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Rich and Creamy Peppermint Chocolate Truffles are made with just 5 simple ingredients! These homemade truffles are so easy and perfect for homemade holiday gifts! Use dark chocolate or white chocolate!
Another day, another homemade holiday gift idea for you! And today’s recipe is so impressive – and downright EASY – I predict you’ll be making it all the time. I know I will be! So without further ado, I give you chocolate peppermint truffles!
Made with just 5 simple ingredients. Seriously, if you have heavy whipping cream, chocolate, butter, peppermint extract, and a couple of crushed candy canes (or crushed peppermint candies), you can make these right now. So I really hope you have those ingredients on hand?! Because after seeing this… I know you’re going to want a bite (or 3) ↓
Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
For this recipe, I’ve teamed up with my friends over at DairyPure ® . Their fresh, pure, and delicious heavy whipping cream creates extra luscious truffles that basically melt in your mouth! I was thrilled to team up with this brand because they offer a wide line of high-quality dairy products I use in my recipes all the time.
In addition to using high quality cream, I suggest using a quality chocolate brand you know and trust, as it will make all the difference in how your truffles taste.
How to make Mint Chocolate Truffles
Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:
- This recipe calls for heavy whipping cream, which has a fat content between 36 and 40%. It’s high fat content makes these 5-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Truffles extra rich and creamy. If you cannot find heavy whipping cream, regular heavy cream can be used in its place. Milk will not work as a substitute!
- Because this recipe only calls for 5 ingredients, I suggest using the best quality ones you can. For a less sweet treat, dark chocolate may be used in place of the semi-sweet chocolate. And for a sweeter truffle, you could try coating them in white chocolate. Chocolate chips should never be used in place of the chopped chocolate.
- You’ll want to make sure you’re using PEPPERMINT extract, and not mint extract. Because while the bottles may look similar, the flavors are quite different.
- Be sure you don’t overheat the cream! You really just want to warm it. Once it comes to a boil, you should remove it from heat! The you’ll add in the chocolate. Essentially, you’re making a peppermint chocolate ganache.
- Once the chocolate filling has been assembled, it needs to cool to room temperature and then be chilled for several hours. So while this is an easy recipe, it does take some planning ahead.
- When your ready to roll and dip the truffles, you’ll want to line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. You’ll also want to keep a wet dish towel or some paper towels near by, since it can get messy.
- If you want to make this already easy recipe EVEN easier, skip the chocolate coating and simply roll the truffles in cocoa powder. Not as pretty as the melted chocolate coating, but still delicious.
- I suggest storing the peppermint truffles in an airtight container. I typically place sheets of parchment paper or wax paper between each layer of truffles. Store the container in a dry, cool place. They should keep for a few weeks!
These peppermint truffles taste – and look – like they came from a fancy chocolate shop! Making them the perfect gift for the chocolate peppermint lovers in your life!
Wanna make peppermint chocolate truffles into peppermint mocha truffles?
No problem! Simply add a teaspoon of espresso powder into the warm cream before adding in the chocolate. This will add a subtle espresso flavor. If you’re a peppermint mocha latte lover (ME!), I highly suggest giving this a try! Just don’t give the espresso spiked truffles to any kids lol.
Making homemade truffles might sound intimidating at first, but trust me, this 5-ingredient recipe couldn’t be easier! Especially since 75% of the time needed for this recipe is “inactive” time, which leaves you plenty of time to spend time with your loved ones making holiday memories to be cherished for years to come! And I’m here if you have any questions. You can do this ♥
To be completely honest… the hardest part about this recipe is sharing them! I made a couple dozen for our annual Christmas party, but at the rate I’m “taste testing” them, there won’t be any left by the weekend. They’re so good with coffee, wine, or tea! But my favorite is with wine haha.
The best peppermint chocolate truffles for the best time of year! I hope you gives these a try this holiday season.
Sweet, creamy Candy Cane Dip is the perfect quick and easy-to-make no-bake holiday dessert. It’s great for sharing at parties or gatherings.
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When it comes to easy dessert recipes, this just might be the easiest one I’ve ever shared! This Candy Cane Dip is perfect for holiday office parties, get-togethers with friends, or on your holiday menu. It comes together quickly and easily, and your friends and family will happily devour it all!
This recipe starts off with a brick of softened cream cheese combined with powdered sugar, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, whipped topping (Cool Whip), and crushed candy canes.
