Gorgeous red velvet fudge topped with crushed peppermints is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season! This delicious fudge recipe is perfect for your holiday candy trays, cookie exchanges and Christmas parties! Leave this fudge for Santa and he’s sure to leave you an extra present or two!
As a kid, I helped my mom make loads of Christmas cookie and candies in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The types of sweets varied year to year, but the one thing that we always made was fudge! Typically the traditional chocolate type with walnuts, but we got more adventurous with peanut butter fudge, and even made our way into chocolate mint territory.
Mom and I would typically make at least 8-10 types of cookies and candies, and would store them in the big deep-freeze that is still in my parents basement today. When a Christmas party or holiday event came around Mom would assemble a beautiful assortment of all the goodies we had made. I always remember her co-workers at school, friends and relatives being in such awe over the copious array of homemade sweets. (Living in a small rural farm town in South Dakota in the early 80’s, we did NOT have Costco to rely on.)
Over the years Mom has cut back on her holiday baking and candy making (its quite a bit of work making 8 different types of candies!), but those sugary-sweet memories remain. This fun holiday memory inspired me to make a Christmas candy that was worthy of Mom’s beautiful sterling silver candy platter. I definitely think this Peppermint Red Velvet Fudge would be the perfect addition!
This fudge is not only pretty and delicious, but it is super-simple to make and definitely simplifies the fudge-making process. It is a microwave version, meaning there is no stove-top cooking or candy thermometers. This fudge starts with white chocolate chips, and just a few other simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.
You’ll begin by melting white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter together in the microwave. Microwave in 1-minute increments and stir after each minute. Once the mixture becomes melted and smooth you can move to the next step.
Once all of the white chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth, you’ll add in peppermint extract and red gel food coloring. Don’t be shy with the food coloring – to achieve this bright red velvet color you’ll need a full 1-oz. bottle. Continue to stir until the color has incorporated into the mixture completely.
From here you’ll pour the red velvet fudge into a 9 x 9″ pan that has been lined and sprayed. FYI – prep your pan before you begin melting the fudge. Having the pan lined with either parchment paper, waxed paper or aluminum foil and lightly sprayed with non-stick baking spray will help remove the fudge from the pan when your ready to cut.
Once you’ve poured the fudge into the prepared pan, made sure to smooth it evenly into the pan. Then, top the fudge with lots of crushed peppermints or candy canes. This makes for a really beautiful finish, and adds a wonderful peppermint crunch to the creamy fudge below. I actually crushed a package of peppermint candies right in my food processor, which made it pretty quick and easy. If you don’t have a food processor, simply placing the candies in a zip-lock back and crushing with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer works just as well.
Once you’ve added the crushed peppermints to the top of the fudge. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. You will want the fudge to be very cold and set before cutting.
When you’re ready to cut the fudge, lift it out of the pan by the parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place on a cutting board, and with a very sharp knife, cut into 1″ squares. It is helpful to rinse your knife with hot water when going through a line.
As the fudge comes to room temperature, it tends to get a bit sticky. I like serving the fudge in these simple mini-muffin liners. They’re great for keeping fingers from getting overly sticky, and look quite pretty on a serving tray. This fudge is fantastic served and garnished with extra peppermints and candy canes, and add some wonderful holiday color to any party or Christmas gathering.
Here is the recipe for this delicious Peppermint Red Velvet Fudge:
I hope this recipe inspires you to make some fun holiday recipes and sweet memories with your kids and grandkids. Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays to you and your family! ~Erin