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This beautiful layered chocolate Peppermint Fudge is perfect for the holidays!  With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, you’ll have this Christmas candy done in a hurry!

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Layered peppermint fudge in a small white bowl with Christmas lights in the background.

​Why I Love this Fudge

  • No candy thermometer or double boiler needed!
  • Just 5 simple ingredients needed!
  • It’s one of the easiest fudge recipes I’ve made!
  • Looks great on Christmas cookie trays with the layered look!
  • The crushed candy canes add lovely texture to the smooth fudge!
  • Make in a square pan or easily double it and place in a 9×13-inch pan!
  • Ohhhh sooooo good!!!!  Chocolate and peppermint are such a festive, delicious flavor combo for the holiday season!
Ingredients needed to make Chocolate Peppermint Fudge - Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, mint extract, peppermint candies, sweetened condensed milk.

​Ingredients Needed

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – I recommend using the full-fat sweetened condensed milk for the proper texture.  (Don’t mix this up with evaporated milk – they have totally different textures!)
  • Chocolate Chips – I like to use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, but milk chocolate chips will work too (I just find them to be a bit too sweet for my liking). 
  • White Chocolate Chips – You can opt to use finely chopped vanilla almond bark. 
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes – I place the candy canes or round peppermint candies into a resealable bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.  You could also use a food processor and pulse until they’re in small pieces.
  • Peppermint Extract – This is totally optional.  I think the candy canes bring enough peppermint flavor, but if you want it even more strong, you can add a little bit of mint extract.
A hand holding a square of peppermint fudge.

​How to Make Microwave Peppermint Fudge

I like to start by lining the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil for super easy cleanup.

​Next, you’ll divide the sweetened condensed milk between two microwave safe bowls.  If you have a kitchen scale, you’ll add about 7 ounces to each bowl.  (If you don’t have a scale, measure about 2/3 cup of the sweetened condensed milk into each bowl).

Chocolate fudge being mixed up.

In one of the bowls, you’ll add the chocolate chips; in the other you’ll add the white chocolate.

Start by melting the bowl with chocolate chips.  I like to melt them in the microwave on medium heat.  Heat in short intervals, stirring between each so you don’t burn the chocolate.  

Chocolate fudge in a square baking dish.

Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan.  If it’s too thick to pour, press into a smooth layer with another piece of parchment paper or wax paper.

​Now it’s time for the white chocolate layer.  Melt until smooth then you’ll stir in the crushed candies and the extract if you want to.  

Peppermint fudge in the making.

Pour over the chocolate layer and spread until it’s an even layer on top.  

Press some additional candy pieces and/or colorful sprinkles into the top of the fudge. 

And now for the most difficult part….the WAIT.  Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours or until completely cool.  

Cut peppermint fudge on a dark wooden board.

Once cool, you can easily remove the fudge from the pan and cut into small squares to enjoy!!


How should I store peppermint fudge?  

Store the fudge in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge. Though Christmas candy looks beautiful in a fun and festive tin or box, the fudge will stay fresh much longer if it’s in a good airtight container.

Can I freeze fudge?

You sure can.  Freeze in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months.

Can I use all regular chocolate or all white chocolate?

Yes!!  I love the look of the two layers, but it’s not absolutely necessary.  

Can I easily double the recipe?

Absolutely!!  You can make two separate square pans OR put both batches in the same 9×13-inch pan.

Peppermint fudge on a wooden tray with Christmas lights on in the background.

​Christmas Candies We Love

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – Layered microwave fudge with Reeses cups!

Oreo Fudge – Another easy fudge recipe you’ll love!

Peanut Butter Dipped Oreos – Easy “recipe”…if you can even call it that!  

Cookie Dough Truffles – A family favorite!

Peanut Butter Balls – A classic for this time of year!!

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge stacked up on a wooden board with Christmas lights in the background.

Peppermint Fudge

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
36 squares
This beautiful layered chocolate Peppermint Fudge is perfect for the holidays!  With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, you'll have this Christmas candy done in a hurry!


  • One square baking dish


  • One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips or finely chopped almond bark
  • 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies plus additional for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract optional


  • Set out two microwave-safe bowls and evenly divide the sweetened condensed milk between the two bowls (about ⅔ cup each).
  • To one of the bowls of sweetened condensed milk, add the chocolate chips; stir. Microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds; stir. If not completely melted, heat in 15 second intervals until smooth.
  • Pour chocolate mixture into the prepared pan, spread to an even layer and set aside. (If it's really thick, you can use another piece of parchment paper or waxed paper to press it into the pan).
  • Add white chocolate chips to the other bowl; stir. Microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds; stir. If not completely melted, heat in 15 second intervals until smooth.
  • Stir in the peppermint candy pieces and the peppermint extract (if using).
  • Pour the peppermint mixture over the chocolate layer.
  • Sprinkle additional peppermint candy pieces on top, pressing them in gently.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set; cut into squares and enjoy.


Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.4g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14.4g | Vitamin A: 31.3IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.3mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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