(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Peanut butter lovers and fudge lovers come together on November 20th to celebrate National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. 

On June 16th, people across the United States celebrated National Fudge Day. Just by adding creamy or crunchy peanut butter, the celebration continues. They will have the yummy taste of peanut butter as the fudge flavor and star of the show.

Fudge originated in the United States, possibly by a happy accident. In 1886, a letter written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge was discovered. Ms. Hartridge attended Vassar College as a student in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the letter referred to a fudge her cousin had made.  Her cousin, in Baltimore Maryland, was selling the fudge for 40 cents per pound. Ms. Hartridge obtained the recipe, and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.  

In the late 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce products similar to that of the Vassar College fudge and sold it to summer vacationers. Fudge is still made in some of the original shops there today.

Two other fudge holidays on the calendar are National Nutty Fudge Day on May 12th and National Penuche Fudge Day on July 22nd.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PeanutButterFudgeDay

Peanut butter fudge adds great flavor to many desserts. Add it to ice cream, pies, and other candies. Of course, enjoying peanut butter fudge on its own is perfectly fine, too. Stop by your favorite candy shop or make your own. If you need a recipe, try these out. No matter how you decided to celebrate, be sure to invite someone to join you. No celebration is complete unless you have someone to join you!

Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge

Use #PeanutButterFudgeDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet holiday.

Fudge FAQ

Q. My fudge isn’t setting. What did I do wrong?
A. Every fudge recipe calls for the sweet, sugary mixture to be melted and heated. It’s important to heat the mixture to between 234 and 241F (also known as the soft ball stage for candy making). A candy thermometer solves this problem. 

Q. Is fudge something a beginner can make?
A. Yes. Fudge doesn’t require fancy equipment. It does, however, require a little patience. Try making one of the many microwave fudge recipes first, which are easy to follow. 

Q. How should I package fudge for gifts?
A. Who wouldn’t want to receive homemade fudge as a gift? Some beautiful and festive ways to package fudge as a gift include:

  • Decorate a brown paper bag with stickers, stamps, a sweet message, or freehand drawings. Wrap the fudge in wax paper and place inside. Write the recipe on a card. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the card and the paper bag. Use a colorful ribbon to attach the card through the holes and tie it with a bow.
  • Place several small pieces in a cellophane bag, tying with ribbon. Set the package inside a coffee mug.
  • Make a cone out of heavy wrapping paper or cardstock. Secure the edges with tape. Fill the cone with wrapped fudge and other goodies.


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