I have always made fudge at Christmas time for as long as I can remember. Funny thing is it’s not something my own mother does but just something I have always associated with Christmas time. I usually don’t even eat fudge at any other time of the year either. I think it might have all began when I first moved out of the house at 18 years old and couldn’t afford buying presents so I used to make batches of fudge and wrap them up for people as gifts. I actually still love giving fudge out at Christmas time! It’s become my trademark. There is nothing that says Merry Christmas than baked goods.
This recipe was made up by accident too. I have always made regular fudge and for years I couldn’t add walnuts on top due to Buba’s allergies so for the last three years it was a bit boring. This year I spiced it up with some peppermint extract and added the walnuts back on top as Buba just passed his yearly allergy test and is no longer at risk with walnuts. Hurray!
The accidental part was I bought strawberry flavored marshmallow fluff which I didn’t realize until I was literally pouring it in the pan. I thought, well it’s either going to be gaggy sweet or the best flavor combination ever. Luckily for me and the neighbors it was the latter. They all received a lovely package of delicious Christmas fudge.
Strawberry Peppermint Fudge
- 3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 12 oz. milk chocolate chips or chunks
- 1 jar Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff
- 1 cup chopped Walnuts for topping
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tsp American peppermint extract
- Cover a deep sided, rectangle baking sheet with foil, leaving the ends of foil overhanging the edges to pull fudge out later.
- Boil sugar, butter and evaporated milk saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly
- Cook 3 1/2 min. stirring constantly
- Remove from heat.
- Add chocolate and strawberry marshmallow fluff, stir until melted
- Add vanilla and peppermint extracts, mix well
- Pour into foiled pan and spread with spatula for an even surface
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top immediately before it cools.
- Cool completely on the countertop or faster in the fridge or even the freezer
- Use foil edges to lift the fudge from the pan before cutting into squares
You can use regular Marshallow Fluff if you prefer and use any extract flavoring you want in place of the peppermint. This is my favorite combination for Christmas but there are endless options for any special occasion.
Accidents are really how most of my recipes on my blog came about – an accidental purchase or running out of a key ingredient and throwing whatever is leftover in the fridge or cupboard in. I think it’s the best way to find new combinations or alternatives to the things we cook or bake over and over again.
As with all my recipes here on LTM, this is so easy and fast. You can whip up a batch and have it cooling in the freezer in no time. Need a last minute gift or be the hostess with the mostess, yes, that’s a word! You won’t be disappointed.
There are many alternatives you can do too if you don’t care for strawberry or peppermint flavors. Why not try it with white chocolate chips instead? Or regular marshmallow fluff? The options are endless. What will you come up with?