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Peppermint Fudge

As promised, the Peppermint Fudge debacle a.k.a. recipe.

I did two different versions of this to test out which way would be the most effective in creating my vision of cookie cut out fudge. I wanted to make snowflake shaped fudge. Striped snowflake fudge no less. Then I realized how long it takes to fudge to set in the fridge between each stripe layer and I thought to myself, yeah this is not a project that I have time to do during Christmas and stay sane. So swirls it was. Maybe in the quiet Holiday-less months I’ll try striped fudge. Til then you get this.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 1/2 cups of vanilla chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of Peppermint extract
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • 1 can of Sweetened Condensed milk
  • food coloring (I used Wilton Sky Blue)
  • cooking spray/PAM
  • pan/tray

Step 1

Mix vanilla chocolate chips into a pot with sweetened condensed milk on a medium heat, stirring continuously.

In about 5 minutes time, you’ll have this. It melts fast.

Again, did I mention the stirring?  You must stir or else it will burn and you do not want burnt chocolate.

Step 2

Add in your vanilla and peppermint extracts. There are so many variations of the amounts of mint extract to put into this that I started out with 1/2 a teaspoon and worked my way up to 1 teaspoon. It depends on how much of a minty taste you want. I like mint so I went for the full amount. Actually I think I added even more. Taste it after you mix it to see if it appeals to you and then add more if you’d like.

Step 4 

This is where I did started the two different batches.

The first one I poured into a small loaf pan that I first sprayed with cooking spray to avoid having it stick to the sides. I got a skewer, dipped it into the food colouring and mixed the colour around at random.

The second batch I poured onto a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Repeated the same process with the food colouring. If you don’t have skewers, use a toothpick or a fork.

Every time I look at these I think to myself where is my LAGAN countertop from IKEA already? I loathe my countertop. For the record, I checked IKEA to do a link to the LAGAN and I cannot find the wood version of it the Canadian site anymore. I’m not going to panic. I am not going to panic. I am panicking. Is it no longer available???

Ok back to the fudge.

Step 5 

Put both batches into the fridge until solid. This takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours.

Step 6 

Take out your fudge and attempt to cut cookie cutter snowflake shapes out of them.

It all seemed to go so well…

Until it didn’t.

The fudge inside didn’t harden at all. I don’t know if it was the parchment paper or just the bad idea of using the cookie tray. Maybe if I had used wax paper. Have you ever tried this? Did you use wax paper? Maybe I should have just not lined the cookie tray.

Whatever it is, do not use parchment paper on a cookie tray if you do it this way. I wound up scraping off this entire batch, patting into a brownie pan and letting it harden again properly.

The loaf pan fudge. Much better.

I was going to do a whole stack of snowflakes.

Then I was like wow that’s a lot fudge scraps I am wasting and will have to re-roll into fudge balls. So I wound up just doing some as the embellishment piece on top of the fudge that I gave to my daughter’s teachers.

Step 7

Eat your glorious Peppermint Fudge.

Or Mint White Chocolate Fudge.

Or Snowflake Cookie Cut Out Fudge.

Tastes like mint ice cream. I forwarn, this is a very rich recipe. I hear of people eating this in copious amounts. I have no idea how you do it. This is your after dinner mint.

I also made chocolate fudge and that was divine. Same recipe, without the mint and with ‘chocolate’ chocolate chips. If I had known it was this easy to make fudge I would have done this ages ago. I alas have no photos of that one.

At least none that looked like the snowflakes had accidentally fallen on the fudge in tweaked natural daylight.

11 Comments

  • Reply
    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    January 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    This is weird, but I literally had no idea what was in fudge… You’re like my culinary Wikipedia. (I also had no idea what was in fondant until you made it.)

    There is a fudge-shop at the shore where they make it in the front-window display area. They have giant copper kettles and big stirrer-things, and it looks… hard. Or at least like a workout.

    Whereas this looks easy. Like, *really* easy. Maybe I should refer them to your blog, next time I’m at the beach…

    p.s.- your kid’s teachers must love you!
    p.p.s.- I googled your countertop you want… pretty. Are you going to do all wood?

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      January 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      The old fashioned fudge requires a lot more ingredients and time and mixing. This is the completely store bought version aka for those of us who want to make it but seriously have no proper time to sit in a kitchen. I am always looking for ways to simplify recipes just based on the lack of time to do the good ones. I still haven’t gotten good icing down pat.

      Oh God they wouldn’t even consider this a proper fudge. They’d be like tell your friend that is incomparable to ours and send me emails of “What do you think you’re doing!!”

      My teacher’s kids probably are like Can we get something that’s not edible as a gift. I wanted to get them wine but James thought it was inappropriate. I am like they’re watching my kid all day, do they not deserve wine?

      Do not get me started on the countertop. I honestly didn’t know it was no longer on there and I am like I am not paying 2x the cost of the LAGAN for the other one. And yet I may have. I’ve wanted a butcher block countertop for as long as I can remember. I need to get it out of my system so that if/when we move I can decide whether or not to do it in our “permanent” home.

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    January 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Ah…from the picture I thought you were making soap! It’s beautiful nonetheless! And I like the swirls. I have yet to successfully make fudge. I’ll have to give it a try when I’m in the mood to eat hardened, burnt chocolate mass again : ]

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      January 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      That is a GREAT idea. I am so going to try that. I’m kidding. I can just imagine what would go wrong with me mixing a huge pot of melted glycerin. LOL chocolate burnt mass. Oh I’ve done that. Several times. It melts so much faster than I ever realized. Even in the microwave.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    January 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    That looks amazing! I love the snowflakes and your photos are stunning. I’m not sure I can make this; I would eat the WHOLE thing! Like really… it wold be gone. It might take a few days, but it would end up in my stomach. I’ll tuck this away for gift ideas… it’s a good one!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      January 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      If you ate the whole thing I would make it for you. I couldn’t eat more than 2 pieces at a time. It’s so melt in your mouth rich that I felt like I was scooping up vanilla nutella except it was magnified. The chocolate one I neeeeeeed to make with rice krispies soon.

  • Reply
    Kate
    January 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    It looks absolutely divine – love the colours too! You’re an inspiration.. And you forgot to mention, but I’m assuming – it’s totally calorie-free, right?

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      January 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      It’s completely calorie free. So is my Bailey’s when it goes over my skim milk ice cubes. 😉 Congrats on your AT feature for Harry’s Hardware. It rocked!!

  • Reply
    now at home mom
    January 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yum! yummy! these looks delicious 😉 and your pics in fudge in tweaked natural daylight look great!!! 😉 you know I have never tried to do some fudge 😉 I should try it one time, we love fudge here but I would probably end up eating it all by myself 😉

  • Reply
    Dorin
    January 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I did chocolate fudge for the boys’ teachers at daycare. Some I did in the loaf pan and just cut slabs for each of them, wrapped in parchment and tied up with pretty bakers’ twine.
    I had enough that I also pour them into mini spring form pans so I basically got a “puck” of fudge. It was so cute looking and didn’t have to fuss over cutting it out….but yours looks so much more beautiful!!!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      January 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Lady, I have seen your birthday cakes. I am sure your fudge was kick ass!! 🙂

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