This fudge is ridiculously easy and sinfully delicious. I hosted a small holiday dinner the other night for a volunteer group with which I am associated. Everyone brought a dish and it came together very easily. However, a few hours before the dinner, one couple had to cancel because of a family emergency. That couple was in charge of bringing dessert. It certainly would not have been a big deal if we had to go without dessert as this is a group of wonderfully casual and forgiving folks. However, I had pulled this recipe off of The Pioneer Woman’s site a few days before and happened to have all whopping THREE ingredients that I needed. So I made it. It is truly the quickest homemade dessert I have ever made. AND it was delicious. Forgive the simple photos because my guests were walking in the door as I took it out of the fridge to cut. And after the party, there was no fudge left to stage for a pretty photo (I suppose that’s a good sign!). Why not keep these three ingredients on hand this holiday season…just in case!
Easy Peppermint Fudge
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
8 whole peppermint candies or 2-3 candy canes, crushed (or crushed hazelnuts or walnuts, colored sprinkles, candies etc)
Line an 8 x 8 square pan with foil and smooth the surface. Spray foil with nonstick spray. Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a double boiler over medium heat. Heat until melted, about 5 minutes. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can place a non-plastic bowl over a sauce pan of steaming water. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over low heat stirring constantly and pulling it off the heat periodically to avoid scorching it. Stir until smooth, then immediately pour it into the foil-lined pan. Use a spatula to smooth the surface, then sprinkle on the crushed peppermints.
Refrigerate for 2 hours, then cut into small squares.