National Peanut Butter Fudge Day is one that is worthy of a great deal of enjoyment, honor and attention. It appreciates the peanut, peanut butter, and the glorious fudge that it can be made into.
It’s time to get ready for National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!
History of National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
This special day was established by the National Peanut Board and is the perfect time to indulge in this sweet treat. It is widely believed that fudge was first created in the 1800s when a batch of caramels didn’t turn out quite right. The word “fudge” actually used to mean a “cheat” or a “hoax”, so it makes sense that this word would be used for something that didn’t turn out like it was originally meant to be. This mistake turned out to be a delicious revelation that people have been enjoying all around the world ever since.
Peanut Butter Fudge can be made in a variety of ways and the “best” way really comes down to personal preference. Some people like it to be smooth and creamy, while others prefer that it’s a bit flaky. It’s meant to be solid enough to be eaten with the fingers, but some batches don’t quite set up and need to be eaten with a spoon. But that’s okay! It’s delicious anyway.
How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Get involved with National Peanut Butter Fudge Day in a whole variety of ways! Whether celebrating alone, with friends or at work, this day is a fun one to fill with all sorts of delicious concoctions. Try out these ideas for enjoying the day:
Join National Peanut Butter Fudge Day Events
As the popularity of this special occasion has spread, a number of different events have been created in order to celebrate National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. These include a large number of bake-offs, tastings and other fun food-related events. Check online or at the local library to find out about various activities in the local area. If there aren’t any nearby, go ahead and host one!
Make Your Own Peanut Butter Fudge
By far the best way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Fudge Day is by creating your own batch of peanut butter fudge in the kitchen at home. Ranging from super easy to a little bit fussier, a myriad of recipes can be found that will inspire the full enjoyment of the day!
Just a few ingredients are usually required, including peanut butter (obviously!), butter, powdered sugar, or sometimes melted marshmallows or marshmallow cream, With the help of a stove–or even just a microwave–and a refrigerator, making peanut butter fudge can be a delicious and simple way to celebrate the day.
Get Creative with Peanut Butter Fudge Recipes
Use your imagination to create a unique twist to the standard recipe. To get the brain flowing with ideas, take a look at some of these inspirational ways folks have created to make fun and delicious versions of Peanut Butter Fudge:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge. Who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate? Put them together by adding some chocolate chips to a basic peanut butter fudge recipe. Either stir them right in, or put them on top when the fudge is still warm and swirl them around for a delightful presentation.
- Peanut Butter Butterscotch Marshmallow Fudge. This tasty variety offers a multitude of flavors for the tongue to enjoy! One easy recipe simply calls for melting butter, peanut butter and butterscotch chips together, then stirring in marshmallows before refrigerating. Try adding rainbow-colored marshmallows for even more fun!
- Peanut Butter Fudge with Rocky Road Topping. A yummy treat for nut lovers, this recipe calls for a base of peanut butter fudge. Then it’s topped with a pile of chopped nuts (peanuts or another variety), chocolate chips, tiny marshmallows, and drizzled caramel topping.
- Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge. Those who have dietary restrictions can still enjoy this delightful day! Instead of butter or another dairy, it simply uses coconut oil. Other ingredients include maple syrup for sweetening, a bit of vanilla extract for flavor, and chopped peanuts.
Host a National Peanut Butter Fudge Day Gathering
This year, instead of celebrating alone, feel free to invite a group of friends or family members to help you make and eat this wonderful treat. Whether it’s a small gesture, such as bringing a pan full of peanut butter fudge to the office to share with coworkers, or something big like an entire party themed around the day, it’ll be fun to enjoy it with others!
To get even more involved, host a peanut butter fudge-making contest. Let participants make their favorite recipe at home and bring it to the gathering. Have a judge’s panel and or let everyone vote on which one they think is the best.
For a party at home, peanut butter fudge should, of course, be the “guest of honor” and served as the main treat! Or, let everyone pitch in and make some together. It’s a fun activity with kids, and fairly safe since it doesn’t necessarily require the use of the stovetop but can be completely made using the microwave.
Make Other Types of Peanut Butter Fudge Recipes
Looking to take things one step further? Try some recipes that are inspired by Peanut Butter Fudge but take it to a whole new level. Take a look at these, or get creative in the kitchen and make some new versions of your own:
- Peanut Butter Fudge Pie. Using a graham cracker crust, a cream cheese and peanut butter base, and topped with freshly whipped cream this pie is stellar. Plus, put some chocolate curls or chocolate drizzle on top for an added touch.
- Peanut Butter Fudge Frosted Brownies. Brownies are a great American favorite, but pile a bunch of peanut butter fudge frosting on top to turn it into a real legacy.
- Peanut Butter Fudge Cake. A chocolate cake layered with creamy peanut butter fudge frosting and delicious chocolate? Yes please!
Learn a Few Things About Peanuts
While making it into peanut butter fudge might not be the healthiest of ways to enjoy it, the peanut is actually a fairly healthy nut that can certainly be appreciated for its contribution to the world. Here are a few things that many people don’t know when it comes to the most important ingredient in peanut butter fudge: the peanut!
- Peanuts have the highest content of protein, more than any of the other well-known nuts. Seven grams of protein per serving make it a power-packed snack!
- Peanuts are packed full of other essential nutrients, including fiber, iron, magnesium, Vitamin B-6, potassium, and phosphorus.
- Each year, American people spend approximately $800 million just on peanut butter!
- Peanuts are misnamed since they aren’t actually nuts at all. They are legumes, which are in the same family as soybeans and peas. They grow on the ground and not in trees like most other actual nuts do.