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Red Velvet Candy Cane Fudge

My favorite kind of cake, red velvet, inspired me to create this fudge. If you'd like, spoon the candy mixture into paper-lined mini-muffin cups instead of spreading it into a pan. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3-3/4 pounds


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) white baking chips, divided
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red paste food coloring
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies


  • Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; grease foil with butter.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine 3-1/4 cups white baking chips, the chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons shortening. Microwave, uncovered, on high 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 15-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in milk and food coloring; gradually add 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Spread into prepared pan.
  • In another large microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining white baking chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Beat in cream cheese and extracts. Gradually beat in remaining confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread over red layer; sprinkle with crushed candies. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 70 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • sgronholz
    Dec 20, 2017

    What an awesome recipe! It was so easy to make, made a big batch, and everyone loved it! I will definitely be making this again!

  • sugarcrystal
    Jan 23, 2017

    This recipe is great, but I realized you don't need to add shortening to the chips for the red velvet layer. Just melt them with the sweetened condensed milk. Sometimes the fudge will be a bit greasy before it sets if you do use the shortening. But it still tastes great regardless.

  • whimsywendy
    Sep 1, 2016

    My daughter made this last year & it was fantastic! I can't believe how easy it is to make.