Are you running around like crazy, trying to get things together for the holidays?
Been there, done that.
So I’m not going to take a lot of your time, or mine, explaining how delicious this Candy Cane Swirled Fantasy Fudge is. And how you NEED to make it. And how quick and easy it is.
I’ve been working on it for a few weeks and just couldn’t get it right. Till now.
It’s finally just what I was hoping for: creamy, smooth and bursting with fabulous peppermint and white chocolate flavor. Honestly, Candy Cane Swirled Fantasy Fudge is probably my most favorite recipe of 2014!
If you have 30 minutes, you can whip up a batch of this Candy Cane Swirled Fantasy Fudge. With only six ingredients, it comes together easily; and would be a wonderful project to do with kids. The only hard part is waiting for it to cool down and firm up. But believe me, when you start cutting into this beautiful crimson swirled confection, there will be lots of cheers.
So throw some candy canes, white chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and peppermint extract into your cart next time you’re at the market. You probably have everything else you need. It will be a delicious and fun way to brighten up the holiday season.
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- 3 cups sugar
- ¾ cup butter
- ⅔ cup half and half*
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- 1 7- ounce jar marshmallow creme**
- ½ cup finely crushed candy canes or peppermint candies***
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 teaspoons red food coloring
- Line 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray pan with cooking spray and rub with a paper towel. Set aside. Also spray a small thin-bladed knife with cooking spray (a butter knife works well for this). Set aside.
- Combine sugar, butter and half and half in a sauce pan (at least 3 quart-size) over medium heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly (don't mistake bubbling at the edges for a full boil). Cook for exactly 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
- Add white chocolate chips and allow to sit for 1 minute, then stir until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add marshmallow creme and peppermint extract. Stir again until smooth and well mixed.
- Sprinkle peppermint over the top and gently fold it into the chocolate mixture. Stir just until combined (if you stir too much at this point, mixture will turn pink and the final product won't be as pretty.)
- Pour approximately half of mixture into prepared pan. Spread to cover bottom. Using a small spoon, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the red food coloring in random drops over the surface of the fudge. Quickly pour the other half of the fudge mixture over the red food coloring. Spread evenly. Drizzle the other teaspoon in random drops over the top.
- Using the side of the prepared knife, run it back and forth through fudge creating a swirled pattern. Once you get a pretty swirly pattern, stop. If you swirl too much the whole mixture will turn pink. Cool completely (if you're in a hurry, like I usually am, refrigerate fudge till cool). Use the foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.
*If you live outside the U.S., you may not be familiar with half and half. It's a convenience product frequently used in coffee here in the States. It's simply half milk and half cream.
** Marshmallow creme is a light, creamy marshmallow mixture that's sold in jars. If you can't find it, you can make your own. Try this version from AllRecipes. You can also purchase it online.
*** Make sure you crush the candy canes (or peppermint candies) quite fine - if the pieces are too big, the fudge will break apart when you try to cut it. Don't be tempted to add more crushed peppermint. I tried different amounts and tis is perfect. When I added more, the fudge became grainy.