Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge.

A giant Andes mint in fudge form. So good and dangerously easy! No candy thermometer required. 

A giant Andes mint in fudge form. So good and dangerously easy! No candy thermometer required.

For a girl who doesn’t typically favor chocolate over fruity/pumpkiny/caramel-y/peanut buttery desserts, I sure do pack my blog FULL of chocolate decadence.

I must be kidding myself. While I may not prefer the plain solid chocolates in the chocolate box, I definitely get a little weak at the knees biting into a Reese’s peanut butter cup, a York Peppermint Patty, or a Snickers.

I just like chocolate with stuff!  Peanut butter, nuts, caramel, pretzels, mint, bananas… wine…

A giant Andes mint in fudge form. So good and dangerously easy! No candy thermometer required.

With the upcoming holidays (I know, I think way ahead), I’ve been trying to brainstorm easy chocolate/candy recipes to make for my friends, family and coworkers come December. Nothing boring or plain like regular fudge, but still something easy and quick enough to whip up in the chaos that is my life.

Since I clearly overload the people in my life with peanut butter and chocolate, I feel a little minty chocolate action is much needed. Mint is chocolate’s second soulmate after all. I got to experimenting in the kitchen yesterday morning and THIS is what happened. A giant, thick Andes mint in the form of fudge. Wow.

Start with an easy, no-frills-two-ingredient fudge base. No candy thermometer needed! Simply melt chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together. Pour into a pan. Simple, thoughtless, and quick. The base firms up quite well, but still melts in your mouth. It’s heaven.

Sandwiched in the middle is a layer combining melted white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract, and a drop of green food dye. Gotta look like the real thing, right? Top it all off with a coating of pure melted chocolate. The top layer hardens up and is an unbeatable texture contrast to the softer fudge layers underneath.

A giant Andes mint in fudge form. So good and dangerously easy! No candy thermometer required.

The middle layer is my favorite part.  Creamy, thick, soft, and perfectly minty. Using peppermint extract to flavor it, you have complete control over how minty you’d like the middle layer. I wanted it minty enough to cut the sweetness in the other layers, but did not want the mint to overpower the chocolate. I stuck with 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. One teaspoon may sound like a lot considering how potent peppermint extract can be, but when mixed into dense white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, the mint flavor is easily subsided. One teaspoon gives the perfect amount of mint flavor – not intense and not too faint. Taste it and go by your preference though.

The entire fudge square tastes and looks like a giant thick Andes Chocolate Mint Bar. A simple medley of soft chocolate fudge, creamy smooth mint, hardened chocolate shell, and pretty little chunks on top.

Let’s see it up close and personal:

A giant Andes mint in fudge form. So good and dangerously easy! No candy thermometer required.

The recipe comes together fairly quickly, but the hardest part is waiting the two hours for the fudge to chill and set up. It’s torture, but so worth the wait.

Now THIS is how chocolate should be eaten!


Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

A giant Andes mint in fudge form. So good and dangerously easy! No candy thermometer required.


  • 2.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1.5 cups white chocolate baking chips
  • 1 teaspoons peppermint extract (or more, go by your taste preference)
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and/or Andes Creme De Menth Baking Chips


  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Spray paper with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 1.5 cups chocolate chips with 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, stirring occasionally. Spread melted chocolate mixture into pan and chill for 5-10 minutes.
  3. In another saucepan, melt white baking chips and remaining condensed milk, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring. Spread mint layer over chilled chocolate layer. Chill for 5-10 minutes as you make the final layer.
  4. Melt remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tsp shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir until completely smooth. Spread over chilled mint layer. Top with mini chocolate chips and/or Andes baking chips. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until fudge is completely set (could take up to 4 hours).
  5. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Fudge will freeze and thaw well.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from Taste of Home Baking

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  1. Made these today. The recipe is certainly easy although it looks like you spent a lot of time on it! Very pretty presentation. These are extremely rich, so I found myself cutting them in small squares. The problem I had was the top chocolate layer separating from the minty layer. The two fudge layers stick together well, so I am not sure if there is some way to remedy this? I followed the recipe exactly. At any rate this is a nice easy recipe for a mint lover, and it looks great on a holiday cookie platter ! Thanks.

    • Hi KIB – yes, this fudge is certainly rich. I cut it into small squares as well, since it is fudge. You could try to use a little more shortening in the chocolate chips for the topping, which would make it a tad softer and easier to meld to the middle layer.

  2. Do these stay firm like fudge?

  3. I’m not a huge fan of mint but I am so tempted to eat these. Will give it a try!

  4. Made these last night. My sister took them in to her group at work (30 people) and they literally gave them a standing ovation. One person said it was like “Christmas in my mouth!”

    I used peppermint oil, since I already had some on hand. So yummy!

  5. I think I’m just in love with this recipe. I also make chocolate fudge for the holiday gift-giving venture. Making a change in the recipe is the perfect idea. Thanks for experimenting in your kitchen and more thanks for sharing this delectable recipe.

  6. Hi Sally! Your recipes look AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS. I love mint and I am just drooling to make these! Especially since I have never made fudge before!! Unfortunately I don’t have condensed milk on hand ): is there any way I could substitute this?

  7. Hi Sally!

    I’m not sure if I have an 8×8 baking pan.
    Could I use a different size?

    Thank you!

  8. This recipe went down a hit with friends and family. I love how it doesn’t take too long to make 🙂 I ended up making another batch with Strawberry Essence in the middle layer instead of mint. I’m told that it was pretty good too 😉 My husband says it’s called Sally’s baking addiction, because you help others (such as me) to get addicted to baking. Not that he’s complaining 😉

  9. Made these for a bake sale the other day for St. Patrick’s day and people were gushing over them. Some mentioned they should be illegal that they were so good. So easy to make too. Thanks so much for the recipe. I will definitely be making this again. BTW, I love all of your recipes, haven’t found one yet that wasn’t a hit.

  10. Hey Sally!

    I tried making these a few days ago, but sadly the first and second layer wouldn’t harden up (so I didn’t even make the last one) 🙁
    Any idea why it didn’t and how to avoid it?

    • Hannah, did you alter anything in that second layer? Were you sure to use condensed milk and not evaporated milk or anything else?

      • I tried it again and it did’nt work again aah
        Could it be that too much condensed milk stops it from hardening up? Or not enough chocolate?

  11. I LOVE this recipe. I am doing it for Christmas. How do you freeze your fudge?

  12. This was so easy and was very reminiscent of Andes mints!  I used peppermint oil and eyeballed it.  Who knows if I will ever get it just right again.  😉  
    My son helped and it was a lot of fun for both of us.
    I think a maple layer would be good!

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