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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, peppermint patty cookie bars in October, 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.

overhead image of squares of candy cane chocolate swirl fudge

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, as do these chocolate cookies with candy cane buttercream. Those cookies are great way to use any extra candy canes from the fudge, too!

I do plan to make this fudge 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 1x
  • 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

Reader Questions and Reviews

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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! 

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. Love these amazing!!! Cant wait to make them again tommorrow *****. Also next time can I use peppermint candys??

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