Peppermint is one of those classic holiday flavors. And fudge is a delicious treat to enjoy while you’re at home watching your favorite holiday classics or out and about looking at Christmas lights. This no bake peppermint fudge recipe is so easy even the kids can make it themselves! You’ve probably already got most (if not all) of these ingredients on hand so you’ll be able to whip this no bake peppermint fudge up in no time.
My kids love helping in the kitchen and are getting old enough now that they want to try to make things themselves. This is one of those recipes that I’m ok with letting them make on their own since it only requires using the microwave. They love being able to serve something they made themselves (this is one way I get them to try new things because if they made it, they’re more likely to try it than if I made something for them).
Start out by gathering the ingredients you’ll need to make this yummy no bake peppermint fudge:
1-12-ounce package of white chocolate chips
1 container of vanilla frosting
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1/2 cup of peppermint candy
Red food coloring
8×8 baking pan lined with parchment paper
Once you have everything together, read through the recipe to make sure you understand all of the steps. Then it’s time to get started baking!
Step 1: Add chips to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave in 20-25 second bursts until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. If you happen to overcook or burn your chocolate, dump it out and start over.
Step 2: Add the frosting to the melted chocolate. Stir until the mixture is creamy and smooth. This is a great part for the kids to help with. Let them mix and mix and mix. If it’s too hard to mix is all together at once, add the frosting to the chocolate in small batches and mix it in that way.
Step 3: Mix in the peppermint extract. Before adding it to the mix, let the kids smell it. You can talk about other things that smell similar too.
Step 4: Separate the mixture evenly into two bowls. Mix in red food coloring to one bowl. Because the mixture has a white base, the color will be more pink than red. Start with a small amount of red. You can always add more, but can’t take it back out. The number of drops will change each time depending on what shade red you want.
Step 5: Using a rolling pin or food processor, crush the peppermint candies. Have some aggression? Smash those peppermint with a wooden spoon or rolling pin. The food processor makes it easier, but sometimes you just need to crush them by hand.
Step 6: Add 1/4 cup of the crushed peppermint candy to each bowl. You can add more or less to taste. Or you could add it all to one of the bowls if you’d like. There’s no exact science to it – do what makes you happy!
Step 7: Spray pan with cooking spray and cover bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. You can measure your parchment paper by wrapping it around the outside of the pan first. That should help it better fit into the pan when you’re ready to put it in the pan and spray it.
Steps 8-9: Add first color to pan and spread evenly. Add next color and spread evenly over the first color. Want a more marbled look? Add some of the red to the pan then add dollops of white and use a knife or toothpick to marble the fudge.
Add candy to the top and press down gently after you’ve gotten the fudge all added to the pan.
Step 10: Cover baking pan with foil and place in refrigerator until fudge is firm. The waiting might be the hardest part! While you’re waiting for the fudge to harden, work on making some other holiday treats (here’s a list of other no bake goodies to try) or watch your favorite holiday show.
Step 11: Place fudge on cutting board and cut into 1-2” pieces and enjoy! You can use a smaller knife (a butter knife will work) or help if you need to use a larger knife. Store this no bake peppermint fudge in a covered container to enjoy later. If you’re giving it as a gift, you can wrap in waxed paper or put into mason jars with a gift tag.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy peppermint during the holidays?