Top a layer of chocolate fudge with peppermint-flavored white chocolate fudge and add a sprinkling of crushed candy canes to make this easy Peppermint Bark Fudge for Christmas. It tastes just like the traditional holiday candy but is soft and creamy.
Peppermint Bark Fudge
Peppermint Bark with its layers of dark and white chocolate and a sprinkling of candy cane pieces is one of the most popular candies to make for Christmas because it’s easy and oh, so tasty!
Its cool crisp mint flavor is refreshing which makes it the perfect treat to enjoy after a savory holiday meal.
This Peppermint Bark Fudge recipe has all the flavors you love in this classic holiday candy and as an added bonus it’s soft and creamy with just a slight bit of candy cane crunch. The layer of silky dark chocolate fudge is topped with a layer of mint-flavored white chocolate fudge and a sprinkling of peppermint candy.
Oh, and it’s easy to make too.
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How to make Peppermint Bark Fudge
sweetened condensed milk
crushed candy canes or peppermint bits
What semi-sweet chocolate makes the best fudge?
- That will be totally dependent on your taste buds.
- You can use bars, blocks, wafers, callets, or chips of semi-sweet chocolate.
- There are hundreds of brands of chocolate available in stores and online and each one has a unique flavor profile based on the type and variety of cocoa beans that are used to make the chocolate.
- I personally love Peter’s Burgundy Semi-Sweet Chocolate, as this is the chocolate I use in all of my candy making, but it’s only available in 10-pound blocks or 50-pound cases. If you plan to make a lot of fudge or candy for Christmas, this might be a good investment, but if not there are so many other options.
- If you are looking for chocolate you can purchase in a grocery store, I recommend using Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chips or Bars, Hershey’s Special Dark Chips, or Dove Chocolates, but that is based on my personal preference for flavor.
- The important thing to remember when choosing chocolate for fudge making is that you love the flavor of the chocolate right out of the package.
In the video tutorial below I use Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.
What is sweetened condensed milk?
- Sweetened Condensed milk is cow’s milk that has been pasteurized and condensed (heated to a temperature that is high enough to remove most of the water) then sweetened with sugar.
- The sugar adds sweetness and it also helps to thicken the condensed milk and to prolong the shelf life.
- DO NOT use cans of Evaporated Milk for this fudge recipe.
- Evaporated milk is not sweetened with sugar and is not thick enough to use to make this particular fudge.
- Some fudge recipes do use evaporated milk, but not this one!
What white chocolate should I use?
You want to use white chocolate that you enjoy eating straight out of the bag just like with the dark chocolate but you also want one that will taste great with mint flavoring added to it.
You can use:
- pure white chocolate (made with cocoa butter)
- You can finely chop blocks or bars of pure white chocolate or use pure white chocolate chips like Callebaut White Chocolate Blocks, Lindt Classic White Chocolate Bar, or Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips just know that these have a very pronounced cocoa butter flavor which may overpower the mint flavoring.
- white confectionery coating (made with a vegetable oil like palm kernel oil)
For this peppermint bark, I would recommend using a confectionery coating only because they have a more mellow flavor than pure white chocolate so the mint flavor will really shine through. I used the Nestle Premier White Morsels when developing this recipe.
- White chocolate is a bit softer than white confectionery coating so you’ll need to adjust the recipe accordingly.
- If using white confectionery coating chips (no cocoa butter listed in the ingredients) use 8 ounces, if using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients) then use 10 ounces.
What is peppermint extract?
- Peppermint extract is made by soaking peppermint leaves in clear alcohol until the flavor of the liquid becomes intensely minty.
- It can be found in most grocery stores in the baking aisle or you can make homemade peppermint extract.
Can I use peppermint oil instead?
- Yes, definitely.
- If you use peppermint oil start by adding 1/4 teaspoon to the recipe then taste it. Add more if desired.
- I love using peppermint oil when making fudge and candy. It has a more intense flavor and no alcohol but it is harder to find. During the Christmas holiday season, many grocery stores do carry it. You can usually find it in the holiday baking aisle. You can also oftentimes find it in or near the pharmacy.
How to make Peppermint Bark Fudge
- Combine the semi-sweet chocolate with half of a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe mixing bowl.
- 1/2 of a can of sweetened condensed milk is 7 ounces or about 2/3 of a cup.
- Heat the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in the microwave at 70% power for 90 seconds then let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes allowing the heat to melt the chocolate slowly.
- Remove and stir slowly until all the chocolate melts.
- If any chunks of chocolate remain un-melted, let the bowl rest for a few more minutes then stir again.
- Only if needed, heat the chocolate again at 70% power for 10-15 seconds and repeat the process above.
- Spread into a thin layer in an 8-inch square pan that has been lined with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper.
- I love lining my pans with non-stick tin foil. You can lift the fudge up out of the pan using the foil. Then just peel off the foil and set the fudge on a cutting board to easily cut into squares.
- This is so much easier than cutting fudge in a pan and trying to remove the squares from the pan.
- Cover the pan and set the chocolate fudge aside while making the white chocolate layer.
- Combine the white chocolate with the remaining 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk.
- Be sure to scrape the can to get every bit out.
- Heat the white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk at 70% power for 90 seconds then let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes before stirring until melted.
- Stir in the peppermint extract just until the fudge is smooth.
- Pour over top of the chocolate fudge layer and spread into an even layer.
- Immediately sprinkle on the crushed candy canes or peppermint bits.
- Did you know you can now buy bags of crushed up candy canes?
- That’s what I used. It saves you from having to unwrap and smash the candies yourself.
- If needed, gently press down on the candy canes to ensure they are stuck into the white chocolate fudge layer.
- Cover the fudge and set it aside for 3-4 hours until it is firm enough to cut into 16 pieces.
- I don’t recommend refrigerating this fudge as the candy cane pieces tend to get quite sticky if refrigerated.
- You can store the fudge in an airtight container for up to a month.
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Peppermint Bark Fudge Video
Easy Microwave Peppermint Bark Fudge Recipe
This easy Peppermint Bark Fudge has a layer of silky chocolate fudge topped with a minty layer of white chocolate fudge and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes. It's the perfect Christmas fudge recipe.
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or chips (about 1 cup)
- 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk, DIVIDED
- 8 - 10 ounces white chocolate * (see note below)
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2-3 tablespoons peppermint candy cane pieces
Line an 8-inch pan with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Combine the semi-sweet chocolate with 2/3 cup of the sweetened condensed milk.
Heat in the microwave at 70% power for 90 seconds then let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Remove and stir slowly until all the chocolate melts.
If any chunks remain, let the bowl rest for a few more minutes then stir again.
If needed you can reheat at 70% power for 10-15 seconds and repeat the process above.
Pour into the prepared pan and spread into a thin layer.
Combine the white chocolate with the remaining sweetened condensed milk (scrape the can to get as much out as you can).
Heat at 70% power for 90 seconds then let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Stir until melted.
Pour in the peppermint extract and stir just to combine.
Spread into a thin layer over top of the chocolate fudge layer then immediately sprinkle on the crushed candy canes.
If needed, gently press down on the candy canes to ensure they are stuck into the white chocolate fudge layer.
Cover and set aside for 3-4 hours until the peppermint bark fudge is firm.
Remove fudge from pan and peel away the tin foil.
Cut into 36 squares.
- Store this peppermint bark fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.
- I don't recommend refrigerating this fudge as the candy canes will get sticky and wet.
If you love the flavor of peppermint bark be sure to check out these other recipes…
- Peppermint Bark Balloon Bowls
- Peppermint Bark Brownies
- Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
- Peppermint Bark Layered Dessert
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