Wondering what to bring to a Christmas party? Mint Chocolate Fudge is a simple, elegant confection that combines the best holiday flavors: peppermint and dark chocolate.
The soothing combination of mint and chocolate makes candies like After Eight a favorite. Now reproduce that same delicious taste in a dessert suitable for any holiday gathering.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves 20 (1-inch squares)
- ½ C butter
- 1 ½ C white sugar
- 5 ounces of evaporated milk
- 7 ounce jar of marshmallow cream
- 12 ounce package of dark chocolate mint morsels. Nestlé produces an exclusive holiday supply of dark chocolate mint morsels. However other brands of chocolate chips can be substituted. Replace vanilla flavoring with peppermint extract if using plain chocolate morsels.
- 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
Mint Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- Begin by buttering a 9 x 11 inch dish. Place the buttered dish in the freezer to chill while preparing the fudge.
- Melt ½ C of butter in a deep skillet over medium-low heat. Add the sugar. When butter melts pour in the evaporated milk. Immediately add the marshmallow cream. Beat the ingredients in slow rhythmic strokes until the marshmallow cream dissolves. The mixture should be smooth and creamy. Keep the mixture at a low boil over medium heat for five to seven minutes. Stir constantly. Brown streaks should begin to appear.
- Consistency is important at this point. The ideal batch should feel smooth and thick with no hint of graininess. If the creamy mixture begins to sugar, remove it from the heat at once. If brown streaks appear but the mixture is thin, keep over the heat for another minute or two. If cooking at a high altitude, expect a longer cooking time.
- After removing from the heat, stir in a twelve-ounce package of the mint chocolate morsels. Keep stirring until the morsels are thoroughly melted. A good batch should begin to stiffen at this point. Add the vanilla and stir rapidly. Pour the fudge into the prepared buttered dish before it begins to set. Smooth the mixture evenly into the dish. Then place the dish in a cool corner for an hour. When the fudge has set it is ready to be cut.
Holiday tip: One-inch squares are the best size for this rich dessert. The fudge goes further and even those counting calories will allow themselves a small morsel of this delicious dessert during the holidays.
Bon Appétit! Garnish with fresh mint leaves and arrange the fudge on a Christmas platter.
Variations on Mint Chocolate Fudge
Try butterscotch fudge, classic chocolate fudge, or peanut butter fudge for other variations on this delicious holiday recipe.