White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (copycat Hershey’s Gold Bar)
This Caramelized White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Pretzels was inspired by Hershey’s Gold Bars! So so good! The first step will be caramelizing the white chocolate – it takes a bit of time, but very little effort. Choose White chocolate discs or blocks made for baking for this. The highest cocoa butter percentage you can find. Valhrona or Callebaut are both good. During the caramelization, your final product may not be perfectly smooth. Don’t worry, as long as it is nicely caramelized – the color of peanut butter!
Prep Time:5 min
Cook Time:50 min
Total Time:55 min
Yield:36 pieces 1x
Category:Candy and Sweets
1 lb good-quality White Chocolate (such as Callebaut or Valhrona)
16 oz. jar of Smooth Peanut Butter (I used all-natural, but any will do)
2/3 c thin pretzels, Crushed – should yield about 1/4–1/3 cup
Caramellize the White Chocolate
Preheat oven to 225F. Chop the White chocolate into thin pieces.
Scatter across a large sheetpan.
Place chocolate into oven. Stir and spread it over the surface of the pan, as best you can, every 10 minutes until it becomes the color of the peanut butter. CAREFUL: DO NOT BURN! This should take 40-50 minutes, but may take up to 90 mins, so be sure to check every 10 mins. The chocolate may become chalky and difficult to stir. Just let it continue to caramellized and stir. Once it reaches the correct color, stir it into the warm peanut butter.
Warm the Peanut Butter
In a Medium (2-3 qt.) saucepan, gently warm the peanut butter. It may get a bit thinner in consistency, but the goal is make it a temperature that will not shock the caramellized chocolate.
Mix the Ingredients
Into the saucepan with the warm peanut butter, scrape the white chocolate, a nice pinch of flaky sea salt, and the crushed pretzels.
Scrape into prepared 8×8 pan, buttered and lined with parchment paper for easy lifting.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably 6 or more.
Slice as desired.
Serving Size:1/36 recipe
Keywords: White chocolate, peanut butter, fudge, caramellized white chocolate, sweet and salty