Easy Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge
Originally published October 1, 2010. Updated on 8/18/2021
If haven't read yesterday's post yet - Blood orange cranberry toffee - you should.
It gives a bit of background info on the next couple days worth of recipes... basically, all a love letter to Blood orange extract!
Today we're going for an Easy Blood Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge, tomorrow I'll be posting a traditional fudge recipe.
As mentioned yesterday, they'll both be flavored with blood orange extract and cranberries - a favorite combination of mine. What can I say, I was on a kick! Let's get to it...
Traditional Fudge vs Easy Fudge
Now, there are two main types of fudge. It doesn't have anything to do with flavor, it's about base ingredients and technique:
A candy thermometer is set up in the pot and watched until the mixture reaches the “Soft Ball Stage” - around 238 degrees.
The actual degree to watch for may vary between recipes - “Soft Ball Stage” is a range of temperatures.
The mixture is usually allowed to cool for a bit, then beat by hand. The beating crystallizes the sugars in the mixture, and then smooths out those crystals.
It can take a bit of practice to get the beating part right - if you don’t beat long enough, your fudge won’t be smooth. If you beat too long, it can be crumbly.
Easy fudge takes literally 5 minutes to make. You melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk, add stuff, pour it out, and let it set.
A few more examples:
How to Make Easy Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge
Full recipe follows, but here's a pictorial overview to start!
Before getting started, line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper, or grease generously with butter.
Combine white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
(Alternatively, combine in a microwave-safe bowl and nuke for 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth)
Remove from heat, stir in blood orange extract, cranberries, and salt.
Spread into prepared pan, and chill until set.
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Easy Blood Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge
- 3 cups White Chocolate Chips
- 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz
- 1 teaspoon Blood Orange Extract
- 1– 1 ½ cups Dried Cranberries
- Pinch Salt
- Before getting started, line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper, or grease generously with butter.
- Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.
- (Alternatively, combine in a microwave safe bowl and nuke for 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth)
- Remove from heat, stir in blood orange extract, cranberries, and salt.
- Spread into prepared pan, and chill until set.