Peanut Truffle Fudge


“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food (both highly recommended reads)

This is some of the best advice I’ve heard.

Today, it was more along the lines of: Eat food. Way too much. Mostly cheese.

We taped the cheese episode today – a fantasy of mine really, but I felt rather like crap upon coming home. We have to taste our way through each segment (4 of them), and run through each one twice, plus cutaways (all those snippets of close-up chopping stuff, turning on the burners, grabbing stuff from the fridge etc. that you see on food shows but don’t really notice) – and then there’s the small matter of eighteen or so different chunks of cheese lying around as leftovers beside pots of fettuccine Alfredo and grilled cheese sandwiches. So I didn’t really stop when the cameras were off, although I did slow down a bit, and tried to ballast all that cheese with some walnuts and prunes and broccoli.

I grazed through the day and Mike fended for himself at dinner, W slept through it and ate plain popcorn and dried apricots upon waking up and wanting to watch Wall-E.

Later, as I was checking email and reading Green Eggs and Ham for the kajillionth time (it is good speech exercise, luckily) I remembered the chocolatey peanuty stuff I made the other day in response to a craving for a Cuban Lunch – do you remember those waxy peanut and chocolate bars that came in little ruffled rectangular red paper cups? I think they discontinued them before I was 10, but I remember my mom buying them, along with sponge toffee (still one of my favourite things ever) at the little grocery store by our house. I hadn’t thought of them in eons, and then one day something triggered a memory lodged somewhere deep in my brainpan (weird what you hang on to while more important stuff is jettisoned off to oblivion after a week and a half) and I had to make some out of the chocolate chips and salted peanuts in my cupboard. This stuff is softer than the old-school Cuban Lunch, more like a truffle than like fudge, but I didn’t know how else to describe it. Decidedly not low fat or calorie, but cheaper than therapy. And honestly, these require less than 5 minutes of actual work. (If you can call stirring and pouring work.)

Peanut Truffle Fudge


Yields1 Serving

3/4 cup half & half (or full-on whipping cream)
3 cups chocolate chips
1 cup salted peanuts


In a medium pot or microwave-safe bowl, heat the cream (on the stovetop or in the microwave) until barely simmering. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir until smooth. Stir in the peanuts.


Spread into a loaf pan and chill; cut into squares or strips or trim bits and bites off and just eat them. (Not too much.).


 3/4 cup half & half (or full-on whipping cream)
 3 cups chocolate chips
 1 cup salted peanuts



In a medium pot or microwave-safe bowl, heat the cream (on the stovetop or in the microwave) until barely simmering. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir until smooth. Stir in the peanuts.


Spread into a loaf pan and chill; cut into squares or strips or trim bits and bites off and just eat them. (Not too much.).

Peanut Truffle Fudge

Speaking of exercise (or was I? I can’t remember) my early morning workout regimen lasted exactly one day. Monday I was up early and did my stint at the gym, but by the end of the day we were half an episode behind and the following days I had to be out the door at 6:30 to make my call time, which would have meant being up at 5 to squeeze in even a brief visit to the gym. Having not been in bed early enough (and both nights up with either boy or dog) it was a choice between sleep and gym, and my brain, as you well know, does not function well without sleep. With an entire crew working around Ned and I, I felt obliged to be as cognizant as possible.

Despite the cheese and new-school Cuban Lunch I have managed to stay the course and am teetering at the brink of 200. A point I never thought I’d have to cross back over again, but I am happy that I’m not back to working my way down to 300. I’d love to hear how you are all doing. I finally heard back from the Superstore, and so am going to schedule Book Club for the week of the 23rd?



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24 comments on “Peanut Truffle Fudge

  1. Lindsay
    February 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Cuban Lunch! My aunt made something similar this Christmas, I hadn’t thought about Cuban Lunch in For Ever. Her’s was made with some combination of chocolate, peanuts and crushed ripple potato chips.

  2. sue.d
    February 4, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    ah, the Cuban Lunch. Lucky Cubans!

    Sounds like a cheese fantasy alright, but I’m sure eleven or forteen or whatever hours later it loses its lustre. You’re awesome to be staying with your goals in the midst of it all, way to go Julie!

  3. Dana mccauley
    February 5, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I’m turning a new leaf today: I’m thinking thin. Therefore, I had to look at your picture only using my peripheral vision!

