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Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

This Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is rich and chocolaty with a smooth, creamy texture! It absolutely melts in your mouth! A little burst of Andes peppermint brings the holiday cheer!

An easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! Perfect for gifting or keeping! Rich, chocolatey and smooth!

Here we are! Day 12 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! I thought we should end on a chocolate note. And there is no better chocolate note than dark chocolate fudge.

Fudge.

For one thing, fudge is awesome.

An easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! Perfect for gifting or keeping! Rich, chocolatey and smooth!

I started a little tradition in college where every December I would make three types of fudge for my friends and favorite teachers, specifically: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and a wild card.

Unbeknownst to me, my Dad also made fudge for his friends at Christmastime in college. In spite of that, this is not his recipe – I started making his recipe for old-fashioned fudge two nights ago at 11 PM not realizing that it takes HOURS. In reality, hours.

And around 3 AM in particular, there was an incident: an irreparable incident. I’m not going to get into it. It’s too painful.

An easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! Perfect for gifting or keeping! Rich, chocolatey and smooth!

So today I bring you My Fudge. In the long run, I use the tried and true Carnation recipe. It’s easy, silky smooth and fabulously chocolaty! It tastes almost identical to old fashioned fudge except in this case it doesn’t require a candy thermometer or that hours of your life be spent watching a pot that takes forever to come to temperature.

An easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! Perfect for gifting or keeping! Rich, chocolatey and smooth!

For a bit of Christmas cheer I sprinkled on chopped Andes Peppermint candies. I’m not a fan of crushed peppermints on top of my baked goods, so these Andes pieces were perfect. They add the delicious peppermint flavor without detracting from the silky smooth texture of the fudge.

They also cut a bit of the sweetness of the fudge. Not that I have every turned down a piece of fudge because it’s too sweet…

An easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! Perfect for gifting or keeping! Rich, chocolatey and smooth!
An easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe! Perfect for gifting or keeping! Rich, chocolatey and smooth!

This recipe is unbelievably easy and it takes under 20 minutes to get it chilling in the fridge!

You will love this smooth, chocolate peppermint fudge!

My Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is for the twelfth day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! You won’t want to miss the Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar CookiesFestive Almond Crinkle CookiesNo Bake Gingersnap Brandy BallsChocolate Pecan TassiesMolasses Sugar CookiesOld Fashioned GingersnapsPeanut Butter BlossomsOld Fashioned Oat Lace CookiesRaspberry Linzer CookiesHoliday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!

Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
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Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge


  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Piece of Fudge 1x

Description

This Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is rich and chocolaty with a smooth, creamy texture! It absolutely melts in your mouth! A little burst of Andes peppermint brings the holiday cheer!


Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped fine (even chocolate chips)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup Andes peppermint candies (if you can’t find the white chocolate peppermint, the traditional crème de menthe ones would also be delicious!)

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch square baking dish with foil. Try not to have too many wrinkles because it will be impressed in your fudge.
  2. In a large, heavy gauge saucepan, add the sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil, then continue cooking (still stirring) for 5 minutes.
  3. Immediately add marshmallows and chocolate. Stir vigorously until the marshmallows and chocolate have melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour fudge into your prepared pan and sprinkle the peppermint candies on top, pressing down slightly to meld them with the fudge.
  5. Chill for 2 hours or until firm. Pick up the foil and fudge from the baking pan, remove the foil from around the fudge and cut into squares on a cutting board with a large sharp knife.

Notes

The original recipe makes 48 small squares of fudge. I cut mine a lot large than that for the photos. If you want yours the same size as mine, then cut it into 16 squares.

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

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