Gingerbread, pumpkin, caramel and peppermint – so many delightful flavors to choose from for our holiday baked goods. So many delicious scents to fill our kitchens with seasonal bliss, re-creating cherished family recipes or mixing up new.
Throughout all my years of baking, from my grand mother’s kitchen to my own home, I’ve learned two very important things about cooking for the holidays 1) quality ingredients are key to creating delectable treats and 2) everything tastes better when it’s mixed with a dash of love!
Each year one of my “signature” treats (you know the kind everyone put in requests for you make every year,) is Candy Cane Fudge. This vibrant, minty-sweet treat is simply amazing. I hope you enjoy making this delicious peppermint fudge for your friends and family this holiday season.
CANDY CANE FUDGE
1 10-ounce bag White Baking Morsels
1 7-ounce jar Marshmallow Creme
1/2 cup Candy Canes, crushed
1/4 cup Sweet Cream Unsalted Butter
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup All-Natural Sour Cream
1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
In a large saucepan over a medium heat, add sugar, sour cream and butter. Heat ingredients, stirring occasionally, until sugar is fully dissolved. Increase heat and bring to a rapid boil. Use candy thermometer to gauge temperature, boiling until fudge mixture reaches soft-ball stage. (234 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Remove saucepan from heat. Add white chocolate, stir until fully incorporated. Add marshmallow creme, stir until fully incorporated. Add peppermint and vanilla extracts, stir until fully incorporated. Fudge mixture will begin to cool, so be sure to mix ingredients in quickly and thoroughly.
Add crushed peppermint, stir into fudge. If you wish to add subtle pink streaks of color to the fudge, stir the peppermint candies a little bit longer. As the candy warms, the color will bleed slightly.
Pour fudge into a 8 x 8-inch non-stick (or pre-greased) baking pan. Smooth fudge until it is evenly distributed. If desired, add crushed candy cane bits on the top of the fudge and press in lightly. Chill fudge in refrigerator until firm.
When fudge is firm, cut into squares. Store fudge in refrigerator until ready to gift or serve.