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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 with candy corn

Payday Fudge

5 from 4 votes
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.
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.

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Recipe Nutrition

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
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword candy, fudge, peanut butter

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Last Updated on August 29, 2019

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  1. I went and got the stuff to make this, but of course the measurements are off because I am in Canada and everything here is ml not oz. So I ended up using 1 bag of white chocolate chips, and the remainder I used semi-sweet chocolate chips because that’s what I had. I put in 1/4 c. of brown sugar to compensate.
    And 2 small cans of sweetened condensed milk is plenty- recipe did not turn out to taste so much like a payday, more like a peanut butter fudge- but it was still really good- and the candy corn looks festive on the darker fudge 🙂

  2. I love the new design! I like that it is pretty and professional at the same time. I like that it is clean and uncluttered. The design highlights your beautiful photos and the navigation is so user friendly. You must be so happy with it! We have enjoyed a bunch of your fudge recipes but I don’t think we have ever had any with unicorn magic. I need to make these! Everyone needs some unicorn magic in their life! 🙂

  3. Candy corn is definitely magical! My husband always buys a bag of peanuts and candy corn and mixes them together. He loves the stuff, it really does taste like a pay day too. He’d totally die if I made this fudge for him! Definitely on my list for Halloween. Love the new blog design too!

  4. I don’t really like candy corn but I can easily make this without them and more peanuts! Always room for more nuts 😉

  5. Love the new site design – really fresh and clean looking !
    Looking forward to getting my copy of the new cookbook too 🙂

  6. I absolutely LOVE your site design, it’s so cute and pretty! This fudge looks divine; peanut butter gold with candy corn! Pinned 😀