Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge.

Easy white chocolate & chocolate swirled fudge filled peppermint and candy canes. 10 minutes, 5 ingredients!

Too early for holiday treats? Who are you kidding.

I clearly have no concept of time or seasons when it comes to holiday baking.  I made you a mint chocolate chip pie in August, peppermint fudge cookies in September, and some crazy super-soft Gingersnaps just last week.  I’m a seasonally challenged baker. I’m sorry… but not really. ;)

I’m telling you guys… this is only the beginning of the holiday baking madness.

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge. Easy, no candy thermometer needed!

I made this fudge over the weekend with the intention of bringing it into work on Monday. Somehow the fudge never made it into the office. No no, we didn’t eat it all!  I love me some mint and chocolate but I’m not about to eat an 8×8 brick of it.

This swirly-twirly-chocolate-white-chocolate-candy-cane-crunch fudge is certainly something I do not want to share!  I’m selfishly keeping it all to myself, which is fabulous and horrible at the same time.  It is the season to give, after all. This fudge is hard to share!

My latest fudgy creation could NOT get any easier – it’s even easier than the Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge I made a few weeks ago!  I clearly cannot get enough mint chocolate these days. I’m not alone in my love for mint chocolate chip ice cream, am I?

You’re going to put in the bare minimum effort when you make today’s fudge. We’re talking one pot, five simple ingredients, and only ten minutes to throw together.   Until earlier this year, I always believed that making fudge was daunting. There’s candy thermometers, sugar syrups, endless stirring, etc. While I love a smooth creamy fudge recipe, wasting time over a boiling pot waiting for sugar to concentrate sounds like a nightmare to me. My fudge recipes include none of that!  I never knew that homemade fudge was this easy. :)

5 ingredient Candy Cane Fudge.

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge. 5 ingredients, no-bake, easy recipe.

The whopping five ingredients making these gorgeous squares are sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract, white chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, and candy canes. Diet food, I swear. First, melt the white chocolate chips down with a can of sweetened condensed milk – an ingredient I always, always have in my pantry.  Sweetened condensed milk is a ready made concentrated sugar syrup – it is made from a mixture of whole milk and sugar with 60% of its water removed.  Thick and sticky, it’s VERY sweet and takes the place of sugar syrup in a fudge recipe.

The combination of melted white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk is your fudge base.  Use this base for whatever add-ins you prefer – it’s a wonderful blank canvas and completely versatile.

Next, mix in a couple drops of peppermint extract.  The fudge is quite sweet without the peppermint extract, so I found it to be necessary.  Do not add too much though – that stuff is extremely potent and you don’t want to completely clear your nasal cavity! Stick with 1/2 teaspoon, taste it, and then add more if you prefer. 1/2 teaspoon was plenty for me.

Stir in some crushed candy canes and pour your minty white chocolate fudge into a square pan. The crunchy candy cane bits are a lovely texture break from the smooth fudge. I love a good crunch!

Top with mini chocolate chips and gently swirl them on top as they melt into the warm fudge mixture.   If you’d like, replace the chocolate chips with a swirl of red food coloring. I chose chocolate chips over red food dye because I clearly cannot get enough chocolate lately. Tis the season!

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge |

Allow the fudge to set up in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.  Really, waiting is the hardest part about making this fudge!  Once set, slice into tiny squares.  I love all the swirly-twirly action on top!

If you can muster up the generosity to share this divine fudge, it makes a wonderful gift for friends and family.  I do plan to make it again for my coworkers (and not only myself) in December, I promise. ;)

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Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Easy white chocolate & chocolate swirled fudge filled peppermint and candy canes. 10 minutes to make, 5 ingredients!

Yield: 48 squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes


  • 3 cups (540g) white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more, taste and go by your preference)
  • 8 crushed candy canes
  • 2/3 cup (120g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Line 8x8 square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.

Combine the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract and candy canes.

Spread evenly into prepared baking pan. Top with chocolate chips and gently swirl them into the fudge with a knife. Top with a few more crushed candy cane pieces. Chill for 3 hours, then cut into squares. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Love this stuff.

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge. 5 ingredients, no-bake, easy recipe.


A few more holiday favorites to make this year:

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge


Mocha Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Mocha Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow

Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow


Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee

Saltine Toffee aka Christmas Crack


Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

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62 Responses to “Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge.”

  1. #
    The Witch's Kitchenposted November 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I’m betting that fudge wouldn’t last the night in my house.

    Looks Fabulous!


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      since i had SO many other goodies lying around the house this weekend, we couldn’t eat it all right away – but i can assure you.. it’s all gone now! :)


  2. #
    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted November 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    PEPPERMINT!!!! The season is finally here! I feel like I’ve been waiting all year, and you just made me so excited :)


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    Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted November 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Love how simple this is. Peppermint and chocolate is perfect together!


  4. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted November 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Um, this is definitely the definition of perfection. SO creamy and minty, OMG. And peppermints can do no wrong in my book, any time of year!


  5. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted November 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    There is never enough mint! I’m going for a mint and gingerbread palooza throughout December (uh, though not together, of course). :)


  6. #
    Amy (Savory Moments)posted November 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    What lovely homemade fudge! I haven’s started making any holiday recipes yet, but I’ve certainly been collecting them!


