Peppermint Crunch Andes Candies Fudge

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Peppermint Crunch Andes Candies Fudge is an easy, microwaveable fudge that is perfect for the holidays! Great as teacher, friend, and neighbor gifts! 

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Minty Andes Candy Fudge

There are certain candies everyone remembers as kids. For me, I can remember getting Andes mints clearly at special events- visiting family members, after a really nice dinner- they were always something from a great night.

I was recently making up a ton of fudge for friend and teacher gifts, and I stumbled across some delicious looking peppermint crunch Andes- and knew I needed to make something with them!

I am using a simple, microwaveable vanilla fudge recipe as a perfect base for these delicious pepperminty treats. They are perfect for Christmas- and look just as beautiful as they taste!

Fudge is one of my hands down favorite gifts to give- it is quick, tasty, and easy- and this version is incredibly simple. The hands-on time is less than 5 minutes- and it sets in the fridge or freezer in less than 2 hours.

It’s great for people who have huge Christmas lists and lots of people to give gifts to this year- simply pop them into a cute bag or box- or even in a decked out mason jar with some cute decorative accents (I grabbed Jar Bling from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores- it makes a perfectly festive present!!)

white fudge with peppermint candy canes in it

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Peppermint Fudge

Quality Ingredients: Start with high-quality chocolate and pure peppermint extract for the best flavor.

Smooth Texture: To ensure a smooth and creamy texture, use sweetened condensed milk or heavy cream as the base. Avoid using low-fat or non-fat ingredients.

Use a Candy Thermometer: Fudge can be finicky. Cooking it to the right temperature (typically between 234°F and 240°F or 112°C to 115°C) ensures it sets properly.

Consistent Heat: Cook the fudge on medium heat rather than high to avoid burning. Stir constantly to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Line Your Pan: Use parchment paper or aluminum foil to line your pan. This makes it easier to lift the fudge out and cut it into squares.

Chill Before Cutting: Once you pour the fudge into the pan, allow it to cool at room temperature for a bit. Then, place it in the refrigerator to set before cutting. This helps in achieving clean edges.

Crushed Peppermint: Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies or candy canes on top for added texture and flavor. Press them slightly into the top so they adhere.

Store Properly: Fudge can become too soft or too hard if not stored properly. Keep it in an airtight container at room temperature if you’ll be eating it within a week, otherwise, refrigerate it. Always avoid storing in humid areas.

Don’t Rush: Making fudge requires patience. If you try to rush the process by increasing the heat, you risk burning or ruining the texture.

Experiment with Layers: For a visually appealing fudge, consider layering plain chocolate fudge with peppermint fudge.

Keep Utensils Dry: When working with chocolate, even a small amount of water can cause it to seize, leading to a grainy texture. Ensure all your utensils are dry.

Fine Salt: If adding salt, use fine sea salt or kosher salt. This will ensure even distribution and enhance the flavor without overpowering it.

Creamy Finish: If you like creamier fudge, consider adding a bit of unsalted butter to the mixture.


My fudge didn’t set. What can I do?

If your fudge is too soft, you can melt it down again, cook it a bit longer (using a candy thermometer to reach the soft ball stage), then pour and set again.

Can I add other ingredients to my peppermint fudge?

Absolutely! Consider adding nuts, chocolate chips, or swirls of white chocolate for variation.

How do I prevent my fudge from drying out?

Store it in an airtight container. If refrigerating, bring it to room temperature before serving to ensure the best texture.

Why is my fudge grainy?

Graininess can occur if the sugar isn’t fully dissolved or if the mixture is overcooked. Always stir thoroughly and consider using a candy thermometer.

Can I use fresh mint instead of peppermint extract?

While fresh mint gives a different flavor profile, you can infuse the cream or condensed milk with mint leaves for a natural mint flavor. However, for the classic peppermint taste, peppermint extract is recommended.

How do I store peppermint fudge?

Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze it, separating layers with parchment paper.

Is there a difference between peppermint extract and mint extract?

Yes, peppermint extract has a stronger, more pungent flavor typical of candy canes, while mint extract can be a blend of spearmint and peppermint, resulting in a milder flavor.

white fudge with peppermint candy canes in it

When to Enjoy with your Fudge

Peppermint fudge can be paired with various treats and drinks to create a delightful experience. Here are some suggestions to enjoy with peppermint fudge:

  1. Hot Drinks:
    • Hot Chocolate: The creaminess of the chocolate pairs wonderfully with the cool peppermint.
    • Coffee or Espresso: The bitterness complements the sweetness of the fudge.
    • Tea: Especially herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint itself.
  2. Cold Drinks:
    • Milk: Especially cold milk; it balances the sweetness and richness.
    • Iced Coffee: A chilled, slightly sweetened coffee drink can complement the peppermint fudge well.
  3. Ice Cream:
    • Vanilla Ice Cream: A scoop alongside peppermint fudge can be delightful.
    • Chocolate Ice Cream: For a double-chocolate treat.
    • Mint Chocolate Chip: If you’re a big fan of minty flavors.
  4. Baked Goods:
    • Shortbread Cookies: The buttery flavor is a great counterpart to the fudge.
    • Brownies: For a rich, chocolatey experience.
    • Chocolate Chip Cookies: A classic choice.
  5. Fruits:
    • Strawberries: Fresh or dipped in chocolate.
    • Raspberries: Their tartness can counterbalance the sweetness of the fudge.
  6. Nuts:
    • Roasted Almonds or Hazelnuts: They add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
    • Pecans or Walnuts: Especially if they are candied or roasted.
  7. Whipped Cream: A dollop on top or on the side can add a light, airy texture.
  8. Cheese:
    • Cream Cheese: On a cracker with a small piece of fudge can be surprisingly tasty.
    • Brie: The creaminess of the cheese can complement the fudge.
  9. Wine & Spirits:
    • Dessert Wines: Like a rich Port or a sweet Muscat.
    • Creamy Liqueurs: Such as Baileys Irish Cream or a minty liqueur like Crème de Menthe.
  10. Dark Chocolate: Especially if the fudge is very sweet, the bitterness of dark chocolate can provide a nice contrast.

Try more of my favorite dessert recipes:

Also try other fudges like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge, Single Serve Microwave Peppermint Fudge, Christmas Candy Cookie Dough Fudge, Rocky Road Fudge, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge!

Peppermint Crunch Andes Candies Fudge Recipe

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Peppermint Crunch Andes Candies Fudge

This delicious minty fudge is packed with crunchy peppermint candy cane crunch, perfect for Christmas time!
Course Candy & Sweets
Cuisine American
Keyword Andes, Andes candies, candy, christmas desserts, christmas fudge, fudge, minty fudge
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 8 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 26 pieces
Calories 295kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 8 oz. White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Chopped Andes Peppermint Crunch Candies
  • ½ cup butter divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 3.9 oz. package Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  • Line 8-inch square pan with Foil, with ends of foil extending over sides.
  • Microwave chocolate, butter, and water in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted.
  • Add dry pudding mix and stir until mixture becomes thick and creamy.
  • Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring after each addition until well blended.
  • Add candies to fudge and stir quickly (don’t overstir or candy color will bleed out onto fudge).
  • Press onto bottom of prepared pan with back of spatula.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours or freeze 30 minutes- until firm.
  • Eat or pack in airtight container with parchment paper between each layer and store in refrigerator.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 105mg | Sugar: 37g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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