I've never been overly fond of fudge. It's one of those desserts that I pass by because it's too much.
Too one-note in texture.
This fudge recipe changes everything.
There's so much going on here, I don't even know where to begin. All at once it's salty, sweet, crunchy and smooth! The bottom layer is a chocolate-pretzel crust. Layer two is silky maple-peanut butter fudge that is so easy to make! It's all topped off with a layer of chocolate ganache embedded with pretzel sticks and more crushed pretzels. Crazy. Delicious.
Did I mention this recipe makes FOUR POUNDS of fudge? Yeah. I'd seriously consider bookmarking this one for the Thanksgiving crowd or for gift giving at Christmas! I'll definitely be making a batch for the people on my bake-and-give list.
This fudge is definitely rich, but it's very well balanced with the saltiness of the pretzels. And I'm crazy about the maple peanut butter fudge. It reminds me a little of the breakfast waffles I make - sandwiched with plenty of peanut butter and maple syrup!