Peanut Butter – Bacon Fudge

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Yes, bacon is the IN foodie thing and is appearing everywhere. Now here’s a new take on old partners – peanut butter and chocolate – and adding bacon! This is PERFECT for all you lovers of sweet & salty!

Don’t like PB or can’t eat peanuts? If so, just omit the peanut butter chips and add walnuts or almonds but don’t forget the bacon!

Great for having on hand when folks stop by over the holidays….and makes a great gift, too!

Peanut Butter Bacon Fudge

  •  12 strips maple smoked bacon – divided
  • 1-1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz. bag) *
  • 1/2 c peanut butter chips *
  • 1 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract (not syrup)
  • 1 c dry roasted peanuts or walnuts or pecans, optional

Line an 8″ square pan with aluminum foil so all sides are covered and foil extends 1-1/2 to 2 inches at both right and left sides. Butter foil or spray with butter flavored spray generously and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, turning several times, until browned and crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Chop 10 slices and separately chop 2 more and reserve those 2 for garnishing.

Combine all remaining ingredients except optional nuts and bacon in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until chips and butter are melted and mixture is thick and smooth.

Stir in bacon (and nuts if using). Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle top with reserved chopped bacon (and additional chopped nuts if desired) and press down lightly with your fingertips. Cover with aluminum foil and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.

Remove the fudge from the pan with the aid of the foil extensions and set on a cutting board. Using a ruler to measure, cut each side into 7 slices; turn foil and repeat giving you 49 pieces.

*If not using peanut butter chips, add additional 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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