This easy Peppermint Fudge is smooth and creamy with crunchy peppermint candy pieces in every bite! It’s a decadent holiday treat that everyone will want in their stocking. Plus, this fudge recipe is super easy to make and is naturally gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan dairy-free and easily paleo, low carb or keto.
Updated December 2023
Deliciously Decadent Peppermint Fudge Recipe
Are you ready to indulge your sweet tooth in a treat that’s not only irresistibly creamy but also boasts a burst of refreshing peppermint flavor? This Peppermint Fudge is the best holiday treat with a delightful blend of rich ingredients that will leave your taste buds tingling.
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, this simple yet wholesome minty fudge recipe is sure to impress and so easy to make! You don’t even have to touch your stove or oven! If you want a low-stress Christmas dessert or need a last-minute holiday gift, this easy fudge recipe couldn’t have come at a better time. It only takes 5 minutes to put together and 30 minutes to set up in the freezer.
Plus, it’s a versatile recipe that is suitable whether are sharing with any friends or family that are vegan, dairy-free and easily paleo if you leave out the peppermint candies. You can also make it low-carb if you’d like! It’s a beautiful-looking treat filled with chocolate and peppermint goodness.
It doesn’t take a ton of ingredients to make this fudge. Most of the items have a simple substitution so you won’t have to worry about making a trip to the grocery store.
- Coconut Butter (Coconut Manna): This velvety ingredient provides a luscious texture and a subtle coconut undertone to the fudge.
- Vegan butter: Enhances the overall smoothness of the fudge. Refined coconut oil, ghee or unsalted butter can be a suitable substitute if you’re not dairy-free.)
- Maple Syrup: Sweetening the deal, maple syrup brings natural sweetness. For those on a low-carb or keto journey, consider swapping with Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup or yacon syrup.
- Creamy Cashew Butter: A key player in achieving that creamy consistency, cashew butter contributes a nutty richness. Feel free to experiment with other nut butter options.
- Cacao Powder or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Introducing a deep, chocolatey flavor, this ingredient elevates the fudge to a new level of decadence.
- Peppermint Extract: The star of the show! Peppermint extract imparts a refreshing zing that perfectly complements the richness of the fudge.
- Vanilla Extract: Enhancing the overall flavor profile, vanilla extract adds a touch of warmth and sweetness.
- Fine Sea Salt: A pinch of salt balances the sweetness, intensifying the other flavors.
- Crushed Peppermint Candies or Candy Canes: Elevate your fudge with a festive touch of crushed candies, but feel free to omit or choose sugar-free / no sugar candy canes or hard peppermint candies of choice. A few vegan / organic compliant brands are Yum Earth, SweetOrganics, or 365 Wholefoods. You can also omit if preferred.
How to Make Peppermint Fudge
This is probably the easiest homemade fudge you’ll ever make. All you need is a microwave, a freezer, and a little over half an hour to complete your Christmas fudge.
- Prepare for Baking: Line a 9×5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Melt: Melt the coconut butter and vegan butter (coconut oil) in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments or in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Whisk until smooth: Whisk in the maple syrup and cashew butter until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients: Add cacao powder, peppermint extract, vanilla and salt.
- Whisk again: Whisk until smooth and combined.
- Top with optional Peppermint Pieces & Chill: Transfer the mixture into the lined pan in a smooth and even layer. Add optional crushed candies evenly over the top and place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until fudge is set.
- Cut & Serve: Remove your fudge from the pan and use a sharp knife to cut it into even squares. Serve and enjoy!
Tips for Success
- Line the Pan: Lining your loaf pan with parchment paper will help you pull your fudge right out when it’s finished. Be sure not to skip this step, or it may stick to the pan.
- Mix Candies into Fudge: You can never have enough peppermint crunch, in my opinion. Make your fudge even mintier by mixing in some crushed peppermint in addition to sprinkling it on top.
- Temperature Control is Key: When melting coconut butter and oil, use low heat to prevent overheating. This ensures a smooth and velvety texture in your fudge.
- Crush Peppermints in a Bag: The easiest (and cleanest) way to crush your peppermint candies is by putting them in a sealed plastic bag and using a rolling pin or a wooden spoon to crush them up.