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      i can’t wait to see what you bake for the holidays Amy :)


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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    these are the perfect holiday treat! i should’ve known that you would be one of the firsts to whip out a peppermint treat ;) this is brilliant – it would make such a wonderful gift. put 3 little cubes in a cellophane baggie & tie it with a cute ribbon. now who wouldn’t LOVE that gift?!


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    Laura Dembowskiposted November 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Totally not too early for holiday treats – it will be Christmas before you know it. I love candy canes. Can’t wait to do some baking with them myself!


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      i can’t wait to see what candy cane treats you make Laura!!


  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted November 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Fun fudge! I made white choc fudge last Dec and I need to go look up my own recipe :) I think I made it with sweetened cond milk, white choc chips, and confectioners’ sugar…LOL the one good thing about a blog is you at least are forced to write down what you did :)

    This looks so good, Sally! I love white chocolate, hugely. And with mint – yes!

    And I saw your post on Nikki’s site – you’re on fire today!


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      i know you’re a huge white choc fan Averie! I love it too, esp with mint! i have been candy cane crazy lately with those cookies and this fudge!


  10. #
    luv what you doposted November 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love peppermint candies around the holidays. The peppermint kisses are fantastic and the Frango mints…mmmm! Is it wrong that I am already thinking about my holiday baking list?


  11. #
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted November 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Bring on the holiday baking! Girl, chocolate and peppermint is my favorite holiday combination. I’m drooling over these photos–this look phenomenal!


  12. #
    Elaineposted November 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I love that you kept these for yourself! I’d have a hard time sharing them too. And the swirly chocolate on top is a detail that makes this fudge pretty AND delicious. I’m just about over my pumpkin craze and ready for all of the mint and chocolate that’s about to enter my life. :)


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      although it will be hard to stop baking with pumpkin (which I probably won’t even after thanksgiving lol!!), i’m looking forward to all the peppermint and chocolate treats coming ahead too!


  13. #
    Angeposted November 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Any chance you can advise the weight of your choc chips? I’m in Australia and I know our cup measures are different…
    Thanks in advance,


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Ange! 2.5 cups of white chocolate chips is 380 grams. Enjoy!


  14. #
    Melisaposted November 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    OMG! I found a recipe to make vegan condensed milk so I am so going to make this!! Thank you!! :)


    • Sallyreplied on November 13th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      wonderful, Melisa! let me know how it turns out!


  15. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted November 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    If I worked in your office I’d be 800 pounds hahaha (well, if any of the desserts actually MADE it there) haha


    • Sallyreplied on November 14th, 2012 at 5:46 am

      lol! I’m prety sure my coworkers love it and hate it at the same time. :)


  16. #
    Emiliaposted November 14, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Yes for holiday baking! I have to admit, fudge usually scares me too much to actually make (not to mention, not my favorite thing to eat), but I have to say this looks beautiful. Definitely looking forward to more holiday baking recipes in the future!


    • Sallyreplied on November 14th, 2012 at 5:45 am

      it scared me too, but Emilia – this fudge recipe is easier than anything… easier than cookies, boxed brownies, etc. A must try!


  17. #
    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted November 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I loooove easy recipes like this! I used to think fudge was daunting too, but there are actually quite a few easy recipes out there, thankfully! The peppermint and chocolate combo here looks simply heavenly. :)


  18. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted November 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I have to come clean: I turned on Christmas carols for the first time last night AND, I impulse bought a “Snow Day” scented candle. All I need now is a hunk o’ this fudge, and I’ll be in business :-)


    • Sallyreplied on November 14th, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Erin! I can’t believe you already turned on Xmas music! You are my hero. I am prepared to start listening on Thanksgiving :) I want that type of candle! Is it Yanke Candle?


  19. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted November 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Definitely not too early for holiday treat!! Love how simple yet perfect this fudge is!


  20. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted November 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

    It’s never to early for fudge. Especially white chocolate one! I think white chocolate does not get the attention it should. Love the candy cane swirl!


  21. #
    Ashley - Baker by Natureposted November 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Sally, we must be on the same brain waves or something – I just picked up candy canes today… woo woo!


  22. #
    Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}posted November 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Oh my, this is so incredibly pretty and divine! And a whole 8×8″ batch, I swear between my family and I, could certainly polish it off in one night! *epic blush* ;) I love the swirled chocolate on top and the flecks of the candy canes throughout.

    And yes, I’m seasonally challenged too. I made cake batter ice cream in September and still haven’t got around to posting it on my blog yet. So that’ll be coming soon. But then, it’s almost summer in the Southern Hemisphere. LOL.


  23. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted November 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Holiday baking madness – BRING IT ON! This fudge looks absolutely amazing! And it’s totally getting me into the spirit of Christmas :)


  24. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted November 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I have the same fear of boiling fudge, so I love easy to make fudge recipes. Anytime I can make fudge in 5 minutes is a plus in my book. Peppermint and chocolate is a classic…not sure I would share either:-)


  25. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted November 15, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Woah Nelly! This looks good! I’m not normally a chocolate and peppermint lover, but I think I’m coming around slowly…


  26. #
    Jaclynposted November 15, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Sally these look amazing! Yes we do think alike =). I love peppermint and I love fudge, these are perfect!


