Homemade food gifts like this Easy Holiday Fudge are a great way to show you care during the holidays.
Creating a gift from the kitchen is the perfect way to show your love. You can find more of my favorite candy and treat recipes here. Many of my favorite candy recipes have come from my Grandmother Zola like these soft caramels and my Aunt Dorothy who was an amazing cook. Her peanut brittle is the best.
We are fudge people. The Christmas holidays couldn’t happen at our house without at least one or two batches of fudge. My mom has made her rocky road fudge for decades and my mother in law is a big fudge maker too. Whenever we would visit their home at the holidays the first place my husband went was the refrigerator to find the fudge.
Our love for fudge runs deep in our family.
My mother in law usually made mint fudge which is what I am sharing with you today. You can use peppermint extract or mint extract, which ever you prefer. To give them even more minty goodness I used mint M & M’s on top to add some holiday color.
I used my basic easy fudge recipe and just put in peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract and you have instant Christmas. Peppermint and Christmas are the perfect combo. I am much more of a candy maker than a cookie maker at the holidays and our friends usually get a plate of candy instead of cookies. Fudge is always a prominent part of the holiday candy plate.
Another favorite holiday fudge is this white chocolate peppermint fudge – it’s so good!
How to Make Easy Holiday Fudge
- Always use a heavy pan, I actually have my mom’s old candy pan but if you don’t have a heavy pan, look for an old pressure cooker at Goodwill, they work great.
- Use quality ingredients such as real butter and good quality chocolate and don’t use a generic Marshmallow Fluff, trust me, it makes a difference.
- I found that making fudge on a damp, rainy day can cause your fudge to fail, so, if possible, choose a sunny, non rainy day for your fudge making.
- No candy thermometer required.
- Turn regular fudge into holiday fudge with either mint or peppermint extract.
Easy Holiday Fudge is the perfect way to create a gift from your kitchen for your friends and family without spending hours in the kitchen.
Holiday fudge is one of my favorite things to make at the holidays. It is always nostalgic to me and reminds me of both my mom and my mother in law. I love a recipe that has a face and a sweet memory attached to it. Not only do I get to enjoy delicious fudge but I get to enjoy that sweet memory every time I make it.
Other favorite holiday treat recipes:
White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels
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Holiday Fudge Recipe
Easy Holiday Fudge
- 3 1/2 cups Sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 12 oz. evaporated milk
- 1 jar Marshmallow Fluff
- 1 tsp mint or peppermint extract
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate chopped
- mint M & M's for garnish
- Line 9x13 glass pan with parchment or foil. Let the foil or paper go up the sides of the pan, so you can grab the paper to remove the fudge from the pan. & then spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a heavy saucepan, combine sugars, milk and butter. Bring to a low boil, just beginning to bubble and start timer for 5 minutes.
- Stir constantly for five minutes, allowing it to come to a full boil. Stir, stir, stir!
- Stir in Marshmallow fluff and extract until combined.
- Add in chocolate and stir until melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan.
- Shake or tap the pan to get the surface of the fudge smoother, avoid touching it with your hands.
- Allow to set up at room temperature.
- Using the paper or foil, lift fudge out of the pan. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
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