Red Velvet Candy Cane Fudge


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


1Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; grease foil with butter.
2In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine 3-1/4 cups white baking chips, 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.
3In 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.
4Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

Helpful Hints:

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

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