How to make Dessert Dip
- cream cheese – any unflavored kind (full-fat or reduced fat)
- powdered sugar
- peppermint extract
- vanilla extract
- whipped topping – such as Cool Whip
- crushed candy canes
- Assorted cookies for dipping
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Fold in the whipped topping and half of the crushed candy canes.
- If desired, transfer to a serving bowl. Chill until serving time, at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, top with the remaining crushed candy canes.
Candy Cane Dip FAQs
Chocolate graham crackers, Chessman cookies, Milano Cookies, butter cookies, animal crackers, chocolate fudge creme-filled tubular-shaped wafer cookies, chocolate wafer cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate or vanilla creme-filled cookies, or other dippers. You can also use an assortment of fresh fruit as dippers too!
Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Properly stored, it is good for up to one week.
Yes, you can. However, note that the quality and texture may not be as good as when first made.
TO FREEZE: Place dip in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Candy Cane Pie is the only dessert recipe you’ll need this Christmas! It’s an easy no-bake pie with crumbly Oreo crust and white chocolate ganache on top. This pie filling combo of cream cheese, whipped cream, instant pudding, butter, chocolate chips and crushed candy canes, makes the tastiest homemade Christmas dessert!
A Christmas Dessert for Candy Cane Lovers
However, there are still a few weeks until Thanksgiving and I’ve already shared a lot of Christmas dessert recipes, too. When it comes to Christmas and New Year, I’m always excited like a kid. I can hardly wait my favorite holidays to come.
To tell you the truth, I made this Candy Cane Pie for Halloween. You are probably 100% sure that I’m crazy! But wait, I can explain this! October 31 was my birthday, not just Halloween!
My little boy asked me if we could organize a party at our house. And so we had a party! That was Halloween/birthday party for a few of my closest friends and a bunch of their kids.
But a bunch of kids could eat a bunch of sweets, right?!
Also, that was a great opportunity for me try out some new recipes I’ve planned to share here on my blog before Christmas baking season starts. And the kids are the best taste testers! They will frankly tell you if something is good or bad. Moreover, they will spit it out to your face whether they love or hate yours cakes, too.
Having a bunch of kids at the party was also a great opportunity to share a lot of cakes and desserts, so I won’t be stuck with tons of desserts siting in my fridge for days.
Thus, I made this Candy Cane Pie with my birthday cake, and they both vanished in the blink of an eye! Kids loved them, they all asked for one more slice.
Homemade Christmas Candy Cane Pie Recipe
Let’s get back to this Candy Cane Pie. It’s completely homemade! I wasn’t lazy this time, so I made everything from scratch. I haven’t used store bought Oreo crust or Cool Whip. I’ve already used Cool Whip in many recipes because it keeps the thick texture of the fillings, but many of you hate desserts that have Cool Whip in them. So, this time I kept it 100 % homemade with no artificial stuff!
Don’t let the list of ingredients and recipe instructions discourage you. It’s all really simple, I promise! If you try this one, I think you’ll love it, it’s delicious.
In the next few weeks many melt-in-your-mouth Christmas recipes will follow. I want to make sure you are ready in time for this special holiday season. Until new recipes arrive, check out some of my old Christmas recipes: Christmas Tree Krispie Treat, Homemade Peppermint Patties, Christmas Lasagna, Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas Trees or Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake.
Craving for more Christmas desserts?! Then you will like this:
Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake is perfect dessert for Christmas. It’s really moist, flavorful and easy to make.
Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert with buttery red velvet shortbread cookie crust, peppermint cheesecake layer, white chocolate pudding, whipped cream and mini marshmallows on top.
Christmas Tree Cheesecake on a stick is festive and fabulous Christmas treat. Eating cheesecake has never been this fun!
Candy Cane Pie
- Author: Vera Z.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 5 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours
- Yield: 12 slices 1 x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Candy Cane Pie is the only dessert recipe you’ll need this Christmas! It’s no-bake pie with crumbly Oreo crust and white chocolate ganache on top. This pie filling combo of cream cheese, whipped cream, instant pudding, butter, chocolate chips and crushed candy canes, makes the tastiest Christmas dessert!
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What to do with Leftover Candy Canes: National Candy Cane Day!
December 26 is Boxing Day, but it’s also Candy Cane Day. Do you have a lot of candy canes left over? Are they still hanging on the tree? Grab a few and make one of these easy recipes! Chocolate and Candy Canes are a great post-holiday treat!
