White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

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|by Erica

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge combines the creamy richness of white chocolate with the tartness of dried cranberries, creating a perfect balance of flavors. The fudge is incredibly smooth and velvety, melting in your mouth with every bite. The addition of cranberries not only adds a pop of festive color but also provides a burst of fruity goodness.

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Whether you’re making it for a holiday gathering or simply indulging in a little self-care, this White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

  • 3 3/4 cups (24oz) white chocolate chips
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz (1 1/4 cups) dried cranberries
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sparkling sugar sprinkles (optional)

Instructions for Making White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

  1. Cover the sides of a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a big bowl, microwave the sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate chips for one minute. Mix thoroughly to blend and let the heat melt the chocolate chips. If necessary, microwave for an additional 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, dried cranberries, and salt to the mixture, then promptly transfer it to the prepared pan and distribute it evenly.
  4. You can choose to add some sparkling sugar sprinkles on top of the fudge, if desired, and then firmly press them into the fudge’s surface.
  5. Allow the fudge to fully cool to the temperature of the room before slicing it into square pieces. Alternatively, you may choose to refrigerate it until it becomes cool.
  6. Slice the fudge into pieces and place in a container that prevents air from entering. You have the option to store the fudge either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Tips for Perfecting the Recipe

Understand Your Ingredients: The quality of your white chocolate can significantly affect the fudge’s flavor and texture. Opt for high-quality white chocolate chips or bars that contain cocoa butter to ensure a smooth, creamy texture. Sweetened condensed milk is a key ingredient that adds sweetness and a rich texture, so make sure it’s fresh and not expired.

Microwave Melting Technique: When melting the white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk together, do it in short bursts and stir in between. This prevents the chocolate from burning and ensures a smooth mixture. If you prefer, you can also use a double boiler method for more controlled heating.

Stirring in the Add-ins: Once the chocolate is melted, work quickly to stir in the vanilla extract, dried cranberries, and a pinch of salt. This ensures that the mix-ins are evenly distributed throughout the fudge before it starts to set.

Lining the Pan: Properly lining your pan with parchment paper is crucial for easy removal of the fudge once it’s set. Leave an overhang on the sides to lift the fudge out easily.

Setting the Fudge: Allow the fudge to cool at room temperature until it’s firm enough to cut. If you’re in a hurry, you can refrigerate it to speed up the process, but be aware that too much time in the fridge can make the fudge too hard.

Storage Tips

Room Temperature Storage: Once the fudge has cooled and been cut into pieces, it can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1-2 weeks. Ensure it’s kept in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources to prevent melting.

Refrigerating Your Fudge: If you prefer your fudge a bit firmer or if you’re in a warmer climate, storing it in the refrigerator is a good option. Place the fudge in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. It can last in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Freezing for Longevity: For longer storage, fudge can be frozen. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a sealable freezer bag or airtight container. Frozen fudge can last for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Cutting the Perfect Piece: For clean, sharp cuts, use a warm knife. Dip the knife in hot water, wipe it dry, and then slice. This helps cut through the fudge smoothly, creating beautiful, presentable pieces.

Creative Presentation: Serve your white chocolate cranberry fudge on a decorative plate or platter for holiday gatherings. You can also place individual pieces in mini cupcake liners for an elegant touch.

Pairing with Beverages: This fudge pairs wonderfully with coffee, tea, or even a glass of milk. For a festive twist, serve it alongside mulled wine or eggnog during the holiday season.

Gift Giving: Packaged in a pretty box or tin, white chocolate cranberry fudge makes a delightful homemade gift. Include a small card with the recipe or a personal note for a thoughtful touch.

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge?
You can store your fudge in an airtight container, such as a Tupperware or plastic container, at room temperature for up to two weeks. It’s important to keep the fudge away from direct sunlight and heat to prevent melting.

Can I freeze White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge?
Yes, you can freeze your fudge for up to two months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. Thaw the fudge in the refrigerator before serving.

Can I make White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge ahead of time?
Yes, you can make fudge a few days in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. You can also freeze it for longer storage.

How do I make sure my fudge turns out smooth and creamy?
Be sure to stir your fudge mixture well and continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Use high-quality white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk for the best texture. Be patient and allow your fudge to cool and set properly before cutting it into squares.

Can I substitute dried cranberries for fresh cranberries?
You can use fresh cranberries as a substitute for dried cranberries, but they may make the fudge too tart. If using fresh cranberries, chop them finely and mix them into the fudge mixture before it sets.

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Whip up a batch of creamy White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge with this simple recipe. Perfect any time you crave something sweet!
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 18 Pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cover the sides of a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper.
  • In a big bowl, microwave the sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate chips for one minute. Mix thoroughly to blend and let the heat melt the chocolate chips. If necessary, microwave for an additional 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract, dried cranberries, and salt to the mixture, then promptly transfer it to the prepared pan and distribute it evenly.
  • You can choose to add some sparkling sugar sprinkles on top of the fudge, if desired, and then firmly press them into the fudge’s surface.
  • Allow the fudge to fully cool to the temperature of the room before slicing it into square pieces. Alternatively, you may choose to refrigerate it until it becomes cool.
  • Slice the fudge into pieces and place in a container that prevents air from entering. You have the option to store the fudge either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

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