This easy Peppermint Fudge recipe combines the classic Christmas flavor of candy canes along with the longtime favorite holiday sweet treat – fudge!
This is the time of year families travel to be with one another, celebrate, cook, eat and enjoy this special time together. In order to spend more time with family, and less time in the kitchen, this easy Peppermint Fudge Recipe meets both of those goals!
When and Where Did Fudge Become Popular?
I find this super interesting, but if you don’t – just skip ahead!
Did your parents ever say “Oh Fudge!”? The slang expression for being annoyed has been around since the early 1800s. As the story goes, fudge the sweet treat first showed up at a girl’s college in the late 1800s. Rumor has it, the fudge sold so well at a school auction that students in schools across the country started making it.
Because fudge is an easy and inexpensive candy that travels well, it is sold just about anywhere a crowd is likely to be. You can buy fudge on a seaside boardwalk, carnivals, fairs, amusement parks, and sweet shops everywhere in the world.
What Is Fudge Made Of?
The classic old-school fudge recipe contains sugar, butter, and milk. The smaller the grain of sugar, the smoother and creamier your fudge will be.
Over the years, a quick set fudge recipe using sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow fudge, chocolate or candy melts has gained popularity.
Our recipe uses sweetened condensed milk. To keep it super easy, you can just open a can. If you want your fudge to be extra homemade, then you can use our homemade sweetened condensed milk recipe to make your own.
How Do You Make Fudge?
To make fudge at home you would typically use a double boiler on the stove or your microwave. With the popularity of slow cookers and Instant Pots, you can find a ton of fudge recipes for those small appliances.
Although the white chocolate chips for this candy cane fudge recipe are melted in a saucepan, you can shorten the cooking time by melting your chips using the microwave.
I will caution that it is easy to scorch your chocolate in the microwave, so be careful to watch those cook times!
Peppermint Candy Fudge Ingredients:
How to make Peppermint Fudge:
Step 1: Place your peppermint candies in a ziplock bag.
Step 2: Use a rolling pin or a similar hard object, to crush the candies in the ziplock bag. This keeps the candy pieces from flying all over the kitchen!
Step 3: In a saucepan on low heat, add the white chocolate chips.
Step 4: Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir often, until the chips are fully melted.
Step 5: Stir in half the peppermint candies. If a stronger peppermint flavor is wanted, you can add a few drops of peppermint extract. For an adult version with a kick, you can make this Peppermint Fudge Recipe with Peppermint Schnapps!
Step 6: Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper. Place the fudge into the pan.
Press the rest of the crushed candies on top of the fudge. Place the fudge in the freezer for one hour.
Remove and cut fudge into pieces. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also store in the freezer in a container until ready to serve then thaw in the fridge.
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Peppermint Fudge Recipe
- 24 oz. white chocolate chips
- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 20-22 peppermint candies
- Place the peppermint candies in a Ziplock bag and crush.
- In a saucepan on low heat, add white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Stir often until chips are fully melted.
- Stir in half the peppermint candies. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Place the fudge into the pan. The thicker you make it the thicker the fudge will be.
- Press the rest of the crushed candies on top of the fudge. Place the fudge in the freezer for one hour.
- Remove and cut fudge into pieces. Keep in the fridge. If you would like it to keep for longer keep it in the freezer in a container until ready to serve then thaw in the fridge.