to keep it as firm as possible.
Do you often use natural sweeteners, or are you more of a refined sugar kind of person? I definitely use normal sugar some of the time (mostly for baking, or making a cup of tea for the plumber once a year when he comes to service our boiler), but you can’t beat a good drizzle of maple syrup or honey on porridge or yogurt.
If you’re into natural syrups, don’t miss Clarks at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 24th – 27th November – they’ll be giving away plenty of samples, recipes, and information about natural sweeteners. To celebrate their appearance at the Good Food Show, Clarks are giving away a luxury spa break for two at Champneys – check out their Twitter and Facebook pages for more details, and good luck!
- 250 ml pure maple syrup (~ 1 cup)
- 240 g peanut butter (~ 2/3 cup)
- 100 g coconut oil (~ 1/2 cup)
- 100 g dark chocolate (~ 3 1/2 oz)
Add all four ingredients to a saucepan, and place over a medium heat. Stir thoroughly until the mixture melts together. Bring to a simmer, and cook for a couple more minutes, stirring constantly.
Transfer the chocolate mixture to a lined, greased dish. When cooled, place in the fridge, and leave to set overnight.
When fully set, turn the fudge out from the dish, and cut into chunks. You may find it easier to cut if you dip the knife in hot water first, since it's quite sticky. Store the fudge in the fridge.
Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose.