Christmas is close. Very close, though you wouldn’t be able to tell from stepping outside. Granted, in warmer regions of the country, this is normal weather for the season, but for those of us further north, this is unusual. I know the warm weather has lulled some into a false sense of security, of having time to get everything done and bought and wrapped.
So in case this has happened to you and you’re in need of a quick treat to bring or gift to give to the coffee and chocolate-loving person in your life, look no further. In less than two hours you can have a homemade treat ready for the giving, receiving, and eating. Wrap the fudge in squares of waxed or parchment paper and place in a box or tin or coffee mug, if desired. Add a gift card for a coffee joint. How pretty you make it is up to you.
Merry Christmas to all!
Peppermint Mocha Fudge
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 packets Starbucks Via instant coffee or 1 tsp instant espresso
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp peppermint extract*
- crushed peppermint candies and sprinkles (optional)
Line 8″ square baking dish with foil. Place crushed candies and sprinkles (if using) in bottom of dish.
Place chocolate chips, coffee, and sweetened condensed milk in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. If necessary microwave additional minute, stirring at 15 second intervals, until mixture is melted. Add peppermint extract. Spread in prepared baking dish. If desired, sprinkle with additional crushed candies and sprinkles, gently pressing in to adhere. Refrigerate at least one hour; cut into squares.
*If you’d rather just have mocha fudge, substitute vanilla extract for the peppermint and don’t use the crushed peppermint candies.