Easy Brach’s Christmas Nougats With Peppermint Gumdrop


Easy Homemade Brach’s Christmas Nougats with peppermint and gumdrops are made to remind you of those Brach’s round candies that are individually wrapped and have a green Christmas tree in the middle. Though ours don’t look the same, they have the texture and flavor of the real thing. And even though they don’t look the same, they’re still wonderfully festive for the season.

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Brach’s Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.

Peppermint Nougats

Peppermint nougats are chewy and easy to make. They can be made in about 15 minutes, and you’re going to enjoy them.

Share the Spirit of the Season

These Homemade Easy Brach’s Christmas Nougats are great for sharing the spirit of the season.  You can take them to family gatherings, Christmas parties, give them to neighbors or make them for the people around your table to enjoy.

Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

We believe this is one of the easiest candy recipes you can make for Christmas and included red and green gumdrops. It’s so easy, all you have to do is melt all of the ingredients together, add the gumdrops, pour it into a pan and let it setup. Simple as that. You’ll want to plan ahead to make this recipe though as it requires time to setup overnight before it’s cut and consumed.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy Recipe Tips

An important tip for this recipe is to be sure to use parchment paper to line your baking pan. If  you don’t have parchment paper, wax paper is another good solution. You will not want to have the work of attempting to get the mixture out of the pan if a lining is not used.

Give the nougats ample time to cool in refrigerator overnight before cutting them. This way you will get a nice neat, clean cut.

Homemade Peppermint Nougat Candy

If you really want to bring out the peppermint flavor in your candy and add a bit of crunch, a great way to do that is to add some crush peppermint candies. You can use butter mints, crushed candy canes or whatever peppermint flavored candy you have on hand. It adds a lovely visual appeal as well as another dimension of texture and enhanced flavor.

Brach's Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.
Brach’s Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.

Homemade Peppermint Nougat Ingredients

To make homemade peppermint nougats that taste just like Brach’s Christmas Nougats, you’ll need the following ingredients:

white chocolate chips
mini marshmallows
red and green gumdrops

Equipment Needed

Below are the items that are needed to make homemade Brach’s Christmas Nougats.

8×8 or 9×9 baking pan
parchment paper

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions that are asked frequently about homemade Brach’s Christmas nougats.

What Are Peppermint Nougats?

Peppermint nougats are a chewy peppermint candy that tastes just like Brach’s Christmas nougats. We’ve filled these with green and red gum drops to give them a festive appearance. But if you’re in love with them, you can make them any time of the year and simply trade out the color of gum drops to coincide with your event or theme.

My Marshmallows Won’t Melt, What Should I Do?

If you’re having trouble melting your marshmallows, you might try slightly increasing the heat on the stovetop. Using mini marshmallows should help them more quickly. Be careful to stir them regularly from the bottom so that they don’t burn to the pan.

Brach's Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.
Brach’s Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.

What Is The Texture of The Candy?

The texture of these homemade Brach’s Christmas nougats are smooth and chewy. And the great thing is they taste just like the real thing. If you love Brach’s Christmas tree design, round shaped nougats, you’re going to enjoy these too.

How Should I Store This Candy?

Your homemade Brach’s Christmas nougats will be quite sticky. To prevent them from sticking together, we recommend using pieces of wax paper between each layer if you’ll be stacking them. Place them in a food safe airtight container and keep them on the countertop at room temperature.

Christmas Nougat Variations: Try Substituting One Or More of These In Place of Gumdrops

To add interest in flavor or appearance, consider adding nuts, craisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, crushed peppermint candy, Andes peppermint chips, or pretzels to your nougats. In some cases, it will also give the texture an upgrade as well by adding a bit of crunch. And if you don’t want to use these add ins as a replacement to your gumdrops, they’ll also work in addition to the gumdrops.

Brach’s Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.

How To Make Easy Brach’s Christmas Nougats Homemade

Copycat Brach’s Christmas Nougats are made by melting butter, white chocolate chips, and marshmallows. You’ll add a bit of peppermint to give it that pepper minty flavor. Top it off with festive gumdrops or your other favorite add ins. Allow several hours for it to setup. Cut serve and enjoy.


2 tbsp butter
24 oz white chocolate chips
20 oz mini marshmallows
1 cup red gumdrops cut in half
1 cup green gumdrops cut in half
1 tsp peppermint extract


1. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper.

2. Using a double boiler pan, melt the butter, chocolate chips, marshmallows and peppermint. Stir until smooth.

3. Remove from heat and mix in the cut gumdrops.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, adding a few gumdrops on top.

5. Allow the nougats to cool and setup by placing in the refrigerator overnight.

6. Once the mixture has setup, cut into 1-2 inch pieces.

7. Store in an airtight container with wax paper between the layers.  

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Brach's Christmas Nougats. Photo by CookThink.

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