Peppermint Fudge is an easy Christmas fudge recipe featuring rich and creamy peppermint flavored chocolate fudge with a crushed candy cane topping! No candy thermometer needed – this fudge is easy peasy!
When it comes to Christmas traditions my favorite has to be the fudge. My Grandma always used to make chocolate and peanut butter fudge for the holidays and I’ve continued the tradition of fudge making in my family.
Our peanut butter fudge is one of my all time favorite treats, especially because it’s made in the microwave and turns out unbelievably creamy!
This year we’re sharing a new fudge recipe with you. It’s my favorite chocolate fudge infused with classic Christmas flavor: peppermint!
And I’m topping this peppermint fudge with crushed candy cane for even more minty flavor. The crunchy candy and the soft textured fudge are a great combination.
More Peppermint Favorites:
If you’re as crazy about peppermint as I am then you may also be interested in this copycat Starbucks peppermint syrup. You can put this simple syrup in all sorts of drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and cocktails!
- 18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- ¼ cup finely crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Add the chocolate chips and condensed milk to a small sauce pan and cook over low heat, stirring often, until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract. Continue stirring until the mixture is thick and glossy.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle the top with the crushed candy canes. Lightly press the candy canes to help them adhere to the fudge.
- Place the fudge in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.
- Remove from the pan and slice into 36 small pieces.
- Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Tips & Notes:
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Chocolate Chips – If possible use a high quality chocolate chip such as Ghirardelli. I’m using semisweet chocolate chips. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate will also work if you prefer a more or less sweet fudge.
Sweetened Condensed Milk – This is the key to making a quick, simple fudge. It helps the fudge set up nice and creamy without a lot of work.
Peppermint Extract – I’ve linked to my favorite brand of peppermint extract. It’ll add excellent authentic peppermint flavor. If you want less of the peppermint flavor swap it for vanilla extract and just top with the crushed peppermint candy.
Candy Canes/Peppermint Candies – These will be finely crushed and sprinkled over the fudge before chilling to add a sweet peppermint crunch! You can actually buy these pre-crushed too if you want to save time.
What We Love About This Recipe:
- Holiday Flavor: All that peppermint flavor just screams Christmas. Between the extract and the crushed candy cane this festive holiday fudge is not short on the peppermint flavor.
- Creamy & Crunchy: The textures of the crunchy crushed candy cane topping with the soft chocolatey fudge is a great combination!
- Festive: Let your holiday season be effortlessly festive with a treat that looks and tastes impressive but it so simple to make.
- Holiday Gift: Wrap up squares of this peppermint fudge for a thoughtful homemade gift.
How To Make Peppermint Fudge:
Melt: To begin preparing the fudge add the chocolate chips and condensed milk to a small sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring often, until it forms a smooth and well combined mixture.
Peppermint: Now to get all that peppermint flavor in there! Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract. Keep on stirring the mixture until it is thick and glossy.
Assemble: Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Spread it out evenly in the dish using a rubber or offset spatula.
Topping: Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over the top and lightly press them so that they stick to the fudge. Place the dish into your refrigerator and allow it to chill for at least 2 hours for the fudge to set.
How long does fudge last?
This peppermint fudge will last up to a month in the fridge so you can enjoy it all holiday season! Be sure to keep the fudge in a sealed container or your whole fridge will smell of peppermint.
You may also freeze this fudge for up to 3 months.
Peppermint: You can easily control the amount of peppermint flavor by using less peppermint extract for less of a peppermint flavor. You can even swap it entirely for vanilla extract and let the peppermint candy do all of the work.
Layer It: Want a combination of flavors? Use half white chocolate chips + half of the sweetened condsened milk and use half dark chocolate chips with the remainder of the sweetened condensed milk. Layer the two together in the pan to create a white and dark chocolate peppermint fudge.
Chocolate Bars: You may swap the chocolate chips for finely chopped chocolate bars, if you prefer. They’ll actually melt nicer than the cheap brand of chocolate chip and make for a smoother fudge.
This peppermint fudge should be stored covered in the fridge for up t one month. You may also freeze this fudge for up to 3 months.
Nope! If you only want a little peppermint flavor you can top with the crushed candy cane and use vanilla extract instead.