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Candy Cane Fudge

This easy recipe for Candy Cane Fudge is both festive and delicious for the holidays…

Candy Cane Fudge

True Story:  One holiday season a few years back, I made 23 different kinds of cookies and candies.  I used them to assemble fabulous platters to gift to friends and neighbors.  Everyone seemed to admire my willingness to go all-out and make homemade sweets, and I loved taking in the joy on people’s faces when they received their gift platters.  It’s looking like that scenario may just happen again this year.  I’m on the hunt for easy sweets to include on those gift platters.  This recipe for Candy Cane Fudge is the first holiday sweet treat I’ve made this season.  There are many more to come!

Candy Cane Kisses
Do you have these Candy Cane Kisses in your life?  If not, then you need to resolve that pronto.  They are SOOOO good.  They’re addicting-good.   I’ve spotted them at drugstores and at Target too.  If you buy the “family size” bag of them at Target, you’ll have enough for this recipe.  And you’ll probably want to buy more than that since they’re kind of fun to have around for munching too.

Candy Cane Fudge Recipe

The fudge is super simple to make.  It only has 4 ingredients, and you don’t need to use a candy thermometer or anything crazy like that.  Just heat the ingredients together, pour the fudge into a pan, chill and cut.  EASY.

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And I’d say it makes for a very pretty piece of fudge.  It’s creamy and soft and delicious.  I can’t wait to add these to my holiday platters this year (they are currently in my freezer… where they are HOPEFULLY safe from people who often crave sweets in my house!)

Happy holiday baking and making!  Let me know what’s on your list to make this year 🙂

Yield: About 16 pieces of fudge

Prep Time: 15min

Cook Time: 2 min

Candy Cane Fudge


110 (or 18 ounces) Hersheys Candy Cane Kisses (unwrapped)
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into pieces
4 large candy canes, crushed


1. Spray an 8x8 inch pan with nonstick spray. Then line with waxed paper so that the waxed paper comes up two sides (you'll want to use those two sides later like a handle... to pull the fudge out of the pan).

2. In a medium glass or pyrex bowl, combine the Kisses, sweetened condensed milk and butter. Microwave in 30 second bursts until all is melted and smooth (stir after each burst). Alternately, this can be done in a double boiler. Heat until melted.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top and press gently to adhere. Chill for at least 2 hours, or until fudge is completely cooled and hardened. Loosen up the other sides of the fudge in the pan by using a knife. Use the waxed paper like handles and wiggle it out of the pan. Peel off the waxed paper and place the fudge slab on a cutting board. Cut and serve, or store in a covered container (at room temperature or in the freezer) until ready to serve.


34 Responses to “Candy Cane Fudge”

  1. postedDec 4, 2013 3:38 AM

    I love the color of this, Lori! And 23 diff things. That sounds like what my mom used to do when I was growing up. I thought everyone’s mom did that. LOL pinned

  2. postedDec 4, 2013 4:22 AM

    Such a fabulous treat for the holidays! Love it!

  3. postedDec 4, 2013 5:35 AM

    These are so fun! I love that color!

  4. postedDec 4, 2013 7:24 AM

    Such a festive fudge for the holidays! Perfect for giving as gifts!

  5. postedDec 4, 2013 8:27 AM

    What a festive treat, Lori! And so easy to make! Pinning!

  6. postedDec 4, 2013 8:32 AM

    Love the pretty color in this fudge – I know this would be a hit at our house!

  7. postedDec 4, 2013 8:54 AM

    You make it so easy for me to make fudge and stuff my face. Why? 😉

  8. postedDec 4, 2013 9:09 AM

    I am going to get candy cane kisses right now! This fudge looks amazing. Pinned!

  9. postedDec 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    I would love receiving this fudge on a gift platter. But then again, I love anything peppermint 🙂

  10. postedDec 4, 2013 9:54 AM

    I pinned this recipe! Thanks

  11. postedDec 4, 2013 11:04 AM
    Mary Beth

    Looks DEEEE-lish! Too bad it’s only for Christmas (or is it??!?). This one will definitely go on my list…thanks for sharing!

  12. postedDec 4, 2013 1:20 PM

    That is some pretty beautiful looking fudge!