History of the Candy Cane:
During the 17th century, Europeans adopted Christmas trees as part of Christmas celebrations, and they often made cookies and sugar stick candy as decorations. The first historical reference to the familiar cane shape goes back to 1670, when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, bent the sugar sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff. The all white candy canes were given out to children during the nativity services. This tradition of handing out candy canes during Christmas services spread throughout Europe and later to America.
The first historical reference to the candy cane in America goes back to 1847, when German immigrant August Imgard decorated the Christmas tree in his Wooster, Ohio home with candy canes.
About fifty years later the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. No one knows who exactly invented the stripes, but Christmas cards prior to the year 1900 showed only all white candy canes. Christmas cards after 1900 showed illustrations of striped candy canes. Around the same time, candy-makers added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to their candy canes and those flavors then became the traditional favorites.
1. Hot Chocolate with Candy Canes! Use the candy cane as a stirrer. It will eventually melt and flavor your hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. Of course, a chocolate dipped candy cane is even better!
2. Candy Cane Chocolate Marshmallows. Dip marshmallows in melted dark chocolate and roll in crushed Candy Canes.
3. Candy Cane Truffles
4. Candy Cane Fudge
5. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
6. Chocolate Candy Cane Bark
7. Chocolate Covered Candy Canes
8. Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake
9. Chocolate Candy Cane Trifle
10. Peppermint Stick Cake:
Truffles, caramels, nougats and more: these sweet treats are perfect for holiday cookie plates, gifting and get-togethers.
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Gumdrop and Pistachio Nougat
Thought Christmas was all about baking cookies? Not any more! Homemade candies are the perfect way to sweeten up the holiday season and spread some cheer! Plus, they make for a wonderful edible gift or inexpensive stocking stuffer. From homemade truffles and fudge for chocolate lovers to gooey caramels and fruity candies that will satisfy any sweet tooth, there’s something here for everyone. We can’t resist these gumdrop-dotted nougats. They’re chewy, fruity, nutty and crunchy — all in one. The ultimate sweet-and-salty holiday treat!
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect pairing — and these sweet and salty peanut butter balls covered in bittersweet chocolate are sure to satisfy your craving. Make sure the balls are chilled and firm before rolling them in the chocolate. It will ensure they don’t fall apart. And, it helps the chocolate set faster.
Have a canister of peanuts sitting in the pantry? You’re well on your way to making this classic, sweet-and-salty holiday treat from scratch.
What makes this fudge Christmas-worthy? The toasted walnuts scattered throughout each piece lend a nostalgic feel, just like the candy grandma used to make.
Eggnog truffles make a great holiday or hostess gift. Package the truffles in a decorative tin between wax paper to prevent sticking.
Cookie and Caramel Chocolate Bars
If you love Twix, you’ve got to add these treats to your holiday lineup. This recipe cracks the code on tender biscuits topped with gooey caramel. Making them at home really takes this beloved treat to the next, delicious level.
Chocolate-Caramel-Pecan Pretzel Bites
If you’re worried you’re not ready for homemade candy, this is the recipe for you. Ree uses 4 simple ingredients (pretzels, pecans, caramel candy cubes and chocolate) to create a sweet-and-salty treat that’s just as good (if not better!) than anything you can buy in a box at the store.
White Chocolate Bark
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. ” and Ina’s festive white chocolate bar!. She keeps the flavors balanced with salty pistachios and sweet dried cranberries and apricots.
Milk and Cookies Fudge
Give Santa an upgrade this year! Trisha’s indulgent fudge combines the milk and cookies into one, delicious, bite-size treat.
Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles are spiked with bourbon and then rolled in chopped pecans for a holiday treat everyone will enjoy.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge
White chocolate and peppermint make the perfect pair — so why not add candy canes to a batch of creamy, white chocolate fudge?
Ree’s festive candy is surprisingly easy to make! The recipe calls for just 6 ingredients, one of which is colorful gummy candies to give the finished treat it’s fun look.
You only need 6 ingredients to make this sweet and crunchy treat — and we bet they’re all in your kitchen right now!
Malted Chocolate Truffles
These melt-in-your-mouth candies may be sinfully decadent, but they’re so delicious they’re sure to earn you a spot on the nice list!