  4. Manon from Ontario
    February 5, 2009 at 5:25 am

    That looks way to yummy, I will not resist if I make it, kinda thing 😉
    Wow Julie good for you, my scale is mean, even if I’m choosing better foods, and not eating at night, it went up 2 pounds this week…and I’m not pms?
    However, my kids being sick, I haven’t exercised or slept much, and I thing that could be one of the reasons.
    My body just doen’t understand weight loss, it doesn’t remember how I think.
    Bought a new dvd, Dance yourself Thin, looks fun, and as soon as I can, I will be moving my butt to it.
    Have a good week Julie and others 🙂


  5. Nancy G
    February 5, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Mmmm cheese! Definitely a weakness for me –I love it!
    Those bars sort of remind me of an Eatmore Chocolate bar which I used to love as a kid –you know the sort of flat, tar like looking bar with peanuts in it. I’m not sure I should even attempt to make these chocolate peanut bars just in case they taste too good to resist!

  6. Cathie Whitehead
    February 5, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Cuban Lunch and Sponge Toffee love them both; last Halloween we ‘crunch’ bars which are sponge toffee covered with chocolate (yum, hated to give them out). I joined Weight Watchers – week 4 now and so far so good (I need the accountability), losing 2 pounds per week.

    Please keep us posted on the book club at Superstore.

  7. elektra
    February 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

    179 pounds and exercising daily. feeling quite well, thanks. i’m in for the long, slow haul (literally) as i’m over 40 and my metabolism has changed in ways i do not understand yet must accept.

  8. Avery
    February 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I was going to say it looks like an Eatmore, too!

  9. robyn
    February 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I don’t know my actual weight in numbers, but I’m feeling slimmer. I’ve been having fruit every morning with a piece of toast, then soup for lunch (chicken broth based only – no cream soups) then a healthy dinner. Seems to be working!

  10. Kathy
    February 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I haven’t weighed myself recently but am pleased to report that when I bought some clothes a week or so ago, I was the same size as before Christmas.

    I am trying to get back to exercising three days per week but am not consistent with it as I could be.

  11. LisaMer
    February 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Weigh in on Saturday for this week (Weight Watchers), but I’m down 5lb for the month of January. I’m hoping for another 2lb this week and I think I should be close (I’ve been “good”). Probably around 178lb.

    As for Dr. Seuss, N’s favourites right now are Horton Hears a Who and The Grinch. I think Hubby can recite all of Horton by heart! 😉

    Going to scour the index for some supper ideas now….

  12. Sue (London)
    February 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Cheese is a big weakness for me and oh those truffles look to die for great but I too would not be able to resist.
    I’ve been on WW online for 2 weeks, loving the program and I’m down 6 pounds. I’ve been faithfully hitting Jazzercise 3x/week which makes a big difference. Any Jazzercisers out there? Its SO FuN!
    My teenagers won’t let me read to them in bed anymore! I miss those days. Dr. Seuss is my favourite!
    I wish I could come to your book club on the 23rd! Can’t wait to hear about it.

  13. JulieVR
    February 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Yes! Same flavours as an Eatmore, but not chewy, which I think is the essence of an Eatmore. Especially after being carried in your pocket or left on the dashboard of a warm car until especially gooey…

  14. glenda
    February 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Haven’t checked the scale but back to the healthy eating and feeling that edge of hunger….and at the gymn four times this week so far! Hooray for better life styles!

  15. Nancy G
    February 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Okay, if they have the same flavour as an Eatmore, I will have to make them and try not to eat the entire pan!

  16. rose
    February 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Julie,

    My weight loss efforts are finally back on track after being off WW online over Christmas. Habits are hard to break and even though I felt I was ‘controlled’ on my indulgences, they created new habits like night time snacking which are hard to break.

    Julie at six feet tall you may not be too far from goal. It’ll feel great to break the 200 mark, I know it was a thrill for me. Think I’m at about 172.
    Have recently made the wonton ravioli I saw you do on It’s Just Food. They’re SO easy and fabulous!! Also have done your veg curry and loved it.

  17. doula aj
    February 5, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I’m a huge Michael Pollan fan – I find his writing makes such sense in today’s food world.
    The week of the 23rd works for me (just not Wednesday!)Looking forward to it…

  18. Natalie (Michigan)
    February 7, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Almost licked the screen!! Too bad my son won’t eat peanut butter and my husband is on a strict diet…. b/c I would end up eating them all myself.

    I’ve gotten to my weight goal. Now the maintaining begins……….

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