This EASY Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Recipe is rich, creamy, and topped with crunchy crushed candy canes! If you love the combination of chocolate and peppermint, you're going to love this fudge! And it makes a great holiday gift for friends and family!
(1) 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup crushed candy canes
Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, allowing the excess paper to overhang the sides, set aside.
In a large, heatproof bowl combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, and butter; set aside.
Fill a saucepan with water (you want it about 1/4 full) and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to barely a simmer. Place your heatproof glass bowl holding your ingredients on top of the pot.
Stir frequently, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is completely smooth, about 8 minutes.
Remove from heat. The mixture will be very thick. Using a sturdy spatula, stir in the peppermint and vanilla extract. Then scrape the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Gently run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the fudge. Remove the fudge and transfer it to a cutting board.
Peel off parchment paper, then slice the fudge into small pieces. Serve at once or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. You may also freeze the fudge, in an airtight freezer safe container for up to two months.
Recipe by Baker by Nature at https://bakerbynature.com/easy-chocolate-peppermint-fudge/