WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

Top row: Me, Dr. Baran, and Sara
Bottom row: Danielle, Marybeth, Kaitlyn, Alex, and Katie
There are many other ladies there too – but they were a little camera shy :)

I’m sorry to report I recently completed my final WoCavé mission.  It has been a blast figuring out what a WoCavé means to me this summer, and I think this third mission really clarified and solidified the concept for me.

This month’s mission was to throw a mocktail and dessert party for my girlfriends.  I thought about this mission for awhile.  Instead of asking my friends to drive across town in the middle of rush hour and their busy lives, I thought I’d bring the WoCavé to some of them.  Several of my friends work in my favorite medical office.  It started as a business relationship, but before long, we were going to fashion shows and out to eat together.

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

Two of the members of the all-female staff (remember, no guys allowed in the WoCavé!) recently had babies, so they are extra busy.  However, all of them work incredibly hard, keeping the office and their homes in order and making sure they spend lots of time with their families.  They are awesome ladies.  I love chatting with them, and they make going to a medical office loads of fun.  They are always so kind to me, so I wanted to pamper them.

I turned their break room into a WoCavé.  In order to help me, my mission box contained mocktail glasses, a mocktail recipe book, a mocktail shaker set, a Visa gift card, and it all came in this fantastic ottoman to help decorate my WoCavé.  I love that ottoman so much!  For treats I prepared Peach Granola Bars, Blackberry Pie Bars, and Peanut Butter Fudge.  I’ve made peanut butter fudge in the microwave before, but this version is even better and only a little harder to make.  It is creamy and will melt in your mouth; plus it has a punch of peanut butter flavor.  The ladies could not decide which was their favorite, though the Blackberry Pie Bars, with blackberries picked by Dad, were a huge hit.  I also made Faux-Sangria.  I cut up a few peaches and plums and added some blueberries and freshly squeezed orange juice.  The ladies filled their glasses with fruit, then topped it off with either sparkling cider or sparkling white grape juice.  It was the perfect refreshing celebration of summer.

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

These ladies loved their WoCavé break and they so deserved it.  I hope they know how much I like and appreciate them.  I also hope they, along with all of you, will keep WoCavés going in your world.  I know I will.  I think the biggest takeaway from this whole experience was that we all need a WoCavé in our lives and that it can be whatever we want it to be.  Everyone’s WoCavé will be a little different.  It’s all about what makes you happy and comfortable.

I am so grateful for my experience this summer not only as a blogger, but also as a woman.  I have learned and grown so much on both fronts and opened myself to new experiences.  I hope I have inspired you in some way too.  And maybe if I ask nicely, the Skinny Cow will send more of her sweet treats and WoCavé missions my way!

Disclaimer: I was compensated by Skinny Cow/Nestle for my time and participation, however, all opinions, as always, are my own.

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

WoCave Mission 3 + Peanut Butter Fudge

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 64 pieces

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¾ cup milk (I used almond)

Pinch baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring corn syrup, sugars, milk, baking soda, and salt to a boil, stirring frequently. Insert a candy thermometer. Continuing to stir frequently and boil, bring the mixture to 236 degrees F on the candy thermometer.

Once it reaches 236, remove it from the heat and stir in the butter. Stir until it is completely incorporated. Then add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until they are fully incorporated. Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Place the fudge in a cool place to firm up. If you’re in a hurry, you can put it in the refrigerator.

Once the fudge is cool, remove it from the pan using the parchment and cut it into pieces. Fudge may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living, May 1998

http://piesandplots.net/wocave-mission-3-peanut-butter-fudge/

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Comments

  1. Awww how sweet!!! I bet those ladies were so happy and grateful!

  2. Looks like you had so much fun with the ladies! What a fun place! And the treats you made are so lovely. Those Peach Granola Bars and Blackberry Pie Bars look very pretty and delicious: appropriate to the occasion!

  3. Sounds like you had a blast. What a cool experience you got to take part in. I love all the treats you made… especially that peanut butter fudge… YUM!

  4. Great fun and so nice of you to take the WoCave to the ladies!!!

  5. This looks like such a fun event to host! Lucky ladies.

  6. Joanne says:

    Aww so sweet of you to bring the par-tay to your friends!! And it’s always a party where the fudge is. This looks fabulous.

  7. I need some of that fudge!!!

  8. Eric says:

    The fudge was great I could of ate myself sick. Many thanks for letting me be a taste tester.

    5 stars.

  9. SAL says:

    AWESOME DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY.

  10. LInda says:

    That fudge was great Thanks for the taste.

  11. Looks like a lot of fun!

  12. Jeff says:

    I love fudge and peanut butter so this was perfect.

  13. Dolores says:

    THANKS AGAIN LAURA FOR ALL THE DELICIOUS TREATS!

  14. KATIE says:

    Thank you Joanna & Laura. The sweet treats were amazing! You are so talented. I especially loved the fudge & the blackberry pie bars. Thanks ladies I always enjoy your company. xo

  15. Kaitlyn says:

    Thank you so much for the delicious sweet treats! I could not get enough of that peanut butter fudge – thanks for posting the recipe! I’ll definitely have to share it with my friends. You’re the best! 🙂

  16. Stefanie says:

    Laura makes the best sweets. So delicious!!!

  17. Danielle says:

    Laura, thank you so much for the treats. I loved the blackberry bars! They were delicious, and the drinks were very refreshing! It was a nice treat in the middle of our busy day 🙂 Thanks again!

  18. Alex says:

    I loved everything! I couldn’t stop eating them! Delicious!

  19. Jessica Gappy says:

    Loving all of these peanut butter treats! Everything about this was great – the texture, the taste, the look. Yummy yummy yummy!!!

  20. Mary and fam says:

    Thanks Laura for sending over a tray of delicious peanut butter fudge! It really does melt in your mouth! It’s the perfect sweetness and not too rich. My family all loves peanut butter, so it was a huge hit!

    p.s. And, thank you to your Dad! It’s always exciting to see him on our door step!

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