Learn how to make Peppermint Fudge for the holidays with this easy recipe. A white and dark chocolate treat sprinkled with peppermint sticks.
Easy to Make Christmas Peppermint Fudge
Peppermint Fudge has always been a family tradition that we love to make with the kids. This recipe is fresh and so simple to put together with very few ingredients. It has a dark chocolate base with white chocolate on the top and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. It makes the perfect treat to deliver to our neighbors or bring to a Christmas party.Jump to Recipe
It’s important to mention how EASY this recipe is to make! Truly anyone can learn how to make peppermint fudge! The kids help a lot with the stirring, spreading and sprinkling. They also love crushing the candy canes for the topping. There’s something about giving a child permission to break something that gives them great joy!
This Christmas Peppermint Fudge is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Keep in mind with your Christmas prep that this will need to be made in advance and cooled in the fridge for 1-2 hours or 6 hours at room temperature.
Ingredients to Make Peppermint Fudge:
This recipe only uses 6 ingredients to make this tasty treat!
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- White Chocolate Chips (I prefer the Ghirardelli ones)
- Dark Chocolate Chips (I prefer the Ghirardelli ones)
- Vanilla Extract
- Peppermint extract
- Peppermint candy canes crushed
How To Assemble Peppermint Fudge
- First, the melted dark chocolate mixture is spread evenly into the prepared pan.
- Second, the melted white chocolate mixture is spread evenly on top of the dark chocolate mixture.
- Finally, while the chocolate is still hot, sprinkle the remaining crushed peppermint pieces on top.
Common Questions about Peppermint Fudge:
- Do I need to use Mint Extract? Yes! Just candy canes alone will not add enough of a minty flavor to the chocolate. If you are using peppermint oil instead of peppermint extract, you will only need 1-2 drops. The peppermint oil has a stronger mint flavor. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing!
- What is the best chocolate to use for peppermint fudge? I love to use the Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips and the Ghirardelli classic white chips for this recipe. Using a more expensive chocolate will give it a smoother texture and it will melt beautifully in your mouth! No waxy coating will be left over in your mouth after eating chocolate like Ghirardelli.
- How long does does it take to cool the peppermint fudge? This is the most difficult part about this peppermint fudge, you have to wait for it to cool completely! It will take about 4-6 hours at room temperature, or about 1-2 hours in refrigerator.
- Do I need to use a Double Broiler for this recipe? No need to use the double broiler for melting the chocolate in this recipe because it is being melted with the sweetened condensed milk that will help it melt consistently without it burning as chocolate has a tendency to do with direct heat. BE sure to stir at all times to prevent burning.
How to Store Easy Peppermint Fudge
Peppermint Fudge is stable at room temperature, but if it’s left out over days, it will tend to dry out on the edges making it less appealing. It’s best to store in a cool dry place with plastic wrap over a plate. It will stay good for 1 week.
If you store it in the fridge, you will want to place it in an air tight container and it will stay good 3-4 weeks.
Here is the Recipe to Make Easy Peppermint Fudge:
Easy Christmas Peppermint Fudge
- 1 14 oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/3 cup peppermint candy canes crushed (about 5-6 candy canes)
- Line an 8×8 square pan with aluminum foil and lightly butter or spray with non stick spray to the sides and bottom of the foil. Set aside.
- Divide condensed milk equally into two separate small/medium saucepans (just over 1/2 cup in each pan).
- Add dark chocolate chips to one pan and white chocolate chips to the other.
- Melt chocolate chips over medium heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
- Once chocolate has melted, remove dark chocolate mixture from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Immediately spread evenly into prepared pan.
- Once white chocolate has melted, remove from heat and stir in mint extract. Stir in 1/4 cup (50g) crushed peppermint pieces and immediately spread evenly over dark chocolate layer.
- Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed peppermint pieces.
- Allow bark fudge to harden completely before slicing and serving (about 4-6 hours at room temperature, or about 1-2 hours in refrigerator).
- Store in airtight container in a cool place.
You will love learning how to make this peppermint fudge and eating it! It will be a new treat you and your family will enjoy for years!