Despite all the sweets we partake in round about now, the holidays never seem quite complete without making at least one batch of fudge.
Chocolate peppermint fudge to be exact, because if there’s any way to improve on an old favorite this time of year, it’s with peppermint.
The chocolate mint duo is one of my favorite wintry combos (cool mint is such a refreshing foil to chocolate’s richness) and I like to make this fudge in particular because it’s the kind you throw together at the last minute the night before you need it.
It doesn’t require any special equipment and only about 5 minutes of active prep time (which is always much appreciated), but is creamy and deeply chocolaty with just a little bit of chew as you bite into it. It’s also dairy-free and every bit as good as the original but about 90% easier.
The fudge is made in a matter of minutes on the stove top and left to cool for a bit, at which point you stir like crazy to beat air into the mixture to get that alluring fudgy chewiness. Instead of artificially colored peppermint candies, you combine cacao nibs and peppermint extract (or essential oil) to create a crunchy peppermint topping.
An overnight rest in the fridge uncovered allows a slight crust to form and sets the texture so that it’s creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
So spread some chocolate peppermint cheer this year, just be sure to save yourself a piece while you’re at it!
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