Peppermint Fudge Recipe
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Peppermint Fudge Recipe

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Three of the season's best flavors-nuts, chocolate and peppermint-combine in a delightful manner in this scrumptious fudge. The two distinct layers are eye-catching-another reason why this candy makes a great holiday gift. —Connie Denmark, St. Joseph, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 83 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan with foil. Grease foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared pan. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  3. For peppermint layer, beat cream cheese in a small bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract until smooth. Stir in peppermint candy. Spread evenly over chocolate layer. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Using foil, lift fudge from pan. Gently peel off foil. Cut into squares. Yield: 1-1/4 pounds.
Originally published as Peppermint Fudge in Taste of Home December/January 2001, p39

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I think this is the BEST fudge ever! I've made it numerous times and everyone who tries it LOVES it! I don't understand the complaints about it being to dry, because I have never had a problem!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"Really good!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I too am looking at a bowl of mostly powdered sugar cocoa dust. There is simply not enough "wet" ingredient to bind the powder together. I think the recipe must be missing an ingredient or has a typo for the amount of cream cheese or milk listed."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"I never tasted it as i gave them to my kids for Christmas. That's my chief complaint as this recipe just doesn't seem to make as much fudge as others. Only a loaf pan instead of a 9 in square. I found it rather dry putting together as well. I give it a three however since my kids made no complaints about it."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"I joined this site just to review this recipe. It is AWFUL. You are basically making thick, oversweet layers of frosting. I doubled the cocoa powder and it still had poor chocolate taste. But worse, it never set properly. I had to throw the lot out. I'm quite skilled in the kitchen and can't figure out what happened and am very curious as to the few good reviews here."

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