candy cane fudge

Candy Cane Fudge

This delicious, dairy-free Candy Cane Fudge is perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion. You’ll love how easy and quick it is to whip up a batch of these fantastic fudge squares for a fun dessert or to give as gifts to family and friends.

candy cane fudge

When the holidays roll around, there are always a lot of fun dessert recipes using the refreshing taste of peppermint. This candy cane fudge is one of our favorites because it’s got that delicious peppermint flavor, but it’s also really easy to make.

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients, and you can have your candy cane fudge ready to go in no time.

This recipe uses full-fat coconut milk as the base which gives the candy cane fudge a really rich, creamy texture. It also makes this recipe dairy-free along with being both gluten-free and vegetarian.

You’ll make a homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk by mixing coconut sugar and full-fat coconut milk together and cooking down until a thick milk mixture is formed.

If you’re looking for a delicious, addictive treat for your family or for gifts, this candy cane fudge is exactly what you need.

💗Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The entire recipe is made with 4 simple ingredients.
  • This fudge is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
  • Whip up a batch to give as a fun Christmas gift.
  • This decadent fudge has a rich, creamy texture that melts in your mouth.

🍬Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chocolate Chips – You’ll need dairy-free, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to make up the base of the chocolate flavor.
  • Crushed Candy Canes – Used to give this fudge a classic peppermint taste with a bit of crunch.
  • Full Fat Coconut Milk – Adds a rich texture to the fudge that makes it creamy, dense, and free of dairy. You can also purchase a can of sweetened condensed coconut milk.
  • Coconut Sugar – Helps sweeten the fudge with non-refined sugar.
  • Chocolate Chips – You’ll need dairy-free, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to make up the base of the chocolate flavor.
  • Crushed Candy Canes – Used to give this fudge a classic peppermint taste with a bit of crunch.
  • Full Fat Coconut Milk – Adds a rich texture to the fudge that makes it creamy, dense, and free of dairy. You can also purchase a can of sweetened condensed coconut milk.
  • Coconut Sugar – Helps sweeten the fudge with non-refined sugar.

🥥How To Make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

Combine coconut milk and coconut sugar in a pot over the stove. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.

vegan condensed milk step 1

step 2 for making vegan condensed milk
step 3 for making vegan condensed milk

🍫How To Make Dairy-Free Candy Cane Fudge

1️⃣Prepare the sweetened condensed coconut milk: Combine coconut milk and coconut sugar in a pot over the stove. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.

2️⃣Combine milk and chocolate: Mix chocolate chips and vegan condensed sweetened milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes, then stir until chocolate is melted.

3️⃣Fold in the candy canes: To the melted fudge mixture, add half of the crushed candy canes and stir until evenly distributed.

4️⃣Pour and set: Pour mixture into a 4″x4″ food storage container lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces on top. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Cut into 18 pieces.

👩🏻‍🍳Recipe Tips & Flavor Variations

When melting the chocolate with the condensed milk, be sure to only microwave 30 seconds at a time and stir to keep it from burning.

Most fudge is set and ready to cut in 30 minutes, but it may take longer depending on how cold your fridge is.

If your fudge mixture is too runny, add some powdered sugar to thicken it.

If anything goes awry with your fudge, simply re-melt the mixture at any time and adjust the ingredients as needed.

For variations on the recipe, try substituting the crushed candy canes with other ingredients such as candy bits, fruit zest, nuts, nut butter, or 1 tsp extract of your choice.

🧊Storing & Freezing

Storing: To store, wrap candy cane fudge in parchment paper or plastic wrap, place it in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to one week.

Freezing: If you want to store the candy cane fudge for longer, freeze it in an airtight container for up to a month. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

FAQ

Are candy canes vegetarian?

Yes, candy canes are vegetarian. They can contain gelatin which is derived from animal products, but there are some vegan candy canes on the market as well.

Do I have to use dairy-free chocolate chips?

No, you don’t have to use dairy-free chocolate chips if they aren’t available to you or if you’re not dairy-free. Any type of chocolate chips will work in this recipe.

Can I use candy canes with peppermint extract instead of the crushed candy canes?

Yes, you can use candy canes with peppermint extract instead of crushed candy canes. Just omit the step where you add the candy canes to the fudge mixture. Add about ¼ tsp peppermint extract to the melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk mixture.

🎁More holiday gift recipe ideas

Homemade gifts are often the best gifts! If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out these recipes:

candy cane fudge

Easy Candy Cane Fudge

This delicious, dairy-free Candy Cane Fudge is perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion. You'll love how easy and quick it is to whip up a batch of these fantastic fudge squares for a fun dessert or to give as gifts to family and friends.
5 from 9 votes
Prep 1 hr
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Servings 18 pieces
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips dark or semi-sweet
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes
  • 1 14-oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the sweetened condensed coconut milk: Combine coconut milk and coconut sugar in a pot over the stove. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Combine milk and chocolate: Mix chocolate chips and vegan condensed sweetened milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes, then stir until chocolate is melted.
  • Fold in the candy canes: To the melted fudge mixture, add half of the crushed candy canes and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Pour and set: Pour mixture into a 4"x4" food storage container lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces on top. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Cut into 18 pieces.
 

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I want to say only one thing about this recipe.
    it is absolutely delicious and as you say, truly addictive.
    thank you very much for sharing.

      1. 5 stars
        Yum, perfect treat to share with my friends! I haven’t thought of making my own condense milk. Thanks for sharing.

        1. Hi Jeannie, my local store was sold out of vegan condensed milk so I decided to make my own. It turned out so well and was easy to make. I definitely recommend it!

    1. Hi Gabriela, I’m so glad that you’re going to make this fudge! I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂 Enjoy, and happy holidays!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a decadent chocolate treat! Fudge is one of my family’s favorite holiday desserts. I’m loving that it is dairy and grain free too!

    1. Hi Jessie! My whole family loved this recipe. It was gone in a flash. 😀 I hope your family enjoys it too!

    1. Thanks, Mihaela! Wow, I’d say you’ve definitely earned yourself a treat after that hike. 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my, this looks so good. I might switch the candy cane for mint leaves to cut down on added sugars. Didn’t know you could make vegan sweetened condensed milk like that!

    Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog

    1. Hi Nathalia, thanks so much for visiting the blog! Substituting mint leaves is a fantastic idea. You could also try using peppermint extract if you have some on hand. Let me know how it turns out!