Peppermint Fudge - The Southern Lady Cooks


This peppermint fudge is a wonderful Christmas addition. Not only is it festive for the holiday season it is also beautiful on the dessert table. If you like peppermint you will love this delicious fudge. It’s easy  to make, only a few ingredients and is a wonderful gift too. We love to make gift bags for our neighbors each year, so we make a batch of this and each gift bag gets a few pieces. It’s always nice have a variety of sweet treats during the Christmas season.

Peppermint fudge simple ingredients:

White chips (I used Nestles Toll House Premier White Morsels)

Sweetened condensed milk

Finely crushed peppermint candy canes

Peppermint extract

Red food coloring (Optional)

As you can see this fudge is only 5 simple ingredients and super easy to make. If you enjoy giving sweet treats for the Christmas season you will definitely want to check out this wonderful list of Homemade Treats! So many great candies that your friends and family will love.

“My daughter and I made this candy for Christmas and it was wonderful. So nice and creamy and pepperminty. I will definitely keep this recipe.” – Karen

“I made this fudge and we all loved it. We enjoyed it with coffee on Christmas morning! Such a great treat. This will become a tradition for our family. Thank you so much for sharing.” – Jamie 

Peppermint Fudge - The Southern Lady Cooks


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Peppermint Fudge

Judy Yeager
Only 5 ingredients
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course candy
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 1/2 cups white chips I used Nestles Toll House Premier White Morsels
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Couple drops red food coloring Optional


  • Line an 8 inch square dish with aluminum foil. Grease the foil with butter or margarine. Combine the chips and milk in a saucepan and melt on the stove on medium heat stirring often to keep from burning. Once melted remove from heat and stir in crushed candy canes and extract.
  • Pour into 8 x 8 dish.  If using the food coloring you can add along with the candy canes but I found it makes the fudge pink. I dipped a toothpick in the food coloring and kind of swirled it into the candy once it was in the dish. Put in refrigerator for about 1 1/2 hours or until fudge sets up and you can cut it with a knife.  Makes about 24 pieces.


I used 18 of the ones that are about 6 inches long. I don't like chunks of the peppermint in my fudge. I crushed mine in my coffee grinder. You can also put in plastic bag and crush with rolling pin.
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  1. I made this fudge and we all loved it!! So easy and delicious with coffee or hot chocolate. Thank you for sharing such easy but delicious recipes.5 stars

  2. The Southern Lady says:

    As you can see from the comments Angie, it’s worked for other people and we make it every year. Never had an issue. Not every recipe works for everyone.

  3. I don’t know why I ever made fudge any other way. So smooth! I put green food coloring in to do Christmas colors. BIG MISTAKE! It’s delicious but a bit strange looking.5 stars

  4. wondering if I could use part of the bag os Andes Creamy White Chips with Bits of Peppermint candy in it ???5 stars

  5. LINDA SACK says:


  6. catie cakes says:

    can you use chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can try it. I never have.

  7. if I wanted to send some of the fudge through the mail, would it keep?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried sending fudge through the mail. Try “googling” it.

  8. My daughter and I made this candy for Christmas and it was wonderful. So nice and creamy and pepperminty. I will definitely keep this recipe.5 stars

  9. Cora Lea Gaither says:

    Judy, I gained five pounds just reading the recipe. It sounds wonderful.

  10. How would chocolate chips work, I love chocolate mint flavor. What do you think?

  11. Is this sweetened condensedmlk or evaporated milk?

      1. Thank you can’t wait to try it!

      2. Jessie Lofland says:

        Does it require refrigeration after it sets?

      3. The Southern Lady says:

        I don’t refrigerate. I put in tins and put in cool place. If it looks like it is starting to melt, put it in the fridge.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It is sweetened condensed milk.

  12. thebetterbaker11 says:

    Oh Judy – that looks awesome. Sure wish I could help you eat it up…so I wouldn’t have to eat it all by myself. I adore easy peasy recipes like this. SO glad you shared!