Made with a sweet and creamy combination of cream cheese icing and vanilla chips combined with crushed candy cane pieces, this festive peppermint fudge recipe is quick, easy, and the perfect minty holiday treat.
When we got married, my husband thought the only place you could get fudge was in a candy kitchen in the Smoky Mountains. He had no idea that the best fudge came from your own kitchen! Everyone in my family dearly loves fudge. However, I usually make it only during the holidays, with the rare treat for a birthday or other occasion when someone specially requests it. The main reason for this is that the fudge I love is a good bit of work.
However, the basic recipe for this candy cane fudge is a game changer and it is adaptable to countless variations. I’m bringing you just one variation today, more to come in the coming weeks!
This peppermint fudge tastes like my old-fashioned recipe but:
- It’s simpler to make.
- There’s no need for a candy thermometer.
- It requires no stovetop cooking so is so much quicker and easier to make.
- It can be made at about half the cost.
I know when you see the recipe you won’t believe that this tastes like old-fashioned fudge. Because yes, it’s made with just 4 interesting ingredients (and not one of them is sweetened condensed milk): cream cheese frosting, vanilla chips, peppermint oil, and crushed candy cane pieces. All you need to do is melt the chocolate and icing and combine all ingredients together.
That’s all there is to it! Let it cool and then take a bite of this sweet fudge that’s got just the right amount of peppermint flavor. It truly has the same texture and consistency of regular fudge that you’d have no idea it was made with frosting! I bet you’re intrigued now, right? Let’s go make some easy peppermint fudge!
- Store-bought cream cheese icing
- Vanilla chips
- Peppermint oil
- Crushed candy canes
How to Make Peppermint Fudge
In a microwave-safe bowl, place vanilla chips.
Microwave at one-minute increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
Open the icing container and remove the foil lid.
Place it in the microwave for about one minute, then stir it into the melted morsels until well blended.
Stir in peppermint oil, if desired, and then add crushed candy canes.
Pour the fudge mixture into greased 8×8 baking dish and cover it with plastic wrap.
Then allow your candy cane fudge to cool completely before cutting it into small squares.
- When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, homemade fudge lasts for up to 1 week.
- However, you can also freeze fudge for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.
- You can use Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker or even Aldi’s brand of cream cheese frosting. I’ve used them all.
- Instead of candy cane pieces, you can use crushed peppermint candy pieces.
- I recommend cooling your fudge for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
- If you can’t get your hands on peppermint oil, peppermint extract also works. You’ll want to use about a teaspoon, as it’s not as concentrated as peppermint oil.
Can I use a different kind of chocolate in my peppermint fudge?
Absolutely! You can use vanilla chips or white chocolate chips. Or you can make chocolate peppermint fudge with semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips. Another option is to use chocolate chunks or a coarsely chopped baking chocolate bar.
Can I make peppermint fudge ahead of time?
Absolutely! This peppermint fudge recipe is a great holiday treat to make in advance, as it lasts up to 1 week in the fridge. So feel free to make it a few days in advance and store it in the fridge until it’s time to serve it.
Here are more fantastic fudge recipes:
Recipe For Easy Chocolate Fudge
Homemade Fudge With Variations
- 1 16-ounce can store-bought cream cheese icing
- 12 ounces vanilla morsels or white chocolate chips
- 2-3 drops peppermint oil (optional)
- 3-4 crushed candy canes
- In a microwave-safe bowl, place vanilla chips. Microwave at one-minute increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.12 ounces vanilla morsels or white chocolate chips
- Open the icing container and remove the foil lid. Place it in the microwave for about one minute, then stir it into the melted morsels until well blended.1 16-ounce can store-bought cream cheese icing
- Stir in peppermint oil, if desired, and then add crushed candy canes.2-3 drops peppermint oil (optional), 3-4 crushed candy canes
- Pour the fudge mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish and cover it with plastic wrap. Then allow it to cool completely before cutting.
“God didn’t bring ya this far to drop ya off now!”
~Bea Ezell, Submitted by Cindy Roadman.
I made peanut butter fudge using this recipe with peanut butter chips and Sugar Free cake icing. It was a hit with my family. One of my adopted dad’s loved it could believe what it was made from. As Uncle Ronald would say this recipe is a keeper. Thanks Christy you are such a blessing!
I am so glad to hear it was a hit!!!!
How far in advance can I make this fudge.
At least two weeks. Just keep it in an airtight container.
Can homemade cream cheese frosting be used instead of store bought in the fuss free peppermint fudge?
I have never made it that way, but I am sure it would probably work.
Is peppermint oil the same as peppermint extract in this recipe? Wondering if I can substitute peppermint extract?
Was wondering your thoughts on using a can of sugar free icing along with a bag of sugar free chocolate chips? Looking for a way to eat fudge without all the sugar!
I am not sure, but I think you might be on to something here. It would definitely be worth trying to see if it turns out correctly or not!!!
Me again, bought the ingredients, and tonight while making dinner (oven time) I decided to get this made, 10 minutes tops from start to refrigerator used the cream cheese and chocolate chocolate chips, peppermint extract and candy canes. When dinner was done and eaten this was ready in the refrigerator for desert, Well add my vote it is GREAT. best thing reading the other comments is that this is a Christy recipe you can play with, Nuts? Raisins? Last note, most fudge has (to me) a grainy texture – this DID NOT totally smooth,
I am so glad you liked it Blanche!!
Bought the ingredients for this today going to do semisweet chocolate chips and peppermint . ….OH YUM