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