Crunchy Peanut Caramel Nougat Candy Bar
This crunchy, nutty, marshmallow treat is assembled in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and then cut into its rectangular candy bar shape. Once cut, simply dip in melted chocolate and place in the fridge to cool and set.
Peppermint Meringue Lollipops
These easy-to-make meringue pops have a crunchy bite with a soft, chewy middle. The confectioners’ sugar gives them a satiny sheen, while the mild peppermint flavor makes them the perfect shimmery treat to pass out at holiday parties.
Almond-Amaretti Chocolate Truffles
Add almond butter and almond extract to the chocolate ganache and then coat the finished truffle with crushed amaretti cookies.
Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Top Hats
Recreate Frosty the Snowman’s top hat — for your holiday dessert spread! These ones are filled with their own kind of magic: marshmallow and chocolatey goodness!
Be sure to whip up extra homemade caramels because they make the perfect gift. Packaged in a holiday tin, your friends and family will love receiving their very own batch!
Homemade Pomegranate-Lime Lollipops
Sweet-tart pomegranate juice is the perfect way to perk up homemade lollipops. Plus, you can serve them after your holiday dinner as a no-plates-or-utensils-needed dessert!
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McCord’s Annual Candy Cane Tours are fun for everyone, young and old!
Tours start November 19 and will run through December 23. All tours are $7 per person and everyone will get to make their own candy cane. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Open tours are on:
- Fridays each hour, 5-7pm
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- Sundays each hour, 12-5pm
Tickets for open tours MUST be purchased in advance; space is limited to 35 people per tour, so be sure to buy your tickets early!
TICKETS ARE VIRTUAL. You will not receive a physical ticket. You will receive a confirmation by email; however, you only need to come with your party and present the name of the person who ordered the tickets.
Private tours are Monday through Friday with the first tour going up at 10am and the last group going up at 3pm (tour times are 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3). Private tours are for groups of 12 people or more – you may bring fewer, but the minimum cost is for 12 participants. To book a private tour, please call 765-742-4441.
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These delicious and simple holiday candy recipes for the are perfect for sharing. These are all 3 ingredient candy recipes!
Limited ingredients means you don’t have to hunt down tons of difficult stuff to make a tasty treat everyone will devour!
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Why are these 3 ingredient candy recipes for the holidays so special?
There’s a few reasons why I consider these holiday candy recipes a little special! First, they’re limited ingredients recipes which means there’s no supplies list a mile long to gather up or purchase for these recipes. These recipes use simple ingredients, a few at a time, to create things that are truly delicious.
Next, I think you’ll also notice that these candy recipes are quick and easy to make. There’s no need to devote hours and hours to making something impressive for your holiday tables. These recipes will do the trick and they’re quick and easy to prepare.
Finally, these recipes are beautiful and indulgent. They’re a special treat! Everyone loves these candy recipes and they make a great gift. Be sure to check out more on that below so you can prep oodles of holiday candy to give your friends and family as gifts!
Can I make these holiday candies for parties?
If you are planning your party menu for the holidays you’ll definitely want to consider including some of these 3 ingredient candy recipes. They’re simple, sure, but they’re also packed with flavor and sweetness that everyone will be fighting over!
When it comes to planning the holiday menu I like to include a lot of sweets on our dessert tables, it’s the one time of the year that we’re all indulging in our favorite things so I like to make sure we have plenty of choices. It’s a great plan to grab some small bakery boxes to have on hand too, then you can let people take some of their favorites home and fill a box to go!
How to make candy recipes for gifts:
You might be wondering how to give these homemade candies for gifts. That’s really simple! You make a batch…better make two because some will go missing as soon as they’re finished…and then you box them up and surprise your favorite people with a heartfelt treat!
I love to use small mason jars, bakery boxes, and even cookie tins to wrap up these delicious and simple candy recipes. You can use cellophane to wrap up your plates or even clear cups full of candies! Add a festive bow and a simple gift tag and you are ready to go!
It can be tough to know what to get people for the holidays and these 3 ingredient candy recipes make it really simple to give something that is handmade, can be enjoyed by all, and is of course delicious.
3 Ingredient Candy Recipes For The Holidays:
Let’s dive on in and take a look at these easy and delicious 3 ingredient candy recipes for the holidays. Truth be told you could make these all year long but some of the recipes are just screaming to the shared during these most festive times of the year.
3-Ingredient Holiday Candy
Celebrate the holidays with these super easy treats! All these recipes have only 3 ingredients.
