This easy peppermint fudge is a delicious and quick treat that has a creamy richness and deliciously refreshing minty pop. It's perfect to whip up during the holiday season.
Today, we're going to make this easy white chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! It combines delicious creamy white chocolate with the minty pop of crushed peppermint candy.
This fun Christmas dessert recipe is a real treat, perfect for anyone who loves to mix, melt, and create something sweet. Plus, it's so yummy, you'll want to share it with everyone!
We've got other great and easy fudge recipes as well.
What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Super easy to make: You don't need to be a kitchen pro to nail this recipe.
- Quick prep time: It comes together in a snap, leaving more time for fun.
- Perfect for holidays: Its festive look and taste make it ideal for celebrations.
- Kid-friendly: Little ones can join in on the fun of making (and eating) it.
For our homemade fudge you'll need:
White Chocolate Chips: The star of the show! White chocolate gives a creamy, sweet base to our fudge. Try to pick a brand that you love eating on its own for the best flavor. High-quality fudge starts with high-quality chocolate. If you'd rather a chocolate peppermint fudge, use semi sweet chocolate chips instead.
Sweetened Condensed Milk: This adds sweetness and a smooth texture to your fudge.
Crushed Peppermints or Crushed Candy Canes: These little bits add a cool, minty kick! You can crush up candy canes or buy peppermint candies and crush them yourself. This is a great recipe to use up any left over candy canes.
Peppermint Extract: This adds the peppermint flavor throughout the fudge! This extract boosts that minty taste we love so much in this fudge.
- Microwave Safe Bowl: To melt the chocolate and milk together.
- 8x8 Baking Dish: Just the right size for your fudge. If you don't have one, any similar-sized dish will work.
- Foil or Parchment Paper: To line your dish for easy fudge removal.
- Spatula: For stirring and spreading the fudge mixture.
Preparing the Mixture: Begin by placing your white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl. This combo will be the base of your fudge.
Heat the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. After the first 30 seconds, give everything a good stir. This helps the chocolate melt evenly and prevents burning.
Then, continue to microwave in short bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each interval. It's important to do this gradually as chocolate can go from unmelted to burnt pretty quickly. You're aiming for a smooth, well-blended mixture.
Adding Flavors: Once your chocolate and milk mix is smooth, stir in half of your crushed peppermints and the peppermint extract. The extract adds a strong minty flavor, so ensure it's mixed in well for an even taste throughout the fudge.
Prepping the Pan: Prepare your 8x8 baking dish by lining it with foil or parchment paper and lightly greasing it. This step makes sure your fudge doesn’t stick and is easy to remove later.
The light greasing (you can use butter or a cooking spray) helps the paper stay in place and also aids in removing the fudge once it's set.
Pouring the Fudge: Pour the chocolate mixture into your prepared dish. Use a spatula to spread it evenly. This ensures your fudge will have a uniform thickness and set evenly.
Adding the Final Touches: Sprinkle the remaining crushed peppermints over the top of the fudge. Gently press them into the surface so they stick and become part of the fudge. This not only adds flavor but also gives your fudge a festive, attractive look.
Chilling Time: Cover your dish and place it in the refrigerator. Let it sit for several hours until the fudge is firm. This chilling time is crucial as it allows the fudge to set properly and develop the right texture.
Slicing the Fudge: Once set, remove the fudge from the fridge. Lift it out of the dish using the edges of the foil or parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to slice it into squares.
If the fudge is a bit sticky, dipping your knife in hot water before slicing can make it easier to cut clean, neat pieces.
Enjoying Your Treat: Now, your Peppermint Fudge is ready to be enjoyed!
Chocolate Check: Keep your eyes on the chocolate as it melts. If it gets too hot, it can turn grainy and is extremely hard to recover.
Cutting Technique: Use a sharp knife to cut the fudge. If the knife is warm, it slices through even smoother.
Flavor Experiment: Feel free to play around with different extracts, like vanilla or almond, for a twist.
Topping Ideas: Besides peppermints, try sprinkling nuts, chocolate chips, or even a drizzle of caramel on top for extra fun.
- Vanilla Frosting: A good alternative for sweetened condensed milk.
- Dark Chocolate Chips: For a richer, deeper flavor.
- Chocolate Peppermint Fudge: Swap white chocolate for milk or dark chocolate.
- Nutty Peppermint Fudge: Mix in chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts for a crunchy texture.
- Chocolate Swirl Peppermint Fudge: Drizzle melted dark chocolate on top and use a toothpick to create swirls.
Room Temperature: If it’s not too warm, your fudge can hang out at room temp for a day or two in an air tight container.
Refrigerator: In an airtight container, your fudge will stay fresh and yummy for up to a week.
Freezer Friendliness: Freeze it for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy, just thaw it out.
Avoid Stickiness: To prevent fudge from getting sticky, wrap each piece in wax paper before storing.
Enjoy the irresistible combination of smooth chocolate and cool peppermint in this easy-to-make Peppermint Fudge.
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ cups crushed peppermints
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Combine white chocolate chips and condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between, until melted.
- Mix in half of the crushed peppermints and the extract. Pour into an 8x8 dish lined with foil or parchment.
- Sprinkle the rest of the peppermints on top. Chill in the fridge until set.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
The most important tip: Keep a close eye on the chocolate while microwaving to avoid overcooking.