Of course, if you don’t like candy canes or you don’t happen to have them at hand, you could always just make the recipe, omit the peppermint extract and sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the fudge. Or leave the toppings out completely – it’s completely up to you! I’ve tried several fudge recipes in the past and this was definitely one of the easiest! I don’t think I’ve ever made fudge so quickly, and without a big hassle.
I even had my kids help me out in the kitchen – we had so much fun and it took all of our willpower to not eat all of the fudge before it was chilled to perfection!
1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 cup peppermint candy canes, crushed
Line an 8×8″ baking pan with foil.
Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the marshmallows, chocolate chips, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Stir quickly for 1 minute or until marshmallows are completely melted. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and let cool for about a minute. Top with crushed candy canes, pressing in slightly. Place fudge in the fridge and let set for 2 hours or until firm.
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Quick Tip: Put the candy canes in a ziplock bag before smashing them, to save on a mess.
Thank you Happier Than A Pig In Mud for this great photo.