Butter Pecan Fudge just like you would get on vacation

This sweet Butter Pecan Fudge is just like you would get on a vacation. Creamy, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth and finishes with the crunch of pecans!

These sweet Butter Pecan Fudge is just like you would get on a vacation. Creamy, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth and finishes with the crunch of pecans!

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Summer. I always think I’m going to eat healthier and look amazing. And while I’m definitely more active in the summer….my diet gets sabotaged by nightly ice cream cones.

I can’t help it. I have zero will power. And I’m not normally a “snack in the evening” type of girl. But if my family is dishing out some ice cream…or we head out to the local froyo place, I’m game.

There are so many delicious flavors of ice cream, and I would say Pralines and Cream and Butter Pecan are two of my absolute favorites. Without a doubt, I love the sweet and creamy, buttery flavor mixed with the crunchy nuts.

So, as I was trying to come up with another candy recipe for you all, I was inspired by a recent trip for ice cream.

A few months ago I made this White Chocolate Caramel Fudge. And my description of it was spot on to how I would describe the end of an ice cream sundae. You know, the melted vanilla cream with gobs of caramel in the bottom of the cup. That’s exactly how that fudge tastes.

How to Make Butter Pecan Fudge

These sweet Butter Pecan Fudge is just like you would get on a vacation. Creamy, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth and finishes with the crunch of pecans!

Today’s Butter Pecan Fudge recipe is wonderful. The texture is closer to these Pecan Pralines, but the flavor is exactly what you would expect. Buttery. Nutty. Just perfect.

And, like nearly every other fudge recipe I make, it’s easy. Which means, no candy thermometer required! I promise, knowing how to make fudge really is easy!

STEP 1: Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

STEP 2: In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine sugars, cream, butter and salt. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil for a full 4 minutes (ROLLING BOIL). Remove from heat.

STEP 3: Pour hot mixture into a mixing bowl and add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth (several minutes). Fold in chopped pecans and pour into prepared baking dish.

STEP 4: Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until firm. Before cutting into pieces, allow to come to room temperature.

PRO TIP: I refrigerate it to get it to set up quicker, however, it’s best to let it come to room temperature when you want to slice it into pieces. Otherwise, if it’s too cold, it will begin to break into smaller shards. Which, if that happens, just toss it onto your ice cream sundae. See what I did there? 

So, tell me, what’s YOUR favorite ice cream? You know, in case I want to recreate it into a new fudge flavor!

These sweet Butter Pecan Fudge is just like you would get on a vacation. Creamy, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth and finishes with the crunch of pecans!

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Yield: 64 pieces

Butter Pecan Fudge

Butter Pecan Fudge
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

These sweet Butter Pecan Fudge is just like you would get on a vacation. Creamy, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth and finishes with the crunch of pecans!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups Chopped Pecans

Instructions

    1. Line an 8- by 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
    2. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine sugars, cream, butter and salt. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil for a full 4 minutes (ROLLING BOIL). Remove from heat.
    3. Pour hot mixture into a mixing bowl and add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth (several minutes). Fold in chopped pecans and pour into prepared baking dish.
    4. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until firm. Before cutting into pieces, allow to come to room temperature.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    64

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving:Calories: 105 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 11mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

    These sweet Butter Pecan Fudge is just like you would get on a vacation. Creamy, buttery flavor that melts in your mouth and finishes with the crunch of pecans!

    Recipe originally published August 15, 2016

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    12 comments on “Butter Pecan Fudge just like you would get on vacation”

    1. If I have to choose between those five pounds and the summer ice cream, the summer ice cream wins every time. Life is too short, ya know? And I choose fudge too. This is the best flavor!

    2. Tracy

      My favorite ice cream flavor has to be chocolate chip. Not the chunky kind and no “minty toothpaste”  flavor , either.  But I HAVE to have homemade magic shell and toasted pecans on top or its game over!  Who knew eating ice cream could be so complicated??!!

    3. Heavenly fudge in Cherokee, Close to The Smoky Mountains has the best fudge ever. 

    4. Darlene

      Wow! Thanks so much for the recipe. It is fantastic, and the flavor is so rich. I’ve been making fudge for years, but only the kind that requires marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips (or peanut butter, white, etc.) This is so easy and simplistic in ingredients. Love!

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    7. Menolly

      Hi! Thank you for posting this recipe! I have 2 questions. One, when you say beat several minutes, do you mean with an electric mixer or by hand, and two, are the pecans on top part of the 3 cups in the recipe or extra? Thank you! I can’t wait to know so I can try it!

      • I use an electric mixer, I think it quickens the process and works more evenly. I’ve done both with the pecans. You can’t go wrong either way! I know pecans can be expensive, so you can reserve some of the 3 cups for the garnish on top 🙂

    8. Mary Lynch

      It’s really a new idea not only in terms of fudge flavors, but I think this might make an incredible cake frosting, if you worked fast, and chopped the pecans fine. If I make it (I’m thinking Halloween) I’d put it on a white sheet cake.

      Thanks for yet another fantastic new fudge idea! I love anything with peppermint around Christmas…

    9. Holly

      Your recipe peaks my interest because other similar recipes call for half the ingredients, but with 2 cups powdered sugar…meaning yours “would” have 4 cups if I followed their proportions. I like the idea of not adding that extra cup of sugar. What is the texture like in your pecan fudge? I read your comment on it being close to the pralines, but I’m not sure what that is. Smiles! Thanks so much!

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