These Peppermint Bark Pretzel Bites are a yearly tradition for my family! Easy to make with only 4 ingredients like square pretzels, Hershey’s candy kisses, peppermint m&m’s, and Christmas sprinkles. Even the kids will love to help make these delicious peppermint pretzel treats for an easy Christmas treat!
Be sure and also make my Christmas Rolo Pretzels as well. Easy to make but with a chocolate caramel Rolo Candy and m&m’s on top.
PEPPERMINT BARK PRETZEL BITES
These addicting & delicious little peppermint bark pretzel bites are the best Holiday treat! Once I see those Hershey Candy Cane Kisses at the store I always buy several bags so we can make these pretzel treats more than once!
The best part is that kids can basically make the entire recipe themselves. My kids always love to help me in the kitchen but sometimes it can be hard to find the “right job” for them 🙂
HOW TO MAKE THIS PEPPERMINT BARK RECIPE
- Lay the square pretzels on a cookie sheet. You can make as little or as many as you want, just make sure that you have enough Hershey Candy Cane Kisses and M&M’s for each one of the pretzels.
- Unwrap the Candy Cane Kisses and place one on each pretzel square.
- Cook for 4 minutes.
- Press a Christmas m&m onto each softened Hershey Kiss and gently press down. Sprinkle the warm chocolate with Christmas sprinkles if wanted.
INGREDIENTS FOR EASY PEPPERMINT BARK PRETZELS
Square Pretzels – These are usually found by the name brand of Snyder’s. I prefer the square pretzels when making this recipe but if you really can’t find them then regular pretzels will work in it’s place.
Hershey Candy Cane Kisses – Basically the best Christmas treat ever, right?! Unwrap these babies so they’re ready to go. This is the perfect way to get kids involved. There are 63 Hershey Kisses in the bag so you can yield 63 of these pepermint bark pretzel bites. Make more or less depending on the need.
White Peppermint M&M’s – These should be readily available most everywhere but if for some reason you can’t find them, then get a bag of the Christmas Mix M&M’s.
Christmas Sprinkles – These are totally optional, but in my house they’re not! We love adding some festive sprinkles on tops of these peppermint bark pretzel bites. Be sure and sprinkle them on when the chocolate is warm so they will stick. I like to add the sprinkles on after I finish one row of pretzels.
This peppermint bark is a quick holiday treat that is so simple and delicious. Our decadent peppermint bark recipe combines white chocolate, semi-sweet milk chocolate, and candy cane bits layered into an almost-famous, crowd-pleasing favorite.
Looking for more yummy recipe ideas? Head to the kitchen and make this Oreo peppermint bark or rocky road fudge, too.
PEPPERMINT BARK INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup mini candy canes, crushed
- 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- 2 (12-ounce) bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 (12-ounce) bags white chocolate chips
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
CHOCOLATE: You could also use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips if that’s your preference. I crave all the dark chocolate, but not everyone feels the same as I do.
PEPPERMINT EXTRACT: Peppermint oil will work in a pinch if you don’t have peppermint extract on hand.
COCONUT OIL: You could use vegetable oil instead.
HOW TO MAKE THIS PEPPERMINT BARK RECIPE
STEP ONE: Place mini candy canes in a Ziploc freezer bag and seal shut. Crush candy with a rolling pin until you have varying sizes of crushed candy canes to sprinkle on the top of your bark. Set aside.
STEP TWO: Line a 9×13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
STEP THREE: Place semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate and microwave in 15-second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between each session.
When you are melting the chocolate in the microwave, be sure to do it in short bursts so you can check on the chocolate. You don’t want to burn it!
STEP FOUR: Once the chocolate has melted pour melted chocolate over the top of the prepared cookie sheet for the bottom layer. Place the chocolate in the refrigerator while preparing the white chocolate mixture.
STEP FIVE: Place your white chocolate chips, coconut oil, and peppermint extract in a microwave-safe glass bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate mixture and microwave in 15-second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between each session.
STEP SIX: Pour the white chocolate mixture over the semi-sweet chocolate mixture and immediately sprinkle the crushed mini candy canes over the top of the white chocolate layer. Press crushed peppermint candy into the white chocolate mixture and then refrigerate for about 1 hour until fully set.
Make sure to give the bark enough time to harden. If it doesn’t set, it won’t break cleanly.
