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.
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?!
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!
[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]