Dessert/ Fall/Winter

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge

I just had to share this peppermint fudge recipe (with no chocolate) because it’s one of my family’s favorites. My husband and son always ask me to make it and even offer to help so how can I say no. It’s also one I typically take to family gatherings and everyone loves it.

It’s another not-so-healthy recipe that I end up making when the holiday’s roll around and unfortunately is not good for those of us staying away from dairy. But if you’re ok with the dairy and looking for a tasty fudge recipe that doesn’t contain the traditional chocolate this is a good one.

Scored Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge

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  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cup margarine (I use stick margarine)
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces vanilla chips (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup peppermint candy, finely crushed* (about 6 regular sized candy canes)
  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • red food coloring



Place a piece of foil in a 9x9 or 8x8 glass casserole dish so that it covers the bottom and extends up two sides.


Lightly grease foil and dish.


Combine sugar, milk, and margarine in a medium saucepan.


Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.


Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes over medium heat.


Remove from heat and add vanilla chips. Blend until smooth.


Add marshmallow creme and peppermint extract. Blend until smooth.


Add crushed peppermint candy (saving about a ½ tablespoon for the topping) and blend.


Pour into prepared dish.


Add several drops of the food coloring onto the fudge and swirl in to the top using the tip of a butter knife.


Cool for about 20 minutes or until set but still soft.


Score fudge into desired number of pieces.**


Sprinkle fudge with the crushed candy you set aside earlier.


Refrigerate until firm.


Remove fudge from dish by gently pulling up on the foil.


Remove foil and cut fudge along scored lines.


Store fudge in the refrigerator.


*Crushing peppermint candy canes: I've crushed my candy canes 2 different ways. 1) Place them inside a strong plastic back with zipper and crush with a rolling pin OR 2) Break candy canes up into smaller pieces and grind in a food processor.

**Scoring fudge: Sometimes I'm lazy and skip this step so feel free to consider it optional. However, if you want to score the fudge and don't have a scoring grid I've had good luck eyeballing it and using a thin metal knife to gently press the top of the fudge to make a shallow line.

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