Dec 09

Candy Cane Fudge from the Kitchen of Vintage Mama

When I was a little girl, we didn’t have many family traditions. That was probably because we also didn’t have very much money  ;o) so my mom had to struggle and juggle just to make any kind of Christmas happen at our house. Of course, I didn’t realize that at the time, but as I grew up and observed other families and read about traditions surrounding holidays, I determined that one of the things I would bring into the lives of my children was an emphasis on family and especially on traditions that they could keep in their hearts and in their memories.

Over the years, I have collected numerous recipes for holiday foods, especially candies, cookies, and pastries. Candy Cane Fudge is one of the things that I discovered just a few years ago, and we have been making it every Christmas since! It is so simple, quick and easy, but it is beautifully festive and makes a delightful gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, or anyone who already has everything. We make it up in single batches, because it is really the yummiest when it is fresh, and then package it up in small packages on holiday paper plates or small holiday-decorated glass dishes, wrap it in clear plastic wrap, and tie it up with a brightly colored bow with a little gift tag. Everyone we have ever given it to loves it!

If you are looking for a fun gift-giving project to do this holiday season, give this one a try! You’ll love it . . . . and even though we try throughout the rest of the year to limit our sugar intake, we do splurge a bit at the holidays. I would love to hear how yours turns out, so be sure to leave me a comment if you make a batch of your own Candy Cane Fudge.  Have a great Friday and a restful weekend, Nina

 Candy Cane Fudge100_7055

  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring  




In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, salt, evaporated milk, and butter, and stil until the sugar melts.  Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil stirring constantly, for five minutes. 



 After five minutes, remove from the heat and stir in the marshmallows, white chocolate chips, and mint extract.  Pour the mixture into an 8 X 8 pan that has been lined with aluminum foil or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

 *  Optional:  Sprinkle drops of red food coloring over the top, and stir once or twice, creating red swirls.  Do not over-stir, otherwisethe candy will turn pink.  Place in the refrigerator to set the fudge for at leastone hour.

100_7061*  Instead of the red food coloring, I sprinkled the top of the fudge with red and white sugar crystals.  You could also use crushed candy canes and  sprinkle over top of the fudge.

I remember my mama telling me that “Necessity is the motherhood of invention,” and of course when I was 8 years old I had no clue what she was talking about.  But as the years have gone by, I definitely have had to figure it out on several occasions! 

When we were making the fudge yesterday, I knew that I had some red food coloring in my kitchen, because  I bought a little box of the four different colors when we made the lollipops last week.    But . . . I know my Miss Curiosity and her propensity to “figure it out” by experimentation, and after she got red food coloring all over her hands last week, I put that little box of food coloring away . . . . someplace.  I hid it from the girls so I wouldn’t walk in the kitchen and discover them (along with the walls, counter-tops, and floor)  covered in a rainbow of colors.  And then I couldn’t remember where I hid it!  100_7119

Still don’t remember   . . . .  so that is when I decided to use the red  and white sugar crystals, and I actually think it is much prettier than with the red swirls through it.  So, there you have it!  And trust me – it really is yummy!


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  1. Rosann

    Okay, I have to ask…how sweet are these? They look fantastic and I think my daughters and I would have a ball making these together. BUT – if they are super sweet like white chocolate tends to be, I know nobody in my house will eat them. Except maybe the first one and that will be all. They look so yummy though. 🙂

    ~Christmas Hugs,

    1. Nina

      Hi Rosann – I know what you mean! I’m not a big candy fan, or even fudge normally. These are sweet, but I think that the mint balances it out so that they really are yummy ;o) You might want to just make one batch and see what you think before you make too much, but I’ve found that my whole family loves this recipe and even when we give it as a gift, we get lots of compliments. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful Christmas, Nina

  2. Michael Ann

    This looks so pretty and delicious! I will definitely give it a try. I’m in the mood to venture away from what I always make at Christmas time.

    I found you through the Foodie Friday blog hop and I’m glad I did. What a sweet blog!

    Michael Ann
    The Big Green Bowl

    1. Nina

      Hi Michael Ann! Thanks for stopping by, I’ll pop over to your blog for a visit today, too ;o) It is so much fun to try new recipes, especially at the holidays, and sometimes you decide that a particular recipe isn’t your family’s favorite, but sometimes you discover one that becomes an annual tradition. Thank you for your kind words about my blog! I love to decorate for the seasons, and share ideas, frugal family advice, tutorials, and recipes and I especially like making new “bloggy” friends ;o) Hope you stop by again! Have a joyous and blessed Christmas, Nina

  3. Angela

    Wow! What an awesome recipe! I a definitely going to make this!

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