Hey everyone! I hope you’re in a holiday mood because I made this peppermint fudge and it is perfect for you to add to your list of holiday sweets. Plus it’s something gluten-free so even more people can enjoy it!
[Warning: This post contains rambling so please feel free to skip to the recipe]
Okay, the guilt is killing me. I have to make some confessions:
Yesterday was just not my day. It was the type of day where you keep trying to accomplish something and falling flat on your face. These kind of days happen to me a lot. Am I the only one?
So I was trying out an idea that would have been awesome except for a few kinks in my plan that included oozing, sticking, and eventually just burning. Trust me, you don’t want to know. Just know that Plan A wasn’t happening.
Well, after plan A was clearly an epic failure I moved on to my plan B. Plan B was this super yummy peppermint fudge that you see here. Well this is the part where my confessions come in. You see, to you and everyone else who looks at this recipe this is going to be peppermint fudge (You can probably already taste that cool, minty sweetness) while in reality it is not actually….well it’s not peppermint.
I was happliy singing to Christmas music while hacking away at these candy canes like a crazy person and I had all of my ingredients ready to make some fudge. I decided to try a taste of how minty they were to get an idea how many I wanted to use and that’s when I discovered that they weren’t even mint! They are like strawberry or something!
I know, What?! Who does that? Candy canes are supposed to be minty people! Sorry, I’m not really shouting at you I’m mad at me. At first I was a little mad at my 11-year-old brother Brock too. He and Sophie have been eating these candy canes almost everyday and have never mentioned that they were fruity. I felt like yelling at him too until I came to my senses and realized that it isn’t his job to inform me on the flavors of all his foods nor do I want him to, so mostly I’m mad at myself. You’d think I would have tried them before I started a recipe with them but I just assumed (you know what they say about doing that) that everyone else on the planet was aware of the candy cane laws. Add to the list of things that could go wrong that my lighting war horrible and fading because of how late it was by the time I was ready to take pictures so my pictures are really bad.
Okay, thanks for letting that I got that out of my system.
This fudge is actually a really good recipe even if the pictures aren’t that awesome. I almost didn’t post this because, like I said, I feel guilty that it isn’t actually peppermint but then I thought about how many of my favorite food pictures probably aren’t even of real food. Did you know that food stylists use all kinds of stuff to make it look good (i.e. mashed potatoes instead of icecream). I always shoot my actual food but this one time I think I can trust you guys to keep my secret and pretend that you don’t know the behind the scenes story. Thanks.
If you’re wondering what strawberry vanilla chocolate fudge tastes like, well, it’s interesting. It definitely wasn’t bad, just unexpected, you might like it. I’m calling it summer fudge.
This is all beside the point because you came here to get the recipe for mint fudge and if you have real candy canes then you’re all set. Okay, now I am officially shutting up. Jeez, you guys just wanted some fudge and I’m like
talking typing you to death.
- 2 cups sugar
- 5oz(about 2/3 cup) evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 200g (1 heaping cup) chopped white chocolate or chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 5 or 6 candy canes, broken into small pieces
- 1/4 semi-sweet chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- Grease an 8x8 inch square pan and combine sugar, and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. When it starts to boil set timer for 5 minutes and continue stirring constantly.
- Turn off heat and stir in butter and white choclolate until very smooth. Add vanilla and peppermint extracts.
- Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with candy cane pieces. Smooth top with spatula.
- Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl and drizzle over fudge.
- Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour, then cut into squares