If you haven’t had the chance to use up your candy canes before or on Christmas, here’s a yummy sweet treat you can make with those leftover candy canes! This Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge is super-easy to make and the dark chocolate-candy cane combination tastes really great! Part of the recipe calls for heating sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan, and this works best with a nonstick saucepan (it helps prevent the sweetened condensed milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan). And be sure to stir it constantly when heating to prevent browning or burning. When I mixed the melted chocolate in with the butter and condensed milk, my mixture was not super smooth and creamy–it actually had a pretty thick consistency–but I just patted the mixture evenly in the 8″ square pan, topped it with the crushed candy canes, and it came out fine.
DARK CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE FUDGE by NancyC, adapted from Food.com
Makes an 8″ square pan of fudge
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (10-ounce) bag dark chocolate chips
- 1 (12-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/3 cup crushed candy canes
Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving several extra inches of overhang and grease paper with butter or lightly spray with cooking spray.
Heat sweetened condensed milk in a medium nonstick saucepan, stirring constantly, until mixture just starts to bubble or almost starts to bubble (I cooked mine on medium heat for about 5 minutes–that should be long enough).
Remove from heat and add dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and butter to the sweetened condensed milk in the saucepan; cover and let sit about 3 minutes. Then add peppermint extract and stir everything until smooth. Pour or spoon into your prepared 8-inch pan (my mixture was pretty thick, so I had to spoon it in the pan and press it with a piece of waxed paper to spread it evenly). Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, slightly pressing the candy canes into the warm fudge mixture; then chill for several hours, until firm, and cut into small squares.
I usually end up with extra candy canes after Christmas, so I love recipes like this where I can use them up in a yummy way! Have you made any good candy cane recipes this year?