Peppermint bark fudge — An easy no-bake fudge that can be made with condensed milk and without a candy thermometer. An easy, few-ingredient recipe that makes a great edible Christmas gift.
Is it just me or is this month going by way, way too fast? Like, 1 million mph fast?
I have been absolutely buried beneath all of the holiday recipes that I’ve been testing and photographing and can’t believe that I have less than two weeks to share them with you. I also just realized that this means less than two weeks to finish Christmas shopping… ugh suddenly I feel dizzy.
Unfortunately, nobody really seems to care about Gingerbread Men, Christmas tree sugar cookies, or even Peppermint Bark Fudge once the clock strikes midnight after Christmas, so I’m in a mad-dash to get everything out now! With all of the holiday baking + making videos for my Facebook page (you can see that video just before the recipe in this post!) and my brand new YouTube channel, there has not been a lot of sleep happening around here, so please pardon any typos today!
Alright, enough about my lack of sleep and lack of Christmas shopping, let’s get into the fudge.
This peppermint bark fudge is possibly the simplest fudge you could make this season. With just 4 key ingredients (OK, 6 if you count the extracts) — white chocolate, dark chocolate, condensed milk and candy canes, there’s no candy thermometer needed and it takes just 15 minutes to prepare.
I chose to make this fudge on the stove top, but it could also be made in the microwave (just microwave condensed milk & chocolate at 30 second intervals, stirring well in-between until chocolate is fully melted, then stir in your crushed peppermint/extracts as indicated).
During this time of year when oven space is such a hot commodity, it’s nice to have a dessert that doesn’t require any preheating.
Easy, fun, and festive. ✔
The best news is that if you’re behind on your Christmas shopping, this peppermint bark fudge makes a great edible and easy-to-make Christmas gift!
Peppermint Bark Fudge
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (396g)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (175g)
- 1 cup premium white chocolate chips (175g)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract optional
- ⅓ cup crushed candy canes divided. About 5 regular-sized candy canes, crushed (75g)
- Line an 8x8 square pan with aluminum foil and lightly butter the sides and bottom of the foil. Set aside.
- Divide condensed milk equally into two separate small/medium saucepans (just over ½ cup in each pan).
- Add dark chocolate chips to one pan and white chocolate chips to the other.
- Melt chocolate chips over medium heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
- Once chocolate has melted, remove dark chocolate mixture from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Immediately spread evenly into prepared pan.
- Once white chocolate has melted, remove from heat and stir in mint extract, if using. Stir in ¼ cup (50g) crushed peppermint pieces and immediately spread evenly over chocolate layer.
- Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed peppermint pieces.
- Allow fudge to harden completely before slicing and serving (about 4-6 hours at room temperature, or about 1-2 hours in refrigerator).
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
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I originally published this recipe for Peppermint Bark Fudge on 11/21/2016. Text updated 12/13/2017
Could you use white bark instead of white chocolate chips?
I haven’t tried it, but I think it could work. 🙂
Sounds very delicious, especially since my favorite candy during the Christmas Season is Peppermint bark. I can’t wait to try it. Only problem is, I really don’t like the taste of dark chocolate. Could I use semi-sweet instead or do you have a suggestion of another chocolate??
Hi Edwina! You could absolutely use semisweet or even milk chocolate here instead if you prefer the flavor. Enjoy! 🙂