Easy Peppermint Fudge

There’s no better way to usher in the holidays than with this simple Peppermint Fudge. Featuring two layers of creamy, decadent fudge and packed with peppermint flavor, this is the perfect Christmas treat!

a white bowl filled with peppermint fudge squares sitting on a white tray

Tis the season for peppermint! With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can have this delicious and festive fudge ready for the holidays. I know fudge can seem challenging to make, but this recipe really is failproof. It’s made in the microwave and requires no candy thermometer. The hardest part is being patient enough for the fudge to set.

How to Make Peppermint Fudge

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: scroll down for full recipe with exact measurements

photo of ingredients for recipe in white bowls
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – using chocolate chips helps make this recipe a no fail! They easily melt when mixed with the sweetened condensed milk
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – this can’t be substituted, unless you want to make the traditional milk and sugar fudge
  • Pink Melting Chocolate – you can substitute this for white chocolate chips if you would prefer, or any other color of melting chocolate.
  • Vanilla & Peppermint Extracts – be cautious in adding in the peppermint, and avoid using regular mint extract, you don’t want your fudge to end up tasting like toothpaste

EQUIPMENT:

  • 8×8 Pan
  • Microwave Safe Mixing Bowls

INSTRUCTIONS:

Make the Chocolate Layer – Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. When the chocolate chips are almost melted, keep stirring them so they finish melting. You don’t want to overheat the mixture. Add in the vanilla and stir. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper. 

Make the Peppermint Layer – Combine the pink melting chocolate along with the sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir. Continue the process until chocolate is almost entirely melted, then keep stirring. Once melted, add in the peppermint extract and vanilla and mix again. Pour over chocolate layer. 

Add some garnish – Sprinkle crushed candy canes and mini chocolate chips on top

Let it set – Let the fudge set up for 3-6 hours at room temperature or 2-3 hours in the fridge.

Cut into squares – lift the fudge out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into small squares

fudge squares stacked on top of each other with a bite taken out of the very top piece

Tips

The semi-sweet chocolate layer will be pretty thick. This is totally normal. 

The pink layer is going to be fairly thin and runny but will set up as it sits. 

Feel free to swap out the pink candy melts for any other color or simply use white chocolate chips. 

You can add chopped candy can to the fudge mixture if you want. 

Print
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a white bowl filled with peppermint fudge squares sitting on a white tray

Easy Peppermint Fudge


Description

There’s no better way to usher in the holidays than with this simple Peppermint Fudge. Featuring two layers of creamy, decadent fudge and packed with peppermint flavor, this is the perfect Christmas treat!


Ingredients

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For the Chocolate Layer

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For the Peppermint Layer

  • 2 cups pink melting chocolate
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Toppings (optional)

  • crushed candy canes
  • mini chocolate chips
 

Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing the chocolate layer: Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. When the chocolate chips are almost melted, keep stirring them so they finish melting. Be careful not to overheat the mixture.
  2. Add in the vanilla and stir.
  3. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper. 
  4. Prepare the peppermint layer: Combine the pink melting chocolate and the sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir. Continue the process until chocolate is almost entirely melted, then keep stirring.
  5. Once melted, add in the peppermint extract and vanilla and mix again. Pour the peppermint layer over the chocolate layer. 
  6. Sprinkle crushed candy canes and mini chocolate chips on top. Let the fudge set up for 3-6 hours at room temperature or 2-3 hours in the fridge. 
 

Notes

  • The semi-sweet chocolate layer will be pretty thick. This is totally normal.
  • The pink layer is going to be fairly thin and runny but will set up as it sits.
  • Feel free to swap out the pink candy melts for any other color or simply use white chocolate chips.
  • You can add chopped candy can to the fudge mixture if you want.

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