Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge
Duncan Hines Creamy Frosting

There's been a recipe that's been floating around the foodbloggerverse for awhile now. It's received some mixed reviews. Some people swear by it while others are less than impressed. The recipe is Two Ingredient Fudge and when I received a free sample of a Duncan Hines product through the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program, I just had to give this recipe a try.

I was at Albertsons last week to pick up some last minute items for Thanksgiving when I saw that they had peppermint extract for sale at almost 50% off! I picked up two bottles and I might head back and pick up a few more as chocolate and mint is our favourite dessert flavor combination. Naturally with fudge on the brain and the holiday season in full swing I decided to make peppermint fudge.

The recipe is a total breeze. You just heat up the chocolate chips and tub of frosting in the microwave, mix them together and pour the mixture into a pan to set up. This is where the problems pop up for some people. I've read comments that stated the fudge never set, that the fudge turned out too hard, the fudge tasted chalky, or even worse, it tasted grainy!

Mine, much to my pleasure, turned out perfect. The fudge set in a hour and popped right out of the pan. It was firm yet creamy and melt in your mouth delicious. Maybe it was the extra creamy Duncan Hines chocolate icing that I used or the semi sweet chocolate chips with real cocoa butter?

This will now be one of my go to recipes for when I need an easy dessert that will feed a crowd. These are perfect for bringing to a Christmas party or New Years celebration. These are even more perfect if you are the host as they come together in 5 minutes leaving you with plenty of time to focus on other tasks.

I'm going to try a white chocolate version next followed by dark chocolate with peanut butter! Yum! Happy Holidays!

Easy Peppermint Fudge
-I don't know who came up with the chocolate/frosting idea originally!

Ingredients:
  • 1 16oz tub of Duncan Heinz Creamy Homestyle Classic Chocolate Frosting
  • 16 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips (I use Ambrosia All Natural)
  • 1 tsp of peppermint extract
  • 6 candy canes crushed or a large handful of peppermint candies crushed

Directions:
  1. Grease an 8x8 square glass pan and sprinkle the crushed candy canes all over the bottom evenly.
  2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 second intervals mixing in between until smooth and glossy. Mix in the peppermint extract.
  3. Place the frosting in the microwave (foil removed) and heat for 30 second intervals until pourable. Approximately 1 to 1.5 minutes. 
  4. Pour the frosting into the melted chocolate and whisk together until well blended and smooth. It should resemble a thick brownie batter.
  5. Pour into the greased pan over top of the crushed candy canes. Use a spatula to spread it to an even thickness. Pick up the pan and shake it gently to get the fudge mixture to fill in gaps around the crushed candy at the bottom of the pan. Place in refrigerator to set. This takes about an hour.
  6. Once solid remove the pan from the fridge and using a blunt knife, like a butter knife, scrape down one of the edges of the pan, separating the fudge from the side of the pan. Once you do one side, air gets in and should loosen all the other sides. Invert onto a cutting board and slice the fudge into squares
  7. I store mine in the fridge but they do very well at room temperature. They don't get too soft/melty or messy.

Peppermint Fudge