STEP SEVEN: Remove from the refrigerator and break into pieces.
When it is removed from the refrigerator, the bark will be quite hard to break. You’ll want to make sure you allow your peppermint bark to come to room temperature before trying to break into pieces.
HOW TO SERVE
This sweet treat would be a great gift during the holiday season. Add pieces of peppermint bark to cellophane bags and tie it with a pretty bow before delivering to friends and neighbors. For another homemade gift to add to the package, try our hot chocolate on a stick recipe.
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IN THE FRIDGE: Peppermint bark will definitely keep longer if you pop it in the fridge in an airtight container. Be sure to wrap it well to keep moisture out to preserve it for the longest amount of time possible. You’ll be able to keep it for 2 to 3 weeks that way.
IN THE FREEZER: If you want to freeze the peppermint bark, you’ll want to make sure to wrap it well. You may want to start with waxed paper and then some plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and then into an airtight container or large resealable plastic bag. It should keep several months in the freezer.
There is something magical about the chocolate and peppermint flavoring in this delish treat — you’ll think it’s the best! I hope you will enjoy this simple homemade peppermint bark with your loved ones this holiday season.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These delicious treats will keep well sealed in an airtight container for up to three months.
This bark has plenty of possibilities. While this traditional version is peppermint flavored, there are plenty of other candy cane flavors you could try out.
Peppermint bark can be stored on the counter but it will last longer if you keep it in the fridge.
Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark is one of my all-time favorite Christmas treats! I just love that combination of rich chocolate (especially the dark chocolate ones), white chocolate, and crunchy peppermint bits. It’s hard not to eat the whole bag!
These peppermint bark brownies recreate that irresistible flavor medley, but they are even more decadent!
We started with fudgy chocolate brownies and baked white chocolate peppermint pieces right into the batter. This gives the brownies even more delicious minty taste and keeps them moist.
Then we made a from-scratch white chocolate frosting, so the brownie would have the same layering as the candy that is their inspiration.
Finally, we topped the brownies with crushed bits of candy cane and white chocolate mint baking bits, so you really get the full effect.
The combination of chocolate and mint is nothing new, but when you take a bite of these Peppermint Bark Brownies you’ll see it in a whole new light! Fudgey and minty fresh, these brownies will become a holiday tradition in no time!
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup white chocolate peppermint bits
For the white chocolate ganache:
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate chips or almond bark
- Crushed Candy Cane (optional)
Kitchen Tools Used
or glass baking dish
- Mixing bowls and whisk
Can You Use Brownie Mix from a Box?
This recipe is written with a from-scratch brownie recipe. However, you can absolutely use a boxed brownie mix to save time and make this recipe even easier!
If starting from a box mix, prepare the brownie batter according to package directions. Fold in the white chocolate peppermint bits, then bake as the directions state. Then you can skip ahead to the frosting step later in the recipe!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Make the Brownies
Coat an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray. You can also line with parchment paper if you like, as this helps the brownies pop right out when they’re done baking.
In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add half of the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture, beat well, then add the remaining half.
Fold in 1/2 cup white chocolate peppermint chips and then spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the center is firm to the touch and the edges are crisp and pull away from the edges of the pan. You can use a toothpick to test for doneness too.
Allow to cool as you prepare the ganache.
2. Make the White Chocolate Frosting
Add milk, butter, and sugar to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the mixture is completely liquid and smooth.
Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and white chocolate chips or almond bark. Whisk until completely melted.
Pour the white chocolate ganache on top of the cooled brownies and smooth with a rubber spatula or offset spatula.
3. Add Toppings!
While the frosting is still wet, sprinkled with additional white chocolate peppermint baking bits. You can also sprinkle with crushed candy canes or peppermint candy for a little crunch, just like peppermint bark candy!
Let icing set before cutting and serving, about one hour.
How to Store Peppermint Bark Brownies
Keep leftover brownies covered or in an airtight container at room temperature. They do not require refrigeration. When properly stored, they can stay good for 3-5 days.
This peppermint bark fudge combines dark chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint to make a super soft and creamy peppermint bark inspired fudge. By using a shortcut fudge base, we can skip the endless stirring and candy thermometer that traditional fudge recipes require. You only need 7 easy ingredients and, best of all, this fudge freezes beautifully so it’s a perfect make-ahead Christmas treat.
