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The Pioneer Woman star is a big fan of sweets. Ree Drummond recently shared her recipe for sweet and salty fudge. If you like both sweet and salty treats, this is the recipe for you. Here’s how the Food Network chef makes this budget-friendly recipe.

Ree Drummond’s Sweet and Salty Fudge Recipe

Ree Drummond poses in a red blouse during her segment on the 'Today' show.
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Drummond says her viewers will be “absolutely amazed” by this fudge recipe. One thing she likes about this dessert is that it has few ingredients. The first ingredient she adds to a pot is sweetened condensed milk. Next, Drummond adds semi-sweet chocolate chips. She lets the chocolate and condensed milk heat up for about 3 minutes. She says when the milk and chocolate melt together it becomes “a little piece of heaven.”

Drummond says her recipe provides an easy way to make fudge because, “You don’t have to have a candy thermometer, you don’t have to monitor the temperature and get it to a certain stage. It’s just basically these two ingredients, and then I’m going to turn it into a sweet and salty situation,” she says during her show.

Preparing the fudge mixture

For the next step, Drummond pours the mixture into a square baking dish that has been lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. When making this dessert, you’ll have to put some pep in your step. Drummond says it’s necessary to pour the mixture quickly. “You want to work quickly because this does set pretty fast,” she says during The Pioneer Woman. “So, get it out to the corners and then kind of swirl it and make sure the surface is nice and even.”

Next, Drummond adds 5 scoops of creamy peanut butter on top of the chocolate mixture. Since the fudge mixture is hot, the peanut butter will soften and get gooey. Once the peanut butter melts down, Drummond swirls it into the fudge. Shen then sprinkles crushed kettle chips (kettle-cooked potato chips) and pretzels on top of the fudge and peanut butter.

Drummond says you can put the mix into the refrigerator to help speed up the setting of the fudge or you can place it on the counter for a couple of hours and let it cool off and set that way. Once the fudge is ready, all you have to do is lift it out of the foil and serve it. Drummond says this recipe is “very, very cheap to make and very, very good to eat.”

The Pioneer Woman’s budget-friendly recipes

This dessert was part of a series of recipes Drummond prepared for her Pocketbook-Friendly recipe series. Some of the other meals she made during this episode were Italian chicken meatballs, spicy chili verde, and tortilla breakfast bake.

The Pioneer Woman says chili and rice are some of the best budget-friendly meals. The ingredients are inexpensive to purchase and make for a tasty lunch or dinner.

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