Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Bacon and Caramel

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Bacon and Caramel LBBakes

Happy 2013!

If you’re starting your new year on a lighter note, I should apologize in advance for this recipe!  Just remember, looking is calorie-free.  But eating it tastes better. 😉

After making a super easy peppermint mocha fudge over the holidays, I got a little carried away in the candy making department making this bacon-laden fudge for my baking-loving sister.Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Bacon and Caramel Little Bitty Bakes

If you’re a fan of chocolate, peanut butter, and/or bacon, chances are you’ll be a fan of this fudge.

This fudge comes together so easily, thanks to the sweetened condensed milk.  And it sets up firm yet soft, which I think is ideal in a good fudge recipe.  The caramel sauce goes a long way, so you really don’t need to use much to get the caramel flavor going (otherwise, you will end up with a reallllly gooey fudge).

As for the bacon, I used a thick cut maple bacon… because if you’re already putting bacon in your fudge, you might as well use the good stuff, right?!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Bacon and Caramel by Little Bitty Bakes

I know some of you may think sweet and savory combinations are just… wacky.  And because of that, if you just can’t accept the idea of bacon in your fudge, you can easily make this recipe your own by omitting the bacon!

Personally, I just love wacky combinations like these (hence my doritos brownies!).  In 2013, I think we should all embrace strange food.  And bacon. 🙂

[print_this]Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Bacon and Caramel

Sweet caramel sauce and smoky bacon are sandwiched between smooth dark chocolate and peanut butter fudge, then topped with coarse sea salt, for an indulgent, sweet and salty treat.  If sweet and salty isn’t your thing, you can omit the bacon and sea salt.  

Makes varied amount (depending on pan used, size of piece)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 1 12-ounce package dark chocolate chips
  • 1 12-ounce package peanut butter chips
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • Coarse sea salt, for topping

Line a large pan (I used a 13×9 inch cake pan) with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Over low to medium heat, stir the dark chocolate chips and one can condensed milk in a medium saucepan (keep stirring until smooth, do not leave the pan!).  Remove the pan from the heat and immediately spread into the prepared pan.  Immediately top with the chopped bacon; drizzle the caramel sauce over top.  In another medium saucepan, stir the peanut butter chips and the other can of sweetened condensed milk over low to medium heat until smooth.  Immediately spread into the pan, covering the bacon and caramel, then sprinkle immediately with sea salt.

Refrigerate the fudge for two to three hours, or until set.  Cut the fudge into desired size pieces.  The fudge can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature (for a softer fudge) or in the refrigerator (for a firmer fudge).[/print_this]

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10 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Bacon and Caramel”

    1. It is pretty out there, I know. 🙂 Luckily I’ve got plenty of more tame recipes up my sleeve, ha! Thanks Sally, I hope your 2013 is going well so far!

    1. Bacon in chocolate is becoming more and more common, and I even saw a potato chip chocolate bar recently! Let me know if you try the fudge!

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