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 could definitely handle the ‘easiest fudge recipe’ I’ll ever make…it looks incredible!
Thanks so much, Annie!
Such pretty fudge! I love that your dad makes it once a year. That’s pretty neat! My dad makes potato pancakes once a year, and I also don’t have the patience for that. Must be something about a stovetop…
Thanks, Mir! I definitely agree, standing over the stove top for too long can drive someone a little crazy 😉
Isn’t it funny what dad will cook? My dad made dinner pretty often growing up, but his “specialty” was meatloaf…we had it all the time! So needless to say it’s not my favorite meal anymore. This fudge looks absolutely gorgeous, Danielle! Your pictures are so beautiful. I made a peppermint fudge last week, but yours definitely takes the cake! I love the double layer too. Sounds delicious! Pinned!
I think all Dads must have some kind of specialty, meatloaf sounds like a good one too! Can’t wait to see your recipe, Gayle. Thanks for pinning!
This is seriously one gorgeous fudge, Danielle! Peppermint is totally my jam these days and throwing it into a decadent fudge just couldn’t be wrong! Stunning photos too, girly! Pinned. 🙂
Thanks so much Sarah! I’m definitely with you on the peppermint, it’s soooo good. Thanks for pinning!
It seems it’s the day for easy fudge recipes! 😉 Yours is so pretty – I love the contrast between the chocolate layer and the white chocolate peppermint layer. Pinning!
Easy fudge is the best, I loved your recipe too Kristine! Thanks for pinning 🙂
This fudge looks gorgeous Danielle! Can’t wait to try it! Pinned!
Fudge is something I was never very good at making. I love this peppermint variation! One thing I can never get enough of at Christmas!
This fudge looks so gloriously good! Love the peppermint flavour- so, so good! Bookmarking!
I could literally eat these off the computer screen! *YUM* Pinning!
I just giggled at the thought of my dad making fudge. I also love the fudge recipe on the back of the marshmallow fluff jar. But your Peppermint Fudge looks even better. Love the layered effect!
I can’t lie that recipe on the back of those jars is really good! Thanks so much Christin 🙂
Five ingredients?! This fudge is to die for.
I wish someone made me fudge like this. It just the kind of dessert I would love to have a bite of now.
That is so cute that your dad makes fudge! My dad can’t cook, at all. If he makes a box of mac and cheese my sister and I are shocked. Ha! I love this peppermint fudge recipe, and so easy too!
Sound about like my dad, minus his fudge obsession haha 😉
Peppermint AND fudge?? You are so speaking my language right now (: These look absolutely amazing. Pinned!
How perfect are these peppermint fudge bars for Christmas time! Not only do they look delicious but they are so cute and festive too – a recipe I need to make this month!
Who doesn’t like fudge for the holiday season. And this seems perfect to make, especially for hostess gifts. Great post
I always think of fudge as being something that is totally out of my comfort zone, as something I can’t do. But 5 ingredients….you make it seem so easy! Love the candy cane sprinkled on top. And mint is so settling. This would be a lovely dessert after the big Christmas meal, or just make a great teacher gift as well.
I love this recipe because it’s easy and always comes out perfect! Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura 🙂
I love that you dad makes fudge, that is so cute! I am a sucker for fudge and this peppermint chocolate one would be gone in no time at our house! It looks gorgeous!
Same here, Kelly! I had to stash it in the freezer in hopes it will make it to Christmas 🙂
The fudge looks so pretty and festive! I am always up for easy recipes! Pinned.
I absolutely love peppermint and chocolate together! Looks delicious!
This is such pretty fudge!! It’s a perfect holiday gift!! 🙂 Peppermint is one of my faves, especially this time of year!
Thanks, Jess! I love peppermint too, but especially around Christmas. It just makes everything better!
Thanks, Suzanne! Thanks for stopping by and entering 🙂
Thanks for stopping by ! I will definitely head over and check out your giveaway as well!
What a fun Christmas tradition! I love this! I could go for a whole plate of this right now!
I love homemade fudge! Your photos look fantastic 😀 I love how the fudge really stands out and those layers are very pretty.
Love this fudge Danielle! So perfect for Christmas 🙂
Hi Bonny! It seems to be working. Is it giving you a certain error message?
What a gorgeous fudge recipe! This would make the best gift ever…although I think I’d have a hard time giving it away. Beautiful photos!
I LOVE fudge!! I was always scared to make it and then a few years ago I made about ten batches and pretty much ate all of it! Peppermint sounds like the perfect accompaniment to fudge and I love the added white chocolate!
Thanks, Isadora! I can’t blame you, I love fudge too 😉
Thank you for the recipe! It looks wonderful! 🙂