Nut Goodie Fudge is a recipe that stands the test of time. The kind that tried once, you just can’t help but make them again, over and over. One Christmas tradition for us has been this nut goodie fudge recipe. This homemade fudge is layered with chocolate, vanilla and peanuts, making it almost impossible to resist!
My mom started making it for our family when I growing up and it was always on my list of favorites during the holiday season. She adapted a maple nut goodie bar from an old Pillsbury cookbook to suit our tastes. While it was called a bar, this really is a fudge. Keep in mind that this recipe makes a huge pan and is great for gatherings or gift giving. This would be a fabulous addition to your own holiday baking whether it be for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Easter!
Nut Goodie Fudge Ingredients
To make this delicious fudge you’ll need the following ingredients:
- semisweet chocolate chips
- butterscotch chocolate chips
- peanut butter
- cocktail peanuts
- evaporated milk
- vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
- powdered sugar
How to Make The Best Fudge Recipe
This homemade fudge recipe makes a huge pan of fudge, great for feeding a large crowd. Because it uses a small box of vanilla pudding, it isn’t an easy recipe to cut in half but possible. Each ounce of pudding mix is approximately 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) so you could try to half the recipe by measuring out 3 tablespoons of pudding mix. Keep in mind, I have not tried this.
To make you’ll want to line a large baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease with butter. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips with 1 cup of the butter in a large saucepan over low, stirring often to avoid burning. Remove saucepan from the heat and mix in peanut butter until well combined. Spread half of the mixture in pan and freeze until fully set. Mix peanuts into the leftover melted chocolate and set it aside.
To make the vanilla layer you’ll want to melt remaining butter in large saucepan, again over low heat. Stirring constantly, slowly add in evaporating milk then pudding mix and stir constantly until slightly thickened. Be sure you don’t bring it to a boil!! Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar until well combined.
Cool for 10 minutes before spreading over the chilled chocolate layer. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Dop reserved chocolate mixture onto the chilled pudding layer and gently spread over the top to fully cover. Chill again until firm, about three hours before cutting.
Nut Goodie Fudge
Nut Goodie Fudge is the best homemade fudge recipe! This adapted recipe has been a family tradition and is almost impossible to resist. Rich and delicious, this chocolate and vanilla layered fudge with peanuts is a must-try.
- 1 12 oz. pkg. (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 11 oz. pkg. (1- 3/4 cups) butterscotch chocolate chips
- 2 cups butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 12-oz. can (2 1/2 cups) cocktail peanuts
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 3-oz. pkg. vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (do not use instant)
- 1 2-lb. pkg. (7 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease foil with butter (or nonstick cooking spray).
Melt chocolate and butterscotch 1 cup butter in large saucepan over low heat, stirring often. Remove saucepan from heat. Mix in peanut butter until well combined.
Spread half of mixture in buttered foil-lined pan. Freeze 10 minutes or until fully set. Refrigerate.
Mix peanuts into remaining chocolate mixture and put aside.
Melt remaining butter in large saucepan over low heat. Slowly add in evaporated milk, stirring constantly. Stir in pudding mix. Stir constantly and cook until slightly thickened but DO NOT BOIL.
Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and mix well.
Cool 10 minutes.
Gently spread pudding mixture over chilled chocolate layer. Refrigerate additional 30 minutes.
Stir reserved chocolate-peanut mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto chilled pudding layer. Gently spread top layer to cover.
Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm. Cut into small rectangles or squares. Store in refrigerator.
You can use margarine instead of butter.
Do not use instant pudding!!
Tastes best served cold.
While this homemade fudge recipe requires several steps, it is totally worth it! And since it makes a large amount, it is the only fudge recipe you’ll need for your holiday dessert tray! It definitely tastes best cold, right out of the refrigerator.