[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Once upon a time, I only ate saltine crackers with soup. Clam chowder? Pass the saltines. Tomato bisque? More saltines, please! But saltines in dessert? Inconceivable. I've since seen the light and Chocolate Crack, a mega-addictive chocolate-covered cracker bark, is now one of my go-to low effort, high reward desserts. But even so, I never imagined using crackers to make fudge.

In this retro classic dessert, soda crackers stand in for peanuts in order to up the crunch factor. While it's not quite as deceptive as the infamous Ritz Mock Apple Pie, it's interesting that only a few tablespoons of peanut butter lend the fudge enough peanut flavor to trick your brain into thinking that the crunchy bits are pieces of peanut.

If you love Fluffernutters, you'll love this fudge, which packs plenty of peanut butter and marshmallow flavor into every bite. Traditional Soda Cracker Fudge recipes omit chocolate, but I say the addition of chocolate never hurt any dessert—especially not fudge.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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