- Sharp Knife: Use a sharp knife for clean and easy slicing.
- Consistency Matters: Achieve the perfect fudge consistency by thoroughly whisking the mixture. This prevents any lumps and ensures a silky finish.
- Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality ingredients to enhance the overall taste and texture of your fudge. This is especially important for the cocoa powder and extracts.
Variations and Substitutions:
- Nutty Bliss: Swap cashew butter with almond butter for a nuttier profile or experiment with hazelnut butter for a distinct twist.
- Chocolate Mint Delight: Add a layer of melted dark chocolate or white chocolate on top like our White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge before freezing for an extra festive experience.
- Nut-Free Option: Replace nut butter with sunflower seed butter for a nut-free alternative without compromising creaminess.
- Spiced Infusion: Incorporate a pinch of cinnamon or a dash of chili powder for a subtle kick.
- Nut Butter: Experiment with different nut butters like our Easy Peanut Butter Fudge for unique flavors.
- Classic Fudge: Omit the peppermint extract and peppermint candies for a classic chocolate fudge experience.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Can I use regular butter instead of coconut oil in this recipe? A: Absolutely! While coconut oil adds a hint of tropical flavor, you can substitute it with vegan butter or ghee for a different taste profile. Choose an option that aligns with your preferences or dietary needs.
Q2: How do I adjust the sweetness level in this homemade peppermint fudge? A: Experiment with different sweeteners based on your dietary preferences. If you’re following a low-carb or keto lifestyle, consider using sugar-free maple syrup or yacon syrup. Taste the mixture as you go and adjust according to your desired level of sweetness.
Q3: Can I make this fudge ahead of time for an event? A: Absolutely! This Peppermint Fudge is an excellent make-ahead treat. Prepare it in advance, cut it into squares, and store it in the refrigerator. It’s ready to impress your guests whenever you are.
Q5: How long will the fudge stay fresh in the refrigerator? A: Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the fudge can stay fresh for up to two weeks. Just be sure to resist the temptation to eat it all in one sitting!
Q6: Are there any nut-free alternatives for the cashew butter? A: Certainly! If you have nut allergies or prefer a nut-free version, try using sunflower seed butter as a substitute for cashew butter. It maintains the creamy texture without compromising on flavor.
Q7: Can I add other toppings besides crushed peppermint candies? A: Absolutely! Get creative with your toppings. Consider adding chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or even a drizzle of melted chocolate for an extra layer of indulgence.
Q8: Can I serve this fudge at room temperature? A: While the fudge is delightful when served chilled, you can certainly bring it to room temperature before serving if you prefer a softer texture. Allow it to sit out for a bit before indulging for a slightly different experience.
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This easy homemade Peppermint Fudge is smooth and creamy with crunchy peppermint candy pieces in every bite! It's a decadent holiday treat that everyone will want in their stocking. Plus, this fudge recipe is super easy to make and is naturally gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan dairy-free and easily paleo, low carb or keto.
- 1 cup coconut butter , also known as (coconut manna)
- 1/4 cup vegan butter , you can also sub with refined coconut or ghee if you're not dairy-free. Unsalted butter works too.
- 1/2 cup maple syrup , for low carb/keto, sub with Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup or yacon syrup
- 1/2 cup creamy cashew butter , or sub with another nut butter or seed butter of your choice.
- 1/3 cup cacao powder , or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
- 2 tbsp crushed peppermint candies or crushed candy canes (use sugar-free / no sugar candy canes or hard peppermint candies of choice. A few vegan / organic compliant brands are Yum Earth, Sweet Organics, or 365 Wholefoods. You can also omit if preferred.
Line a 9x5” loaf pan with parchment paper.
Melt coconut butter and coconut oil in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments or in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Whisk in the maple syrup and cashew butter until smooth. Add cacao powder, peppermint extract, vanilla and salt, and whisk until smooth and combined.
Transfer the mixture into the lined pan in a smooth and even layer. Add optional crushed candies evenly over the top and place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until fudge is set.
Remove your fudge from the pan and use a sharp knife to cut it into even squares.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.