Candy Cane Fudge

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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.

Candy Cane Fudge -

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 🙂

Candy Cane Fudge

Yield: About 16 pieces of fudge

Prep Time: 15min

Cook Time: 2 min


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.


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  • Carol wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sorry it did not work for you!

  • Sue wrote:

    This looks yummy. Will have to try

  • Arwen wrote:

    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

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

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

  • Lindley wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • AniJ wrote:

    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??

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      18-ounces white chocolate + 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.

  • Mary wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not so sure why!

  • Coco in the Kitchen wrote:

    Ohhh, this looks dangerous.
    Love the colours!

  • jeny wrote:

    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.