Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

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

squares of candy cane fudge

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. But I’m warning you now, this is only the beginning of the holiday baking madness!

I made this candy cane chocolate swirl 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.

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This swirlytwirlychocolatewhitechocolatecandycanecrunch 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.

My latest fudgy creation could NOT get any easier. 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.

The combination of melted white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk is your fudge base. If you’d like, you can use this base for whatever add-ins you prefer – it’s a wonderful blank canvas and completely versatile for all sorts of fudge varieties. 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.

squares of candy cane chocolate swirl fudge

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 swear…

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squares of candy cane chocolate swirl fudge on a silpat baking mat

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 48 squares
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 3 cups (540g) white chocolate morsels (or 540g pure white chocolate)
  • 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


  1. Line 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Make Ahead Instructions: Fudge squares can be frozen lined between sheets of parchment paper in a tupperware for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Keywords: candy cane fudge


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  1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin says:

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

    1. 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.

      1. how do you make fudge?

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

  4. 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.

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

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

  6. Can White Almond Bark Be Substituted?

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

  7. This looks amazing! 🙂 Is it gluten free?

    1. Yes, provided your candy canes are certified GF.

  8. Karen @ Baking In A Tornado says:

    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.

  9. This looks so good – can’t wait to try it! Do you happen to know the weight or cup measurement for the candy canes? I have already crushed my peppermint candy for other recipes, so I’m not sure exactly how much 8 candy canes is. Thanks!

    1. I don’t… sorry! Truly, you can add however much you’d like. Without going overboard of course.

  10. Hi! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    I’m wondering if I can make this and your Confetti Cake Batter Cookies ahead of time and freeze for 3 weeks before a holiday party?

    1. Definitely. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

  11. Just finished making the peppermint fudge to put in our neighbor’s dish before we return it back to them. I’m so thankful the whole batch of fudge didn’t fit so I was able to enjoy more than just a “taste”. What a great, super easy and festive recipe. This is a keeper, thank you!

  12. I’m going to make these and wrap them up in in cellophane bags for my friends, I have a feeling I will be very popular when I bring them to school. Thanks for the awesome recipe Sally!

  13. Hi Sally! These look amazing, and I’m hoping to include these on a little christmas baked-goods gift for my sister and her husband. I’m not sure if they’re into white chocolate, so I was wondering if this would still work if I flip flopped this around and used regular chocolate for the base and the white chocolate for the swirl? Let me know what you think! Thanks!!

    1. Yep, that would work Grace.

  14. I made this recipe last night and it did not set in 3 hours – or at all. I left it in the fridge overnight and it still didnt set! i dont know how to fix it and I was going to give this as a gift with xmas cards today. how can i fix this — i see online i could add confectionors sugar to it?

    1. Hi Mariam– did you alter the recipe at all? Did you use full fat sweetened condensed milk and 3 full cups of white chocolate morsels? If you care to make it again, you may reduce SCM down to about 11 ounces.

      1. First off, thank you for responding so quickly! I am hoping to fix my current batch i made three times as much (with different festive colors using food coloring).

        I didn’t alter the recipe at all – i used full fat sweetened condensed milk and whit chocolate baking chips. the only thing i can think of is that i didn’t cook it enough? i didnt put the chips directly in a pot, I used a metal bowl with the chips and milk over top a pot with boiling water to heat the steel bowl of choc chips. From fear of having my chocolate get stuck to the pot directly and get burnt (like i have done in the past).

        if i reheat it up and add more chocolate (because u recommended using less milk) then this should help? or is it better to reheat and add confectioners sugar and let it set again.

      2. For this batch– I would reheat and add more chocolate chips, yes.

  15. I used this white chocolate base to make cookies and cream fudge with or eos not the weekend. It was a huge hit! People couldn’t believe the fudge was home made. They said it was the best home made fudge they had ever had 🙂 I got some candy canes marked down from the super market so will make the candy cane one soon!

  16. Looks delicious! What size candy canes did you use? The minis are probably not big enough, so I’m thinking maybe the size that would be hung on the tree for decoration. Would that be correct? I bet the chocolate mint ones would work also. Thanks for the help.

    1. The regular size for hanging on trees, yes!

      1. Thank you!

  17. I wish you could tell us a measure of the crushed candy canes. Those things come in such a wide array of sizes that it leaves me with no confidence making this recipe. I would hate to waste expensive ingredients…

  18. These look amazing! Could you substitute regular semi-sweet chips or the white chips?

    1. You sure can!

  19. Hi! I love your confetti fudge recipe, so I’m going to try this one for a holiday party at work! The stores around me are currently out of classic candy canes (they’re all the fruity ones,) so I bought peppermints to crush. How much do you think you’d use? Thank you! 

    1. I’d add 1 cup to the fudge 🙂

  20. I made the candy cane fudge this weekend for a cookie exchange. Super simple and came together easily. I added a bit more peppermint extract for my taste. Mine didn’t look as pretty as yours with the swirl, but that’s probably due to my inexperience with the recipe and it didn’t affect the delicious taste. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

  21. I bought candy canes crushed, so already crushed can’t canes, how much should I use? So what is the measurement of 8 crushed candy canes in cups?

    1. Hi Jocelyn! I would use about 1/2 cup crushed candy canes to start. You can always add more after you stir in the 1/2 cup– if you want more in your fudge.

  22. Hi,
    How many pieces does this make? I know it says 48 in the recipe, but it doesn’t seem possible to get 48 pieces out of a 8×8 pan


    1. Hi Maggie! If you cut the squares into tiny 1 – 1.5 inch squares, you’ll get around that amount. This is fudge and the squares are meant to be tiny.

  23. If I use either dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of white chocoalte as the base of this recipe, should I still top with chocolate chips & swirl them in at the end?

    1. You can leave them out 🙂 Enjoy!

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