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Our Family's Favorite Peppermint Fudge Recipe

Enjoy the refreshing combination of peppermint and chocolate in this delicious fudge recipe. Santa requests this year after year and we never fail to deliver! Makes 3 lbs.

  • 1 ½ tsp butter
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 16 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 11.5 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • holiday-themed sprinkles or peppermint candy
  1. Gather all the ingredients together and measure out in advance. This will help with keeping things organized and moving along smoothly.

  2. Line a 13x9 inch pain with foil. Grease the foil with the 1 1/2 tsp of butter. Be sure to get every inch of the foil, but also be sure not to allow butter to clump in the foil.

  3. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the following: sugar, milk and 1 cup of butter. Bring this all to a rapid boil over medium heat, making sure to stir frequently.

  4. Once it has come to a rapid boil, cook without stirring for approximately two minutes. Watch carefully. After the two minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat (I move to a trivet placed on the kitchen counter away from the heat of the stove).

  5. Stir in the marshmallows until melted.

  6. Stir in all the chocolate (chips and chopped) until melted.

  7. Stir in the peppermint until well mixed and you don't see it sitting on top of the chocolate.

  8. Immediately spread the above mixture into the already greased pan and cool for one hour. This would be when you would add in the sprinkles or crushed candy canes / peppermint, if so desired.

  9. After the hour has passed, score the fudge into one inch squares. Refrigerate covered for at least three hours or until firm. Yes ~ sorry...there is more waiting to do. But remember ~ good things come to those who wait. If you did not choose to add sprinkles or crushed candy canes / peppermint, you could always take this opportunity to decorate each fudge square with icing.

  10. Take the fudge out of the fridge and place on counter.

  11. Once that step is complete, using the foil, lift the fudge out of the pan. Carefully remove the foil by peeling it down from the fudge. Once foil has been removed from the sides, take a knife and re-define those already cut lines one more time.

  12. Enjoy your festive creation one piece at a time!! This is a very rich recipe, so you're going to want to store what you don't eat. Store between layers of waxed paper in airtight containers.