Pudge Fudge

I’m a firm believer that to live a healthy life is to live in moderation.  That means eating healthy most of the time, but not stressing if a piece (or two or three) of chocolate finds its way into my mouth.  It means exercising daily, but not going to back to back to back spin classes.  (Disclaimer: I have done that, but it was while I was triathlon training and I needed the miles.)  That all being said, some days you just have to give in and indulge.  A few weekends ago was one of those times and here’s why: I attended my first ever bacon party. 

 That’s right, a party centered around bacon.  

Pig_cartoonWe’re talking everything from bacon and cheese roll-ups (a little on the greasy side) to bacon bloody marys (made with bacon infused vodka).  My contribution to the all things pork menu: peanut butter chocolate bacon fudge, or as I have christened it: Pudge Fudge.  To those of you who are right now gagging at the thought of enjoying sweetened pork product, I get it, I too was a non believer.  But you got to try it. 

Turns out the chocolate covered bacon in the recipe tastes just like a chocolate covered pretzel, only chewier.  Now imagine a chocolate covered pretzel immersed in peanut butter fudge.  Sounds delicious now, doesn’t it?  Still revolted?  Head to the kitchen and test my recipe and then tell me you’re not a believer.

 
Pudge Fudge (makes about 1.5 pounds fudge)

 
1 cup Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy works)
1 cup butter, melted
1 pound confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 package thick cut bacon, plus 1 tbsp bacon grease from cooking
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

 
1.  Trim away the extra fat on the bacon (get rid of the extra white fat at the end of the pieces)
2.  Cook the bacon either in the stove or in the microwave.  If using a frying pan, save 1 tbsp of the bacon fat to stir into the peanut butter/butter mixture later.
3.  Let bacon cool, in meantime, stir together melted butter and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.
4.  Add vanilla, bacon grease to peanut butter mixture.  Then, using a wooden spoon, stir in the confectioner’s sugar.  Set bowl aside.
5. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips.  Then dip the bacon strips, one at a time, into the melted chocolate, making sure to completely coat the bacon.  Set strips on a sheet of wax paper to harden.
6. Pour about half of the peanut butter fudge mix into a 9X9 pan lined with lightly greased wax paper.  Even spread mixture along the pan’s bottom.
7. Lay chocolate covered bacon strips (horizontally or vertically) on top of the first layer of fudge in a single layer.  Don’t worry if you have extra strips.
8. Pour the remaining peanut butter fudge mix on top of the bacon.  Spread evenly making sure to cover the bacon layer. 
9. If you ended up with extra bacon strips, cut them into small pieces and sprinkle them over the top of the fudge.
10. Cover your fudge with another sheet of wax paper and use your hands to press everything together.
11.  Put in the fridge to cool.  Once cool, cut into squares and serve.

 
Voila!  Pudge Fudge!  Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “Pudge Fudge”

  1. Fari Says:

    Damn you and your pudge fudge! LOL Now I have to make this.

  2. Roxy Says:

    Fari… beware, it was good. Surprisingly good!

  3. Brandi Says:

    Ha! I was looking for a new picture for this year’s Bacon Party, and came across this. I had no idea it’d gotten a write-up! 🙂 As I recall, the Pudge Fudge WAS amazing, btw. Hope all is well!

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