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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. 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. Watch with me:

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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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 oil 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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98 comments

  1. whoa, these look incredible girl!! one of my friends is obsessed with andes mints- these would be perfect for her. i love the green. 🙂 so festive!!

  2. I have a Taste of Home cookbook, Best Recipes. It’s like our CI cookbook in terms of size. Like 1100 pages and this dessert is in that. It’s sort of a Best Of book. And I’ve seen this and wanted to make it! One of the first ‘complicated’ desserts I ever made for my blog was vegan, GF, creme de menthe bars. But Sally…these that you made…AMAZING. I love Andes mints and they are a childhood memory I cherish!

    And great job with the layers/photography!! It’s not easy keeping it all straight and perfectly even..don’t I know 🙂

    • The taste of home cookbook is GIGANTIC! Andes mints are my favorite little chocolate/mint treats – I like them more than york peppermint patties! And yes, it was a real… annoyance… to keep it all looking so clean while cutting! A true blogger eye you have 🙂

  3. OHMYGOODNESS Sally! These are beautiful. I’m in the midst of planning a mini Halloween bash (pumpkin features heavily), but I practically want to scrap the whole gig and turn it into a Christmas party so I can feature this chocolate-mint paradise. Maybe I should just dye them orange instead, lol. Mint chocolate chip ice cream was always my fave as kid–this makes me think of it all grown up!

    • dying it orange – brilliant! I should dye the minty layer pink for my birthday lol. This is an anytime fudge. Thanks Erin!!

  4. Sally these look SO so good. I didn’t even know they made Andes baking chips! How perfect!

  5. I bet my favorite mint chocolate chips would be awesome for this recipe. I love that your fudge has layers. Delish!

  6. Mmmmmm, chocolate and mint is my second favorite combo too! And I love fudge. And Andies. And you, haha! This look awesome, girl!

  7. I knew it would be something scary awesome! Looks insane!

  8. Minty chocolate action is the complete opposite of boring! It’s absolutely spectacular, and I’m sure this would be such a hit with my friends and family!

    • I hate boring, plain fudge and these layers are definitely something different. My friends LOVED it! Thanks Chung-Ah 🙂

  9. What a fab idea for fudge! I’ve always loved Andes Mints.

  10. So cute! It’s amazing how much it looks like a super sized Andes mint.

  11. OH. EM. GEE. I’m pretty much speechless. Andes Mints are one of those dang candies I can’t resist. I just love mint and chocolate together (and for me, a little more than choc+pb… I know!) This fudge looks insane. The bottom layer alone looks so melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and then you threw a delicious green peppermint layer on that and I was sold. Plus, you can’t go wrong going the extra mile with some chocolate chips + Andes mint bars on top. You rule.

    • YOU rule! I can’t resist Andes Mints either Hayley. I’ve eaten almost an entire row of this fudge in the past two days. SO DANG GOOD!

  12. I love you.

  13. Those look wuuunnnndddeerrrrfulll!!! Great Holiday gift idea…to mix it up, do you think that using the peppermint xtract with red and then using smashed candycanes would work also? You come up with the most amazing things….yummy!
    You mentioned they keep 2 weeks in closed container in fridge..(if they’re not munched away sooner 😉 ) Can you freeze them?

    • Hi Sally! You are a genius! I think I may try that peppermint fudge idea. So yes, dying the middle layer red and sprinkling iwht candy canes is a brilliant idea and would definitely work. Yes, the fudge will freeze & thaw well!

  14. I am totally opposite, I could eat chocolate by itself all the time. And this recipe make me leaking 😉

  15. Who are you kidding, Sal? You love chocolate over fruity/pumpkiny/caramel-y/peanut buttery desserts… Because it’s chocolate. And it’s you.

  16. I was the same, I favoured chocolate over fruits but now they’re equally delicious and I love mixing one with the other! 🙂 I tend to balance out chocolate with cake and candy! LOL

    But on the other hand I LOVEEE chocolate and mint flavours (I hate mint candies though, yeh I’m weird!) I love that these are dark/plain chocolate too- my fave to bake with. We don’t get the Andes mint things here but we get “after eight” chocolate candies which are mint cremes covered in dark chocolate. I think you get them there, Wikipedia says they sell them in N.America? But had given me a little blogspiration! 🙂

  17. I swear, your stuff is food porn. Love this fudge!! You need to do a photography post. Your stuff is beautiful!!!

    • Dorothy – THANK YOU! I am still learning everyday as far as photography goes! It’s the toughest part. That means a lot 🙂

  18. Genius! I adore andes mints! Everything you make looks totally mouthwatering!

  19. WOW – these look SO. GOOD. These will definitely be featured on my goodie list for Christmas this year!

  20. Andes are one of my all-time favorite little treats–such good childhood memories for me. I still get excited when restaurants give me one after dinner…is that weird? Chocolate and mint is my fave combo, and this fudge? Sally, you are seriously amazing. I don’t know how you do it. Everything you make is gorgeous. I totally agree with Dorothy–do a photography post!!!! Please?

    • I’m blushing! You are so sweet, Ashley! I plan to do a photography post at some point, but I have a few tricks I’m still trying to master. THANK YOU for the kind words though. Always makes my day b/c the photos are the hardest part for me!

  21. There are few things I love as much as mint and chocolate, but I love love how you captured that perfect Andes mint green!

    • Thank you Jess! Just a simple two drops of green food dye for that perfect light mint green color – no more, no less! 🙂

  22. Too funny, I have Taste of Home (everything)…(little known fact I am a field editor for them, you can see my name in the back of magazines)…I have been wanting to make this fudge forever!! And now, even more so, as I wipe the drool off my keyboard!

    • that is the coolest thing, Aimee! I had no idea. I’m jealous – what a team to be apart of! This fudge? yes, a must make from ToH!

  23. Wow…Sally – this sounds so delicious, but so simple. I love it (and I know my husband would love it too because he loves anything mint!) I really love your blog and always get such inspiration from your recipes 🙂

  24. I make alot of baked goodies & friends love my fudge so much! They posted your recipe on my Facebook page so I’m gonna give it a try! Looks so yummy! 🙂

    • That’s so wonderful Carly! I love this fudge and since you’re the fudge ueen – you must try it. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

      • Thanks. Sally, I will let you know how it turns out. I have a few bake sales coming up too so will add to my goodies 🙂

  25. corrected my name lol

  26. These are insane! I use the same fudge base as you and think it makes the absolute best fudge !

  27. Taste of home cookbooks are my favorite and the seasonal magazines! OMG I could spend hours just thumbing them.
    These bars look amazing, just linked to them in my 100 chocolate recipes round-up

    • Love Taste of Home! MY most treasured cookbook. Thank you for the link Roxanna, 100 chocolate recipes.. oh my. Sounds like HEAVEN. checking it out now 🙂

  28. Hi! This looks absolutely delicious but I don’t have any shortening on hand and would prefer not to buy it just for 1 tsp. Is there something I can substitute?

  29. This looks wonderful and I’m planning on trying it out! But I could only find white chips that are vanilla flavored…? Will it still taste ok?

  30. oh my word!!! Gonna have to try this 🙂 ty

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