  13. postedDec 4, 2013 1:42 PM

    I’m wondering if this would work with the mint/chocolate hershey kisses?

  14. postedDec 4, 2013 9:40 PM

    I love how easy this is and the pretty color!

  15. postedDec 4, 2013 11:19 PM
    Diane Tiu Villar

    So simple to make and so festive! Thanks for sharing with us..

  16. postedDec 5, 2013 5:27 AM

    Gorgeous fudge, Lori! And I LOVE that it’s so easy! 🙂

  17. postedDec 5, 2013 7:26 AM

    I just fell in love! Fudge is my heart, but candy cane? Perfect!

  18. postedDec 5, 2013 1:58 PM

    Its possible to sub white chocolate / or while almond bark for the peppermint kisses + peppermint extract / a bit of butter extract or schnapps (peppermint and butterscotch) if you are adventurous + red color. (Just a thought)

    • postedDec 7, 2013 6:03 AM

      Yes, I think that would work too!

  19. postedDec 5, 2013 5:39 PM

    I need one of your goodie plates!! Extra candy cane fudge, please 😉

  20. postedDec 5, 2013 7:06 PM
    Yvette N.

    Love the beautiful color of the fudge. That will look fabulous on cookie platters. I have never made 23 different goodies for Christmas. I usually max out between 10-12 kinds. I absolutely love baking period! It gives me great joy to gift cookies all year long. I do a lot of the old favorites: Chocolate
    Crinkles, Russian Teacakes, Brown Sugar Pecan Rounds, Turtles, Almond Roca, White Chocolate Craisin shortbread, Coffee Shortbread, Viennese Kisses, and of course, Cut out cookies and Almond Butter Sugar cookies, that I stamp with Christmas cookie stamps, etc.
    Haven’t started baking yet, so I need to get busy.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season.

  21. postedDec 5, 2013 8:22 PM

    Have you tried making brownies that have a layer of York peppermint patties laid between the top & lower layer? Just whip up two batches of batter with Hersey’s Coco recipe from scratch and add the thin mint patties between.

  22. postedDec 6, 2013 9:57 AM

    Ohhh, this looks dangerous.
    Love the colours!

  23. postedDec 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    The taste is good. When I was cutting them this evening they were very sticky. I had kept them in the garage in southern Indiana (temp in 20-30s). I have never had this soft and sticky fudge before. I have been making fudge for over 40 years and I don’t know what the problem is. Will definitely try again because I think there is a lot of potential there. Those Hugs are FAB by themselves.

    • postedDec 8, 2013 7:28 PM

      I’m not so sure why!

  24. postedDec 11, 2013 5:51 AM

    Very hard to get Hersheys anything in my part of the world (even checked the American Candy Store and they didn’t have any). Can you suggest an alternative to Hersheys Candy Cane Kisses??

    • postedDec 12, 2013 7:06 PM

      18-ounces white chocolate + 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.

  25. postedDec 11, 2013 6:31 AM

    I made these yesterday and they were very sticky when cutting them also. More of a taffy consistency.

    • postedDec 12, 2013 7:05 PM

      yeah, it’s not typical “chocolate fudge” since you’re using the white chocolate peppermint kisses, but still yummy.

  26. postedDec 11, 2013 11:42 AM

    Wow this recipe is wonderful, I bet this fudge tastes perfect! It’s so pretty too 🙂

  27. postedDec 11, 2013 5:38 PM

    This was a huge hit at my fiance’s workplace. He just asked me for the recipe so he could make it for an office party. 😀 I’m making two batches for my own co-workers tonight. Thanks for a tasty, fun recipe. Unwrapping those darn kisses is a pain. LOL

  28. postedDec 5, 2014 7:54 PM

    This looks yummy. Will have to try

  29. postedDec 23, 2014 6:50 PM

    I just made these, and like many others, they were very sticky and did not set up. After a couple minutes outside of the freezer they basically melted into a pile of goo. They taste great, but looked like a mess! Lol I’d love to try again, but I’m not sure where I went wrong.

    • postedDec 23, 2014 7:04 PM

      Sorry it did not work for you!

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