Everyone knows I am not a food snob- just a food lover! So, I wanted to share my exceedingly easy recipe for 5 minute Peppermint Fudge. No candy thermometer. Gasp! No Double Boiler. This recipe is the kind you throw together the night before your office party. Simple. Easy. Fabulous. And since I know my readers are all busy people (lots of us are mommies too) I decided to share my Peppermint Fudge recipe. It is for those of us who need something naturally gluten-free and EASY for their next holiday party.
5 MINUTE PEPPERMINT FUDGE
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 oz bag of gluten-free chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped coarsely
1/2 tsp- 3/4 tsp peppermint extract (I only wanted a hint of mint, so taste and add more if that is the way you like to roll)
2 candy canes, crushed (I pounded mine in a ziploc bag)- optional
Line a 2 qt. square casserole dish with aluminum foil and set aside. In a microwaveable medium bowl, pour in the condensed milk, chocolate chips, and stir in the chopped unsweetened chocolate. Mix to combine. Microwave for about 45 sec. (depending on microwave) and then slowly stir the chocolate. It will melt as you stir. If you need to put it back in the microwave, go ahead, but don’t overheat chocolate- no more than another minute or so. If you want to get out that double boiler, it is the proper way to melt chocolate. This is the hurried, busy way! After you chocolate is melted and stirred, add the peppermint extract to taste. Just remember that a little goes a long way. Pour the chocolate mixture into the casserole dish lined in foil. Sprinkle the mixture with the crushed candy canes. Cover with saran wrap and let the fudge set for at least four hours or overnight. Then cut the fudge into tiny squares and carefully remove the fudge from the foil. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Makes: 25 pieces
Note: If you prefer plain fudge, omit the peppermint extract and the candy canes and use 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla instead.
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