Pro-tip: There's Awesome Homemade Fudge at J.E. Gibbs Cheese, Cincinnati


[Photographs: Jacqueline Raposo]

Nestled amongst the copious amounts of cheese at the J.E. Gibbs stand in Findlay Market is a display case of swoon-worthy homemade fudge ($8.99/lb). There are pecan and cookie-studded varieties, but if you like peanut butter, you can't go wrong with the Chocolate Peanut Butter and Tiger Butter varieties.

chocolate peanut butter fudge

The classic Chocolate Peanut Butter completely satiated those in our group who wanted a hefty nibble. It wasn't as sweet as we'd expected, and therefore easier to eat more of than the other types of fudge. Because of the darker cocoa content, the chocolate layer was a tad (just a tad) dry, but not so much so that it took attention away from the richness of the thick wedge of peanut butter. Both the chocolate and the peanut butter were pleasantly present on the tongue without one overpowering the other. Those in our group who don't like their sweets too sweet loved it—and how often can you say that fudge is not that sweet?

tiger butter fudge

The Tiger Butter version, on the other hand, is immensely sweet, so much so that it was too much for the dark-chocolate lovers who tasted it. Yet because of the higher fat count in the white chocolate fudge—which made up the bulk of the bite—it was also the creamier of the two, and that texture won over those who go gaga for sugar. Though it's only a slight layer nestled between the white chocolate, the peanut butter flavor somehow came through more prominently than in the chocolate/peanut butter version, and the drizzle of dark chocolate on top of the Tiger grounded the whole thing before the bite went overboard.