Candy Cane Fudge

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posted: 12/01/14

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This Candy Cane Fudge is super easy, and a fun holiday treat!This Candy Cane Fudge is super easy, and a fun holiday treat!

Have you ever noticed that holiday stress, travel, family craziness, messing with kids’ sleep schedules, and cold and flu season all fall at the same time? It’s like the universe wants me to drink a few glasses of wine every day in November and December.

A nasty cold has hit my house, and it’s like the younger the kid the harder it hits. It lasted one day with Gavin, and with a little medicine, he was good to go. About three days with Quinn, and when she was on the juice, it was like she wasn’t sick at all. We are going on six days for little miss Piper. She is like my sad little baby with her tiny terrible cough, her runny nose and her gunky eyes.

This Candy Cane Fudge is super easy, and a fun holiday treat!

 And yet we dragged sad little sick baby to three Thanksgivings . . . Holiday stress, travel, and sad sick babies. It’s the trifecta of evil.

So this fudge won’t make sad little sick babies any less sick, but it will help their moms feel a little less stressed. This is a holiday treat that comes together fast fast fast. I made this in about 10 minutes before I was running out the door to a dentist appointment. No kidding.

This Candy Cane Fudge is super easy, and a fun holiday treat!In addition to being fast, this fudge is delicious! I used the Ande’s Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips to top this off. It gave the gorgeous look of crushed candy canes without the weird crunch. I’m pretty sure they are my new favorite baking item for Christmas.

One thing to note about this recipe is that you need to move fast. This type of fudge sets quickly, and because you are putting the red part in the middle of the fudge, thereby pouring in half at a time, you need to move fast. Make sure you have all your ingredients lined up and ready to go and your pan lined with aluminum foil before you start melting your white chocolate. Also, white chocolate can be really tricky to work with. I have some tips about it in my Mint Oreo Bark post.

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Candy Cane Fudge

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of white chocolate chips
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • red food coloring
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

Instructions

  • Line an 8 by 8 inch pan with aluminum foil, set next to your stove top.
  • Set out your peppermint and measuring spoon, your red food coloring, and your measured peppermint chips, and a butter knife next to the pan.
  • Over medium low heat, combine the white chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  • Working quickly, pour the peppermint extract into the fudge mix, pour half (roughly) of the fudge mix into the 8 by 8 inch pan. Add a few drops of red food coloring dispersed throughout the surface of the fudge. Gently swirl the food coloring in with a butter knife.
  • Add the rest of the fudge to the pan. Give it one or two more swirls, but not too much, you don't want pink fudge.
  • Quickly pour the baking chips over the top of the fudge.
  • Refrigerate overnight before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. sue|theviewfromgreatisland says

    This is so perfect, I’m a sucker for the pink and white swirls — and they just had a 2 for 1 special on candy canes at my grocery store, so I’m set to go!

  2. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says

    Seriously this is amazing!!!! I had to pin right away!

  3. Mir says

    This fudge is too gorgeous, Lisa! Sorry about all the sickness in your house, but it’s totally that time of year. The mint is good for sinus clearing!

  4. Liz says

    Hi Lisa,

    This is my first time here and I’m enjoying all your great recipes and ideas. Love the candy cane fudge idea! It sounds delicious and super easy to make. It’s a great Christmas treat idea. I’ll definitely try this one since I’m a big candy cane fan :-)

    Thanks,
    Liz

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you like it Liz!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Sick babies are the worst! I’m so glad it was acceptable to give Jordan medicine back then. On a happier note, this fudge ROCKS!

  6. Marilyn says

    I LOVE peppermint this time of year! This recipe is amazing and so we featured it at The Project Stash! We can’t wait to see what you share this week! :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Marilyn!!

  7. Dorothy says

    Just finished making 2 batches of this fudge. One batch is a Christmas gift for my younger brother who is peppermint obsessed, the other batch is going with all 25 cookies for friends and neighbors. Can’t wait to get feed back on hoe it is

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope everyone likes it Dorothy!

  8. Sequa says

    Hi Lisa,

    how much red food coloring and can you use just regular candy cane if you cant find the Andy’s crunch

    • Lisa Longley says

      The red food coloring is just a judgment call. I did about four drops per layer. And I definitely would not recommend using a regular candy cane. It’s going to give the fudge a crunch on top that for me would totally throw off the texture. Though I know plenty of bakers who are cool wit it.

  9. cathy says

    I can’t find Andes peppermint crunch chips anywhere. What could I substitute? I would love to make this for the holidays!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Cathy! Say it isn’t so!!! Okay, give it one more shot at Target. They are found in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips. But if you can’t find them, you could use the peppermint M&M’s. Someone asked if you could use cut up candy canes, and I know some bakers would say do it, but I feel like it will make the texture of the fudge funky.

  10. Holly says

    My fudge turned out gooey. Do you have any suggestions? Despite the stickiness, it tastes wonderful!

    • Lisa Longley says

      If the ingredients are off a little it will change things greatly. So if there wasn’t enough chocolate that would be a problem. Also, I typically don’t scrape down my sweetened condensed milk can, and that can make difference. Finally, LOTS of people have made the mistake of using evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk, and that can make a HUGE difference.

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