Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is so quick and easy to make in the microwave, you’ll wonder why this recipe isn’t on ‘treat rotation’ every month!

Semi-sweet chocolate is melted with condensed milk and topped with peppermint candies. It couldn’t be any easier! Two-minute microwave fudge comes out rich and creamy and positively melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Tailor the ingredients and toppings to match the holidays, and it will be a whole new dessert every time.

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Microwave Chocolate Peppermint Fudge


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Easy Microwave Fudge

  • Make chocolate peppermint fudge when the report cards are impressive, company’s coming, or just to surprise everyone with a sweet treat! It’s the fastest one-bowl fudge ever!
  • Make this foolproof recipe with white or dark chocolate, chocolate bark, and stir in some add-ins or toppings!
  • Double up the batches and freeze for later!
  • Perfect added to any dessert tray along with this Nutella dip with fruit, Monster Magic Cookie Bars, Nutella Brownies and these delectable Strawberry Shortcake Bars. 

Microwave Peppermint Fudge Ingredients

4 Ingredient Recipe

CHOCOLATE: Chocolate chips melt fast because they are all the same size, but small pieces of chopped dark or white chocolate will also work.

TOPPINGS: Chocolate and peppermint are perfect partners, but chocolate is perfect with anything, right? Try crushed toffee bits, mini M&M’s, colorful jimmies, toasted coconut, or crushed Oreo cookies!

ADD-INS: Like a little more bite to your fudge? Add your favorite nuts, chopped dried cherries, mangoes, or cranberries.

How to Make Chocolate Fudge

It’s fun and easy to make homemade microwave fudge. 

  1. Crush the candy cane and set aside.
  2. Microwave remaining ingredients (per recipe below) for about 1 minute.
  3. Stir thoroughly and heat 1 more minute. Press fudge evenly into a prepared pan.
  4. Sprinkle candy over top of the fudge and press it in.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

process to make Microwave Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

How Long Does Fudge Last?

Homemade fudge will last about 2 to 3 weeks as long as it stays tightly wrapped or covered and away from extreme light or temperatures that might dry it out. 

Should Fudge Be Refrigerated? Long term refrigeration tends to dry out fudge so store it at room temperature in a covered container. 

Can You Freeze Fudge? Yes! This is why fudge is such a terrific make ahead recipe! Simply wrap in parchment paper, then plastic wrap and seal it in a zippered bag where it will stay good up to 3 months! Thaw at room temperature and enjoy.

Quick Tips & Time Savers

  • Use a bowl that is completely dry. Any water will cause the chocolate to seize up and the end result (while edible) will be grainy.
  • If using nuts, lightly toast them in a dry saute pan to intensify their flavor and make them extra crunchy!

Peppermint Fudge squares topped with crushed peppermint candies

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Microwave Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

This rich and creamy chocolate peppermint fudge is the best, especially since it's made so easily in the microwave!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author The Shortcut Kitchen


  • 3 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 1 Candy Cane crushed


  • Line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper.
  • Crush a candy cane using a food processor or with a mallet and plastic bag
  • Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and peppermint extract in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 1 minute and stir thoroughly. Return to the microwave for an additional 1 minute.
  • Mix until completely smooth and pour the mixture into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the top with the crushed candy canes and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Cut and serve.


  • Optional: Toast nuts in a dry saute pan for extra flavor and crunch!
  • Store fudge at room temperature in a sealed container or covered with plastic wrap for about 2 weeks.
  • Wrap fudge in plastic wrap and then in a zippered freezer bag for long term storage in the freezer. It will last about 3 months and makes a great grab and go treat!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s September, and that’s almost Christmas, right? This recipe tastes like how jingle bells sounds.. I see myself making this a lot in the next few months!

    1. Hehe! I love that Tonje (tastes like jingle bells sounds). But I’m still clinging to the it’s still summer notion!