Easy 5-Ingredient Peppermint Fudge
This Easy 5-Ingredient Peppermint Fudge features two layers of decadent fudge and is full of peppermint flavor. The perfect treat for Christmas!
*Photos updated December 2016*
When I was a kid, my dad would always make a batch of fudge every year around Christmas. You know, the fudge recipe on the back of the marshmallow creme jars? Yep, that was the one he made every single year. Now that I’m older, I like to make a batch of fudge every year around Christmas too. But I prefer to make my fudge as easy as possible.
Say hello to one of the easiest fudge recipes you will ever make. You only need 5 ingredients to make this layered fudge and you can prepare it in less than 30 minutes! Now that’s my kind of recipe!
Ingredients for This Recipe
For this white chocolate peppermint fudge recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips: I prefer using semi-sweet chocolate chips in this recipe because they nicely balance out the sweet white chocolate.
- White chocolate chips: Be careful when melting white chocolate as it has a tendency to seize up.
- Sweetened condensed milk: Not to be confused with evaporated milk! This helps to sweeten the fudge.
- Peppermint extract: Don’t add more than the recipe calls for, otherwise your Christmas fudge may wind up tasting like toothpaste.
- Candy canes: Crushed candy canes make the perfect topping for this fudge.
How to Make Peppermint Fudge
This sweetened condensed milk fudge is made my simply melting down the chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan. If you want to make this recipe even easier, you can use the microwave instead.
You’ll make the chocolate layer first and pop it into the refrigerator while you make the white chocolate layer. Once you make the white chocolate fudge, you’ll mix in a little peppermint extract and some crushed candy canes. Then, simply layer the white chocolate peppermint fudge on top of the chocolate layer and sprinkle some more crushed candy canes on top.
The hardest part of making this recipe is waiting for the fudge to chill. You’ll need to allow about two hours for the fudge to chill, which makes it a perfect treat to make ahead of time too!
How Long Does It Last?
Homemade fudge may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Can You Freeze It?
Yes! Leftover fudge may be frozen for up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
- I like to make two separate layers of fudge in this recipe because I think it looks a little prettier, but you can easily use all semi-sweet or white chocolate chips.
- If you’re not really a huge fan of peppermint, simply leave the peppermint extract and candy canes out and mix in some sprinkles instead.
- Chopped up chocolate bars may be substituted for the chocolate chips, if desired.
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- 1 and ½ cups (270 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 and ½ cups (270 grams) white chocolate chips
- 1 14-ounce can (396 grams) sweetened condensed milk , divided
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (adjust to taste)
- ½ cup (70 grams) crushed candy canes (about 5 candy canes)
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang for easy removal, and set aside.
- Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2/3 cup (198 grams) of sweetened condensed milk to a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring well until the mixture is completely smooth. Scoop the chocolate fudge into the prepared pan and spread around into an even layer. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill while you make the second layer.
- Add the white chocolate chips and remaining 2/3 cup (198 grams) of sweetened condensed milk to a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring well until the mixture is completely smooth. Add in the peppermint extract and half of the crushed candy canes to the white chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Remove the chocolate fudge from the refrigerator and scoop the white chocolate peppermint fudge on top and smooth it out. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy canes on top of the fudge.
- Transfer the baking pan back to the refrigerator and refrigerate for at least two hours, or until the fudge is set. Remove the fudge out of the pan by lifting the edges of the aluminum foil out of the pan, slice into pieces, and enjoy.
I must make this fudge this weekend…and see who can gobble it up faster..me or my son lol.
I LOVE this festive and yummy peppermint fudge!!! and only 5 ingredients?!!! totally trying this!! love!
Sounds great, Jul! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Could you use just the peppermint extract without the crushed candy for a smoother fudge?
Yes, that would work fine! Just adjust the peppermint extract to your personal preference.
Could I use baking chocolate instead of the bittersweet chocolate to reduce the sugar a tad?
I haven’t tried it, but I think that would be fine. I would use an equal amount of chocolate (270 grams of each) in place of the chocolate chips.
Great recipe but instead of using semi sweet chocolate chips I used Expresso morsels..it made the recipe even better..I have had people asking me to make them a whole pan of it
I made this recipe twice with 2 layers and turned out great. Made an all chocolate with nuts also great. Two days later I made the peppermint and Chocolate again great, two hours later I made and all chocolate and it never set up ? Today I trying to made the two layer peppermint and chocolate and the chocolate doesn’t with to set up?? Can’t figure out what the problem is now?
Did you do anything differently? Did you make sure to use sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk?
Super great fudge! I like it super minty and doubled the peppermint extract, it came out fantastic. I put the crushed candy canes on half, my husband liked it more without and I liked it more with. Definitely recommend adding it to only half of you’re unsure which you prefer, I think it’s great with and without. Making more of this fudge for sure!