This Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge is ridiculously easy to make and tastes oh so good! Make it as a yummy festive treat for the family, or as an edible gift to give to someone for Christmas.
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Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge
Fudge is a type of sugar candy that is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency. In texture, this crystalline candy falls in between fondants and hard caramels. Fruits, nuts, chocolate, caramel, candies, sweets and other flavors are sometimes added either inside or on top. – Wiki
You may have read the above description of fudge and thought it sounds way too much hassle to bother… Having to worry about the right consistency and temperature – nobody got time for that!
However, thanks to a marvelous product – condensed milk – fudge is super easy to make, in literally just a few minutes! The hardest part is waiting for the fudge to cool down and set up so that you can devour it!
Ingredients used in this recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe.
I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.
Since this is candy cane chocolate fudge, the top is sprinkled with crushed candy canes which adds a crunch to the creamy soft fudge.
You can enhance the mint flavor if you like by using mint extract instead of vanilla – the choice is yours.
- Chocolate Chips – use the kind of chocolate you prefer: milk, dark, white, bittersweet, or semisweet.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Vanilla Extract or
- Peppermint Extract
- Candy Canes – to crush them up, place in a food-safe bag and smash with a rolling pin or mallet. The crushed pieces don’t have to be uniform in size
Equipment used in this recipe
You are likely to have most standard cooking tools in your kitchen but I’ve added some links for your convenience should you need something more specialised for this recipe.
How long does homemade fudge last?
Fudge can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for about 2 weeks, or in the fridge for up to a month.
Can you freeze homemade fudge?
You can also freeze fudge if you need to make it well in advance. Double wrap the fudge in plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil, then place in a freezer-safe, food bag and press out all the air. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.
It is better to freeze the whole block of fudge and cut it into pieces once thawed.
To defrost, place the wrapped fudge in the fridge for a few hours, then remove the wrappings and allow to come to room temperature before cutting and serving.
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More Recipes Using Mint
Since this recipe has a minty flavor I thought I’d share some more festive recipes that use mint that you might like to try next:
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- 14 oz/397g can condensed milk
- 14 oz/397g chocolate chips - use the kind of chocolate you prefer: milk, dark, white, bittersweet, or semisweet.
- 1 tsp peppermint extract or 1 tsp vanilla extract*
- 4-6 candy canes, crushed
- Line an 8"×8" square pan with parchment paper on all sides leaving an overhang to lift the fudge out when set.
- Place the condensed milk and chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for one minute.
- Stir well to combine. If the chocolate chips aren't melted completely, microwave in 15-second increments stirring in between until the mixture is smooth.
- Stir in the vanilla or peppermint extract, then quickly pour the mixture into the lined pan and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle over the crushed candy canes - use as much or as little as you like.
- Leave the fudge to cool at room temperature. Or if you are impatient, put it in the fridge to speed up the process!
- When the fudge has cooled and set, lift it out from the pan using the parchment paper, then cut into squares and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature (for up to 2 weeks) or in the fridge (for up to a month).
*If you want a more minty fudge use peppermint extract. If not, use vanilla - your choice!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 36mg Carbohydrates: 35g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 30g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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