In light of the recent tragedy, I’ve become more present and try to notice and appreciate all of my beautiful blessings. Since I’m a new mom, I think it affected me more than if I didn’t have a child. I know that it’s selfish of me to take the tragedy into my own life and make it affect me. I can’t even begin to feel the pain that the parents of the victims are feeling. It’s not fair for me to even compare. I guess all I can do is pray for peace for all of those affected. If anything, it’s a reminder for us all to hug a little tighter and appreciate every single day we have with those we love.
One week until Christmas! How did that happen? If you’re like me, you’ll be getting things together until the last minute. But, this year, I’m trying really hard to slow down and ‘smell the roses’…well, in this case, ‘smell the peppermint’.
On a lighter note, this new obsession of chocolate and peppermint is amazing. So far we’ve drooled over:
I’m pretty sure out of them all the biscotti was my favorite. Anything for the excuse to eat chocolate and coffee together! 😀 This fudge is up there, too!
Again, the peppermint isn’t over powering, but gives way to a subtle hint of refreshing mint. I think the balance that is created by the bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla and empowering peppermint makes it just right. It couldn’t be easier to whip up too!
So, I say you go make a batch right now and share it with all of your friends and family. 🙂
adapted from A Spicy Perspective
- 1 (14 ounce) can fat free sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 candy canes
- Prepare an 8″ square pan by covering with non-stick aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Over a double boiler on simmer, heat the the condensed milk and butter together until the butter is melted.
- Add in the chocolate chips, occasionally stirring until melted.
- Mix in the peppermint and vanilla until combined.
- Place the candy canes in a gallon sized plastic bag. Gently crush with a cup or something hard until the candy canes are in bit sized pieces.
- Pour into a strainer to sift out the tiny flakes of peppermint.
- Sprinkle the crushed candy canes (about 1/2 cup) on top of the fudge.
- Place in the fridge to chill and set for at least 3 hours before cutting into squares.
Servings: 16 squares