  27. #
    Ashleyposted November 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Love how simple this looks. I agree – I’ve stayed away from fudge in the past since I don’t want to bother with candy thermometers, etc. But this… hmm may need to make some very soon… : )


  28. #
    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of Foodieposted November 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hooray for peppermint!! I am so excited that the holiday season is here (mostly for peppermint everything…) Plus all of the awesome sweets that come along with it. I have found too many daunting fudge recipes out there, so I like to stick to the simples ones that use sweetened condensed milk too :) It’s the only way to go


    • Sallyreplied on November 15th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I swear by sweetened condensed milk in fudge recipes! I’m going to be pepperminted out by January. If that is such a thing!


  29. #
    Laura @ bakinginpyjamas.composted November 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I love the peppermint fudge, it looks so Christmassy. Can you store this fudge at room temperature or does it have to be stored in the fridge?


  30. #
    matmedmeraposted November 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I never made fudge by my self, now I have too. These are amazing!


  31. #
    JMoneyposted November 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Oh my gosh, I just made this. It is SO good and such a hit with my friends! I was planning on taking it to my co-workers but it might not happen…ha! I’m going to attempt the Andes mint one tomorrow, but quick question – why the shortening in the top layer (I’m baking-dumb)? I pretty much never use shortening so I don’t really want a huge can of it sitting around – could I substitute oil or something?

    Thanks, and your blog is fantastic!


    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Hi! I’m glad you like this fudge – it’s so easy to make and it pleases a crowd! i love the andes mint version as well. the shortening is needed for the top layer of chocolate because it softens and smooths out the melted chocolate. you may use regular melting chocolate and not add the shortening for the top layer if you wish. Hope you enjoy!


  32. #
    Peggyposted November 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    This fudge would be gone in a flash in our house!


    • Sallyreplied on November 18th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Peggy! I love love love this fudge! Let me know if you and your family gobble it up :)


  33. #
    Christopherposted November 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Looks great! When you say “white chocolate chips”, do you mean “white chips” (the white vanilla candy chips in every baking aisle) or do you actually mean chips made of white chocolate? I don’t even know where I’d *find* white chocolate chips . . ..


    • Sallyreplied on November 27th, 2012 at 5:09 am

      Hi Christopher, yep – white baking chips.


  34. #
    cakewhizposted December 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

    oh goodness sally! everything on your list looks sinful! i would like to sample each and every one of those delights….hehe


  35. #
    Soniaposted December 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I’m working on my first batch and will be making a second batch next week. How did you crush your candy canes? I started in the food processor but worried they would become too “pulverized” and took them out half way through and finished by crushing by hand.


    • Sallyreplied on December 12th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Sonia – this is a super fancy way to crush your candy canes… but I put them in a ziplock bag and rolled them with a rolling pin. haha – not fancy at all! I’ve put them in a food processor for about 5-10 seconds before and that did the trick as well. You want larger chunks for this!


  36. #
    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffinposted December 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    These look fabulous! I think I’ll make these for the neighbors. Yum!! Love your pictures.


    • Sallyreplied on December 18th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Hey Kaylie! Thanks for the photo compliment and I wouldn’t mind being your neighbor! :) I have to make this fudge again soon. Like… tonight.


  37. #
    Melissaposted December 31, 2012 at 2:05 am

    This fudge is amazingly delicious! Creamy with a crunch, and beautiful too! Thanks Sally!


  38. #
    Reneeposted November 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I too love peppermint and chocolate probably just as much as you.I love the fresh tingly feeling it leaves in my mouth.But I do have some friends that like peppermint but not chocolate(I didnt know there was such a person lol)so can this be made without the chocolate chips?I absoloutly love your blog.Keep sending those beautiful looking recipes.I’m looking forward too seeing what else u have instore for us this holiday season.My kitchen is gonna be so warm this winter from making all your recipes I probably won’t have too turn the heat on lol.


    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Renee. The base of this fudge is white chocolate, so I’m not sure if your friends have an issue with that? But yes, you can leave out the chocolate chips here. Thank you for your kind words. Hope you enjoy my recipes!


  39. #
    Karenposted November 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I really want to make these for Christmas gifts. Can you really not make this more than a week ahead of time? I want to make them earlier.


    • Sallyreplied on November 29th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I don’t suggest making the fudge over 7 days in advance for the best taste.


  40. #
    Nicoleposted November 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Can White Almond Bark Be Substituted?


    • Sallyreplied on November 29th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      I’m sure it could work. I’ve never tried it before.


  41. #
    Pepe Boboposted December 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    This looks amazing! :) Is it gluten free?


    • Sallyreplied on December 8th, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Yes, provided your candy canes are certified GF.


  42. #
    Karen @ Baking In A Tornadoposted December 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    That fudge looks delicious. My older son, a freshman in college, will be home this week and loves anything chocolate and mint. I have to make this for him.


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