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Candy Cane Fudge

Sweet vanilla peppermint fudge packed with crushed candy canes! This Candy Cane Fudge NEEDS to be included on your holiday dessert plate this year!

Love adding candy canes to desserts? Try our candy cane oreo cookie bars. Chocolate cookies topped with crushed peppermint candy. Or give our easy candy cane cake recipe a try soon.

Candy Cane Fudge: a sweet fudge packed with crushed peppermint candy canes. Fun and festive for Christmas gift giving! #christmascandy #fudge

Why this Recipe is Best

Fudge can be enjoyed any time of year. But it’s finally time to share some holiday sweets.

If you’ve been waiting for the Christmas season to create a new candy recipe for your family and friends, I’ve got you covered.

This Candy Cane Fudge recipe is not only minty and delicious, it’s gorgeous too! Create a unique gift for family and friends this year by making some fudge platters.

  • No Candy thermometer needed.
  • Perfect as a holiday gift.
  • Make any time of year and use crushed starlight mints.

How to Make Peppermint Fudge

The nice thing about fudge is you can create it well ahead of time. Most of my recipes can be made about 2 weeks in advance and kept in the refrigerator (or room temperature) until ready to serve and enjoy. 

Today’s recipe however, is best served sooner. The only reason I say that is because the candy on top will become sticky, not crunchy. BUT, if you need to make it in advance, don’t sprinkle extra candy on the top, mix it all into the fudge completely.

Then, if you REALLY want to garnish it, melt some vanilla candiquik (almond bark, or Ghirardelli vanilla wafers) right before plating your candy. Drizzle it over the individual pieces of fudge and sprinkle some extra crushed candy canes on top. It will take about 10 minutes to set up, and looks gorgeous!

Knowing How to Make Fudge is a simple trick that will make you the hit of every party! Making fudge is easier than you think and it is so easy to personalize with your favorite ingredients and flavor combinations.

Candy Cane Fudge: a sweet fudge packed with crushed peppermint candy canes. Fun and festive for Christmas gift giving!

There are so many delicious peppermint fudge recipes, some of which you’ll find that use vanilla chips, sweetened condensed milk, food coloring, and peppermint extract.

While it’s an easy recipe, this creates an extremely soft fudge. Personally, I prefer the taste and texture of today’s recipe. It may take a little extra time, but I promise it will be worth it!

More Holiday Treats

Divinity Candy recipe is a Southern classic. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked on this chewy, soft vanilla treat packed with crunchy pecans!

Eggnog Fudge is a better choice for your family cookie exchange. You’ll stand out because it’s awesome, and it’s NOT a cookie!

Candy Cane Fudge: a sweet fudge packed with crushed peppermint candy canes. Fun and festive for Christmas gift giving!

Creamy, melt in your mouth Butterscotch Fudge is an easy recipe to make any time of year! This fudge requires NO candy thermometer!

Now that you have some ideas, I think today’s peppermint fudge would make a great gift for teachers too! You can put some pieces of fudge in a LARGE Mason Jar. Add a lid and some ribbon. Don’t forget a cute tag and voila…gift complete! I’m all about edible gifts in mason jars!!

This Peppermint Pretzel candy is the perfect addition to those candy platters and mason jars. Easy enough for the kids to help make too!

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Yield: 64 servings

Candy Cane Fudge

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Sweet vanilla peppermint fudge packed with crushed candy canes! This Candy Cane Fudge NEEDS to be included on your holiday dessert plate this year!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peppermint candy canes, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cream, butter, and salt. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  2. Continue boiling for 5 minutes, while stirring. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add marshmallow cream, white chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour hot butter mixture over, and turn mixer on low. Blend for 1-2 minutes, until white chocolate morsels have melted, and mixture is smooth.
  5. Fold in chopped candy (reserve about 1 Tbsp of candy to sprinkle over top).
  6. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish, lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with remaining candy.
  7. Allow to set, about 4 hours at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
  8. Cut into pieces and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

64

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Sweet vanilla peppermint fudge packed with crushed candy canes! This Candy Cane Fudge NEEDS to be included on your holiday dessert plate this year!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 11, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I love that this is so easy to make but looks adorable for the holidays! A must for any cookie / sweets plate that goes out this holiday! 

  2. This is seriously the cutest!! Fudge would never last 2 weeks in our house… We’re a family of sweet teeth, and holiday treats are the best! 🙂 Pinned!

  3. This looks so good. Thanks for having a Fudge that isn’t Chocolate or Peanut Butter, for (us) weird people who don’t like it or are allergic like me.
    P.S. You make the most gorgeous cakes!

    1. You’re incredibly sweet 🙂 If you click on the candy tab at the top of my page you’ll see all sorts of fun fudge recipes!! ENJOY 🙂

  4. I love fudge especially around the holidays! Peanut Butter FTW, however, I might have to add another one to the repertoire! They look so yummy!

  5. We are making all our chrismtas gifts this year, and fudge is one of them. So far we have vanilla and chocolate, but this is such a good idea!

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