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5 Easy Ways to Make Fudge Festive

Add a few extras to make this treat holiday ready.

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Try one (or more!) of these easy toppings and add ins to give your fudge some holiday spirit. Start with this Easy Chocolate Fudge with Pretzels recipe (omit the pretzels), it's perfect for this project.

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1. cranberries and pepitas

Crunch, chewy texture, and holiday color -- adding cranberries and pepitas brings all this to your fudge.

Follow the recipe, omitting the pretzels. Once fudge is removed from heat, stir in 1/2 cup cranberries and 1/2 cup pepitas. Transfer mixture to pan and smooth top; press an additional 1/4 cup cranberries and 1/4 cup pepitas on top of the fudge. Refrigerate until set, 2 hours (or up to overnight, wrapped). Remove from pan and cut into squares.

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2. crushed peppermint candies

If you like peppermint bark, you'll love this mint-topped fudge.

Follow the recipe, omitting pretzels. Once fudge is removed from heat, transfer mixture to pan and smooth top; press 3/4 cup crushed peppermint candies on top. Refrigerate until set, 2 hours (or up to overnight, wrapped). Remove from pan and cut into squares.

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3. shape -- and decorate

For an easy and dramatic look, use cookie cutters to cut fudge into holiday shapes and decorate. Simple cookie cutters with sturdy shapes, such as trees, stockings, and stars, work best.

Follow the recipe, omitting pretzels. Once fudge is removed from the heat, transfer mixture to pan and smooth top. Refrigerate until set, 2 hours. Remove from pan and using a cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Press in sprinkles and candies for additional decoration if desired. If sprinkles aren't sticking to the fudge, let the fudge sit out at room temperature to soften a little before decorating, then return to refrigerator.

(Save fudge scraps and cut into small squares for additional treats.)

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4. white chocolate topping with chocolate-coated candies

Triple the chocolate with this fudge -- and create a cheery festive look.

Follow the recipe, omitting pretzels. Once fudge is removed from the heat, transfer mixture to pan and smooth top. Pour 4 ounces of melted white chocolate on top of the fudge, spreading evenly to cover. Press about 1/2 cup chocolate coated candies on top. Refrigerate until set, 2 hours (or up to overnight, wrapped). Remove from pan and cut into squares.

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5. sanding sugar and nonpareils

Holiday sprinkles give a beautiful glittery coating, while multicolored nonpareils create a fun, festive look.

Follow the recipe, omitting pretzels. Once fudge is removed from heat, transfer mixture to pan and smooth top. Pour sprinkles on top, then gently press into fudge. Refrigerate until set, 2 hours (or up to overnight, wrapped). Remove from pan and cut into squares.