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white and dark chocolate candies covered with peppermint in a bowl

Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Candies

These chocolate-covered peppermint candies are a family holiday tradition, and a variation on a popular southern candy recipe.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 60 candies
Calories 189 kcal


  • 2 pounds confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups crushed peppermint candy plus another ½ cup for garnish
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 12 ounces white chocolate
  • Vegetable oil optional


  1. Combine powdered sugar, sweetened condensed milk, butter, salt and vanilla in a large bowl and blend thick and combined. Gently mix in 1 ½ cups of crushed peppermint candy until fully incorporated.
  2. Roll filling into ¾-inch round balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and chill or freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  3. When you’re ready to dip the candies, melt 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate in a double boiler over low heat or in a microwave. If using a microwave, heat chocolate for 30 seconds at 50 percent power, then stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments at 50 percent power until the chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate or it will seize and clump, and you’ll be unable to use it for dipping. If necessary, thin the chocolate with vegetable oil, a teaspoon at a time, until it’s a good dipping consistency.
  5. Working in small batches, dip chilled candies in chocolate. The best way to do this is to lay a candy on the tines of a fork. Lower the fork into the warm chocolate, until the candy is submerged. Then, raise the fork, allowing the extra chocolate to drip through the tines. Tap the fork on the edge of the dipping bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Then gently slide the dipped candy onto baking sheet lined with parchment.
  6. Before the chocolate has time to cool and set, sprinkle candies with remaining peppermint pieces.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Candies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.