Friday, December 24, 2010

Recipe: Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint is such a seasonal flavor.  It always brings to mind Christmas -- regardless of the time of year.  This peppermint fudge is easy, delicious and not a chocolate fudge.  It uses white chocolate chips instead of chocolate and therefore has a vanilla base for the peppermint flavor to shine through.  I like that the only flavoring comes from crushed peppermint candy canes, but if you want more, feel free to add a few drops of peppermint oil.  I also like that they fudge is marbled with pink feathers from the crushed candies.  This would also be attractive with all the various colored candy canes around (although many of the colored ones are flavored beyond peppermint).

1 can (around 15 oz) condensed milk
2 bags of white chocolate chips, (approximately 14 oz bags) Ghiradelli makes a wonderful white chip
4 crushed candy canes

Line a 9" square dish with parchment over foil.  Butter the parchment.  (Some people skip the parchment, but I don't like to put food directly onto foil.)
Spray a heavy saucepan with cooking spray and place on low heat.  Add the condensed milk and chips.
Stir and melt the chips, then remove from heat.  Stir in the candy canes, but only partially through, as you want it to look marbled.
Pour into prepared pan, cover with waxed paper.
Let come to room temperature.  Slice into squares.  Keep covered in an airtight container.  Enjoy

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