Payday Fudge

5 from 2 votes

Remember how good Payday Candy Bars are? Well, this PayDay Fudge is even better! Peanut butter fudge filled with peanuts and candy corn (of all things) tastes just like a PayDay!

If you’re a lover of peanut butter, peanuts and that chewy nougat center that PayDay candy bars have, then this is the fudge for you.


payday fudge with candy corn

Candy Corn is baaaaack. Have you found it yet? I snagged some at Walgreens but I’m just impatiently tapping my foot waiting for Target to get rid of back to school and onto Halloween.

Okay, so it’s official: candy corn is magical. They look like unicorn horns for a reason: just adding simple ingredients to candy corn makes it taste like something else entirely.

For example, if you add peanuts to candy corn you get a PayDay Candy Bar. And, if you add candy corn and peanuts to peanut butter fudge, it tastes like PayDay Fudge. If that’s not unicorn magic, I don’t know what is.

No guys, really, it’s true: eat a handful of peanuts mixed with candy corn and it’s just magical how it turns into a PayDay.

I’m not a huge just-eat-candy-corn fan. Alone, it’s kind of boring and way too sweet. But candy corn is truly magical – when you mix it with certain other foods it totally changes the flavor.

Like, if you melt it with peanut butter and you get Butterfingers. #truestory

And, when you mix it with peanuts, you get PayDay Candy Bars! You can eat it alone to get the effect, or use the two ingredients to make something else. 

PayDay Fudge is a peanut butter fudge recipe full of peanuts and candy corn to make it chewy like a PayDay candy bar!

fudge with bite missing

It’s getting to be that time of year where FUDGE is all the rage. And this fudge is super easy!

Easy Fudge has just a few ingredients and is no-fail fudge!

Basic easy fudge starts with 3 cups of chocolate chips and 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk. I make easy fudge all the time during the holidays (using white chocolate chips or chocolate chips) and I always make no fail fudge because it’s so easy and, well, no fail. During the holidays I do not have time for failure!

For this PayDay Fudge I turned easy fudge into easy peanut butter fudge! By adding peanut butter to the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk you get peanut butter fudge. Then add in peanuts and candy corn and let it set – start to finish it’s only about 15 minutes plus cooling time.

Add candy corn to make it taste like nougat!

Candy Corn is hard and chewy at the same time. When you stir it into the fudge mixture it won’t melt; instead it adds a nice chewy texture to the fudge.

The beauty of doing this with candy corn is that the candy corn doesn’t really taste like anything; it absorbs the peanut butter flavor of the fudge and except for seeing it you’d never know it was in there.

What kind of peanut butter do you use for peanut butter fudge?

Make sure to use a no-stir brand of peanut butter. Skippy or Jif or a similar store brand is best. You can even use Skippy Naturals (or the Jif equivalent) because even though that’s a more natural product, it’s still no-stir.

When you’re choosing peanuts to add to the fudge, use any you like. I love using the honey roasted peanuts from Trader Joes – I buy their big bags of them – but you can use cocktail peanuts too!


payday fudge in stack

How to store Payday Fudge:

I like to let fudge set on the counter or in the refrigerator if it’s warm in your kitchen. Slice into small squares and then store in an airtight container for serving, storing or shipping. Keep it in the refrigerator and it’ll last awhile!

Tip: don’t slice it until you want to serve/ship/eat it. It’ll stay fresher not sliced!

What do I do if my fudge doesn’t harden?

With this recipe it should be no-fail. Easy fudge hardens easily because it’s just white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Here are a few tips for success:

  • Use regular (not fat-free) sweetened condensed milk
  • Do NOT use natural peanut butter that needs to be stirred
  • Use fresh white chocolate chips – older chips have a hard time melting
  • If your fudge still isn’t hardening after all that, then chill it and/or freeze it to set it.

Other easy fudge recipes:

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Payday Fudge

Easy peanut butter fudge is filled with peanuts and candy corn, making it taste like a PayDay candy bar! With only 6 ingredients, this easy fudge comes together in under 15 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 36 squares
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 14 ounces can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups candy corn divided
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts regular or honey roasted, divided


  • Assemble all ingredients. Line an 8x8” or 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place white chocolate chips, peanut butter, and sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Working quickly, stir in 1 cup each of the candy corn and peanuts. Quickly spread in prepared pan and top with remaining candy corn and peanuts; press to adhere them to the top.
  • Let fudge cool to room temperature, then chill to set. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, fudge, peanut butter

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  1. Your new cookbook arrived today, and I was excited to open the box and begin reading through the chapters. I love all of your recipes! You are definitely a talented baker!

  2. Loving this new design Dorothy! Its lovely and clean and showcases all your beautiful creations! Meanwhile…fudge! Looks amazing!!!

  3. Congrats Dorothy,

    Your new design is stunning. It’s very clean and easy to navigate.
    I have been a follower since last May and come here EVERYDAY.

    You have one the best personalities in the blogging world. I don’t know you in real life, but the way you write your blog you seem very approachable. For instance if I ever did meet you, I wouldn’t be shy or hesitate to say hello to you. And I love that about you.

    And of course I love all your genius creations. 😉

    Hope it gets cooler up there where you live, down in SoCal it’s blazing away.

  4. Love the site make-over, especially your logo, so cute! And I love candy corn, I only wish my teeth loved it as much, because this fudge looks to die for 🙂

  5. Love the new look but I’ve always loved your site regardless.  Nice work!!  This one looks great.  I lived in MN for 17 years and “learned” about candy corn and peanuts mixed there and carried it with me nearly 14 years ago to Oregon.  I have now established a yearly container here “when fall feels right”.  We are still getting some hot weather but fall is in the air regardless of the temperature outside.  Can’t wait to try this one.  Have you tried it or considered the candy corn M&Ms as another option to add?  Just curious.  I’ve heard both good and bad about that flavor.  I am a HUGE fan of Brach’s version.  I don’t think any of the others quite get the honey depth as right as they do and the dry-roasted peanuts combined with that brand of candy corn is PERFECT.  Thanks again for keeping us well stocked with fun new recipes to try!!

    1. Thank you Linda! I love the Brach’s brand, they’re my favorite. I love the s’mores version too!! I was not a huge fan of the flavored M&Ms, unfortunately, but if you like them they’d be perfect on this!