December 8, 2010 06:32:24
Posted By Erin Bolger
Ok so I'm a sucker for new baking products especially anything from President's Choice. Rarely am I ever let down by their products and as a rule they are cheaper than comparable products. As I was perusing the grocery store back home I noticed the huge display of the new PC Mini Melts. They have fudge, peanut butter and butterscotch (yes I bought all 3).
I thought I would start off with the peanut butter ones and decided to make something from my newest obsession FUDGE.
I love fudge there is such a science behind it. You really have to pay attention and get to know your fudge for it to turn out. Although I do use a candy thermometer I may try it without a thermometer one day and create it like my grandma would ... testing the fudge for the soft ball stage and such. Fudge is old school and I love that I can just imagine my Grandma making it back in the day while she had a pie cooling in the window sill.
My review of the peanut butter melt is this: DO not open the bag before you need to add them to your recipe you will eat them and not just one or two but a handful! I quite enjoyed them in the fudge although the chocolate did melt away from the cups even though I added them when my fudge was at room temperature. But the little creamy pockets of peanut butter in the fudge are extremely enjoyable. Next time I make the fudge I will reserve a third of the package to sprinkle on the top so I don't lose the chocolaty taste. That being said I do wish they had a more chocolaty taste. The chocolate is too subtle for my liking in general. I also added pecan pieces because that is what I had lying around although next time I will use chopped peanuts.
Now this product is Canadian and available and Loblaws, Zehrs etc ... on behalf of all Canadians I would like to apologize to my American friends. If you come over the border to shop I suggest you stock up like I do with Mint Mojito gum by Orbit mmmmmmm when I'm in the U.S.
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE RECIPE
Like I said I love fudge it makes a great gift for this time of year as well!
4 cups light brown sugar
1 1/3 cups milk
1 cup peanut butter (not low fat)
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 cup chopped nuts (peanuts, pecans)
1 bag (minus the handful you have eaten) of PC Peanut Butter Mini Melts
In a heavy bottom saucepan combine the sugar and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Clip a candy thermometer on to the side.
DO not touch, stir or even look at your fudge the wrong way. Fudge is about as sensitive as I am. Do what a good man should when you are PMS-ing ... leave you alone or stand a good distance away from ya at all times!
When your fudge reaches 240 degrees on the candy thermometer gently remove it from the burner. Gently place the peanut butter and vanilla on top.
Once the fudge comes to room temperature 110 degrees you can stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Using a hand mixer beat the fudge until it thickens up and it will lose it's gleam a little. DO not scrap the crystals of the side (if you have any) this will make your fudge grainy and not smooth.
Stir in 2/3 of the mini melts and the nuts. Press into a 9-inch greased tin, smooth down top. You can place a piece of plastic wrap on top and smooth the fudge down with your hands. Sprinkle the remaining mini melts on top and gently press into the fudge.
Let set in the fridge and then cut into 1-inch squares. Can be stored in the fridge for one week.