I hope you all had a wonderfully happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! A very special thank you to everyone who made Sally’s Baking Addiction part of their holiday meal this year and everyone who visited my website to find recipe inspiration. It’s also a treat to see all the recipe photos you share with me on social media! I’m unbelievably grateful for it all. Thank YOU for making my holiday so special each year, without even knowing it. 🙂
But it’s time to talk about Christmas! We only have a few weeks to squeeze in all our Christmas treats, so I’m sneaking this recipe in before my annual Christmas cookie countdown begins. (I see you around the corner, Sally’s Cookie Palooza!)
What is Peppermint Bark Fudge?
- like peppermint bark, just in soft fudge form
- two layers: white chocolate and dark chocolate
- sprinkled with crushed candy canes
And here’s another reason why you’ll love it: there’s NO candy thermometer required. I also appreciate that there’s only 7 total ingredients. It’s quick, convenient, and easy.
I love traditional fudge, the kind where you stir for several minutes and use a candy thermometer and mixer. Nothing compares to it and you can find a few of my favorite traditional fudge recipes in Sally’s Candy Addiction. My peppermint bark fudge, however, is a shortcut version. It’s creamy, soft, and doesn’t require any special equipment. Because we all appreciate a shortcut every now and then!
Peppermint Bark Fudge Ingredients
Do you remember my gingerbread swirl fudge? We’re using a similar recipe here, but dividing it into 2 separate layers. The same ingredients are used for each layer, except the bottom has semi-sweet chocolate chips and the top uses white chocolate chips.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: One 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk is the base of the entire recipe. There’s no substituting it, unless you want to make traditional fudge with cooked milk and sugar– and you’ll need a candy thermometer for that! 1 standard can of sweetened condensed milk is a little over 1 liquid cup. (The “14 ounce” label regards the weight, not the liquid measurement.) So use 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon in each of the 2 layers.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips & White Chocolate Chips: Chocolate chips make this a no-fail recipe. They’re readily available and when mixed with sweetened condensed milk, they’re very easy to melt on the stove.
- Marshmallow Creme: The secret to the creamy texture? Marshmallow creme aka “fluff.” Hey, I never said this fudge was healthy! If you can’t find marshmallow creme, use a few Tablespoons of mini marshmallows instead. They’ll melt into the proper consistency this fudge requires. By the way, you can make your own homemade marshmallow creme too. 🙂
- Vanilla & Peppermint Extract: Both extracts add flavor to the layers. Avoid using regular mint extract, which makes desserts taste like toothpaste.
- Crushed Candy Canes: Stir 1/3 cup of crushed candy canes into the white fudge layer, then sprinkle more on top. The candy cane pieces become a little chewy in the fudge– awesome texture. Easiest way to crush candy canes: place the unwrapped candy canes into a plastic bag and lightly bang on them with a rolling pin. Trust me, kids love helping with this.
Since there are so few ingredients, it’s important to use each. And in order for the fudge to properly set, I don’t recommend any substitutions.
How to Make Peppermint Bark Fudge
If you know how to operate your stove, you can make easy peppermint bark fudge.
- Line an 8×8 or 9×9 inch baking pan: I recommend using an 8-inch square pan, which keeps the fudge squares on the thicker side. Whichever size you use, line the pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper so you can easily lift the whole block of fudge out of the pan after it sets. (Which makes cutting into neat squares possible.)
- Make the chocolate layer: Melt 1/2 of the can of sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and marshmallow creme together in a small saucepan on the stove. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Spread into prepared pan and place in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Wipe the pot clean.
- Make the white chocolate layer: Repeat the step above, but use white chocolate chips. White chips are softer than regular chocolate chips, so the white chocolate layer is thinner. Stir in the candy cane pieces, then spread over the chocolate layer.
- Add some garnish: Top with extra candy cane crumbs. Festive sprinkles work too!
- Refrigerate until set: Refrigerate the pan for about 4 hours until set.
- Cut into small squares: Lift the fudge out of the pan using the aluminum foil overhang. Peel the foil off the block of fudge, then cut into small squares.
The Christmas Treat that Keeps on Giving
1 batch of this fudge yields 64 1-inch squares. In my experience serving fudge, people only eat about 2 small squares. Fudge is indulgent and sweet, so even a small pan makes a lot of servings. So if you need an easy Christmas treat for a potluck, cookie exchange, event, or party, make this fudge. You get a lot of bang for your buck!