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I love candy canes. I used to snitch candy canes off the Christmas tree, hoping that no one would notice, and looked forward to the day when eating the candy canes became an authorized part of post-Christmas clean up. I was so excited when I arrived in Hawaii to find my Papi Chulo had purchased two giant candy canes in addition to a whole box for the tree. Yahoo!
Then, three days later, I went out to buy even more candy canes because I decided to make this fudge. It’s quick, easy, and basically foolproof. There are no thermometers, precise temperatures, or exact times involved, but the result is amazingly delicious! This easy candy cane fudge recipe is sure to become a go-to recipe in your house, too!
I immediately knew the recipe was a success because I handed a piece to Papi Chulo when he returned home from work and, as soon as he’d tasted it, he asked “This is what we’re having for supper?” When I asked him if he thought it was worth blogging about, he responded with lots of loud “Mmmm”s while eating a second piece. I took that as a yes!
Unbelievably easy fudge recipe
As a quick clarification – this fudge takes about 15 minutes of your time, but it needs to cool for about 2 hours in the fridge before it’s ready to eat. Considering old-fashioned fudge takes far long than that, a thermometer, and precise temperatures just to accomplish the cooking part, I think this fudge is pretty darn easy! The most difficult part is
not eating it all at once waiting for it to cool.
When you’re selecting chocolate chips, make sure to go for a higher-quality product because the chocolate’s quality will dictate how your fudge tastes and feels. I love Hershey’s Special Dark, and Ghirardelli works wonderfully. This recipe is not the place to skimp on ingredients and buy the cheap brand!
For a slightly less sweet fudge, use two cups (12 ounces) of semisweet chocolate and one cup (6 ounces) of bittersweet chocolate. In case that seems confusing – I’m talking about the product’s weight in dry ounces and it’s volume in a measuring up. Obviously a cup hast 8 liquid ounces, not 6!
You can use regular candy canes or mini candy canes for this – the choice is yours. The mini candy canes are more annoying to unwrap, but easier to break into small pieces.
To break them up, either place all the candy canes in a zip top freezer bag and crush them with a heavy skillet or a mallet, or use a mortar and pestle. Both methods are tried and true!
- 18 ounces (about 3 cups) of semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon of table salt
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup of crushed candy cane bits
To keep the fudge tasty for later, make sure it’s in an airtight container and refrigerated. If you leave it exposed to the air, especially in the fridge, it will quickly become dehydrated and grainy instead of thick and creamy. Plus, the candy canes get humid and start to sort of melt. If you’re really intent on keeping it for more than a few days, you might want to individually wrap each piece in cling wrap. This batch became somewhat dry, though still tasty, in about five days. I don’t anticipate you having any trouble with the fudge going bad, though. It’s simply too tasty for that!
This fudge makes a wonderful holiday dessert, and it would be perfect for a holiday party or homemade edible gift idea. Can you imagine how happy your coworkers would be with a plate of homemade fudge?
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Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.