Eleven days ’til Christmas and my true love gave to me… A giant bowl of peppermint fudge and diabetes. Sing it with me!
I know. Another recipe? I heard you over there all, “Yesterday was a recipe. Where are the kids?” Well, the kids are having their mother drive them from school to the soccer field, back home to get a few, pick up an extra, back to the soccer field and then to a winter band concert and the dang week just started.
Anyway… let’s get to the post. A long time ago Ray decided that people are either great cooks or great bakers. A great baker I am not! Baking requires precise measuring and specific temperatures and cooking times. I like the add a dash of this and a little bit of that and cook it a little longer and did we salt it kind of cooking and it usually works in my favor. When I find a sweet treat that is easy to make, looks mostly pretty and tastes fabulous, I’m all about it.
Here’s the secret ingredient that makes this the easiest candy in the world. Pre-crushed peppermint. Y’all. I literally mix and pour and wait a bit and then there is fudge. The only problem is Jack wanting to eat the entire candy dish in one sitting.
So here’s what you do. Pour two cups of white chocolate chips in a bowl. Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk on top and try not to cut your tongue when you lick the dripping lid. Don’t judge me! Add a pinch of salt and microwave it for 60 seconds. Pull it out and stir. You’ll probably need to put it back in for 15 seconds. Stir is again until it’s smooth. Stir in about 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. You know I eyeball it so ABOUT it is. Then add as much crushed peppermint as you want. I have a kiddo in braces so I put in about 1/3 of that bag.
Next you’ll want to pour it in a pan lined with something. I pour mine in a disposable tin casserole pan that I just keep reusing. I line it with heavy duty foil. Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the top. Pop that in the fridge and let it set. I like to leave it overnight. I pull it out, cut it up and put it back in a covered container in the fridge. When I want to serve it, it goes in a pretty glass dish. Of course, that is if the kids haven’t eaten it all.
The awesome part of this recipe is that two cups of any chocolate chip mixed with one can of sweetened condensed milk works. You can mix in nuts or not. I was thinking this morning we love peppermint bark so much. I may layer chocolate and peppermint fudge on the next go round.
[yumprint-recipe id=’8′] This is my Christmas gift to you. Please feel free to share your favorite recipes in the comments.