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Peppermint Nougat Candy

Homemade Peppermint Nougat Candy, made with 6 simple ingredients and is a perfect festive holiday treat! This soft chewy candy with peppermint pieces & gumdrops is great for your Christmas dessert trays! 
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade nougat candy
Servings: 49
Calories: 81kcal


  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 bags white chocolate Ghirardelli 11 oz bags
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch (or 1 cup crushed peppermints)
  • 2 cups red & green gumdrops halved (1 cup each color)


  • Prepare an 8x8 inch pan by lining with parchment paper and spraying with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • Place a large pan of water over medium heat. 
  • Simmer the water and place the butter and white chocolate in the top pot of the double boiler or the large bowl. 
  • Stir the chocolate as it melts, then add a handful of marshmallows and allow to melt.  Gradually add an additional handful of marshmallows and melt, repeat until all marshmallows have melted.  
  • Remove mixture from heat and add the peppermint extract.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes. You need to allow this cooling time so the peppermints don’t totally melt into the candy.  The crunch is so nice in this candy.
  • Add the Peppermint Crunch (or crushed peppermints) and stir in well. Mix in the gumdrops. Pour into the pan and press it out evenly.  If the mixture is too sticky, use a piece of wax paper on top to press out the candy.
  • Allow to set for several hours (2-3 at least) or overnight before cutting.
  • Cut into small cube pieces.  Store in an airtight container with wax paper separating the layers.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg