The Easiest Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

mint fudgeI wasted years being impressed when someone would walk into an event or cookie exchange with a plate of fudge.  YEARS!!!

I always assumed that this candy delight was incredibly difficult to make and included hours of slaving over a hot cauldron, stirring chocolate to perfection.  I’m about to blow your mind.

 

When I was young, our family would visit the boardwalk.  I, like every other child in Wildwood, NJ, would walk past the candy store on the boardwalk and feel the physical pull to the storefront.  The whole front of the store was glass.  I used to think it was because they just didn’t want to miss out on the view of the ocean, but now I know they were most likely marketing geniuses.

As you walked past the store it would whisper to your senses.  All the brightly wrapped candies in glass cases were first to catch your eye.  The smell ….

I may need a minute here.

Whew!  The smell is what I imagine Heaven is going to smell like.    We would stand at the window and watch as a worker stood over a ginormous copper pot filled with smooth, creamy fudge.  He would stand there for what felt like hours doing nothing but stirring the chocolate with a spoon the size of a canoe paddle.  When he was done stirring and the mixture was at just the right texture and consistency, he would call over 62 other guys to help him pour out the fudge onto a marble slab where he would then scrape, form, and cut it into perfect little bite sized pieces.  It was always an EPIC moment when he would turn to those around and ask if they wanted to taste a sample of the ends that were not perfect enough to be sold in the case.

Uhhh…. Yeah, sign me up.  My mama didn’t raise no dummy!  My day was absolutely made if they were making mint chocolate chip fudge or Peanut butter cup fudge.  Day. Made!  Free fudge in my favorite flavors, vacation made.

block of fudge

So you see, this memory stuck in my little girl mind.  It made fudge out to be something only someone of Jacque Torres skill level could create.  You could color me shocked when I first realized fudge is accessible to everyone, no matter the skill level, with only a few basic ingredients.  If you can melt chocolate chips in the microwave, you too can make fudge.

Even if you can’t melt chocolate chips in the microwave, I want you to be able to have fudge whenever you want it or need it, so I am going to teach you how.  Today is your lucky day!!!!

I really wasn’t kidding when I said this was incredibly easy.  In an attempt to transport myself back to the Wildwood boardwalk, we are going to make mint chocolate chip fudge.

Here we go….

Step 1- Melting the Chocolate.

In a microwavable bowl, combine your chocolate chips and coconut oil together.  Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 45 seconds.  Stir the chocolate mixture together and allow all the chips to melt.  If you still have some chunks in your mixture, place the bowl back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.

Step 2- Assembling the Fudge

Once your chocolate is the right consistency, you are ready to assemble the fudge.  Add food coloring, Peppermint Oil or extract, and sweetened condensed milk to your melted chocolate and whisk it all together.  It will get thick quickly, don’t be alarmed.  Finally, add in the mini chocolate chips into the mixture.  Pour your fudge into a lined 8×8 pan.  If you have any left, I like to add a few extra chocolate chips to the top of the fudge.

Step 3- Waiting (this is the hardest step)

Place the pan into the refrigerator and allow it to firm for about an hour.  Once the fudge has set firm, cut into cubes and enjoy.

I promised you that it was easy, no copper pot or canoe paddle needed.  Now for the love of all that is holy, GO MAKE FUDGE!


Peppermint Chocolate Chip Fudge

Prep Time: 5 mins
Sit Time: 1 hour
Yields: approx. 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • 2, 12 oz. Bags of White Chocolate Chips
  • 1, 14 oz. Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips, plus a few reserved for topping
  • 6 Drops of Green Food Coloring
  • 4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil or 1 tsp. Peppermint Extract

Directions:

  1. In a microwavable bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil together. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate mixture together and allow all the chips to melt. If you still have some chunks in the mixture, place bowl back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.
  2. To melted chocolate, add food coloring, Peppermint Oil or extract, and sweetened condensed milk and whisk it all together. Stir mini chocolate chips into the mixture. Pour your fudge into a lined 8x8 pan. If you have any chocolate chips left, I like to add a few extra to the top of the fudge.
  3. Place the pan into the refrigerator and allow it to firm for about an hour. Once the fudge has set firm, cut into cubes and enjoy.

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