This easy strawberry fudge recipe brings together sweet buttercream, strawberry extract, and colored candy melts to create a beautiful red and pink strawberry fudge. It’s perfect for Valentine’s day but I enjoy it any time of year!
What I love about this simple recipe is that it’s a quick no-bake fudge. There’s no candy thermometer or double boiler to use here!
The next time you’re looking for a delicious recipe for easy fudge, give this one a try. It’s as perfect for taking to parties as it is to give as a gift.
Common Questions about Strawberry Fudge
How can I improve the taste of store-bought frosting?
Adding flavored extracts helps bump up the flavor of any store-bought frosting. This recipe calls for strawberry to impart strawberry flavor but you can use vanilla extract or other flavors that you like.
Should I whip the frosting for this fudge?
While whipping frosting is great when you’re using it on a cake, it will make it too fluffy for fudge. Whipping aerates frosting — you’ll want this frosting to remain dense so it has a fudgy consistency once set.
Making Strawberry Fudge Ahead of Time
Since this fudge does last for so long, you can make the entire recipe well ahead of when you want to eat it or gift it.
While traditional fudge doesn’t always need to be refrigerated, this frosting-based fudge will need to be kept in the fridge or freezer.
Refrigerator: Wrap the fudge tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing: Store this fudge in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag for up to 3 months. You can also wrap it tightly in aluminum foil.
Tips For The Best Strawberry Fudge
This recipe is far more simple than traditional fudge but there are still a few tricks to make sure you get the best results.
- Be precise about your chocolate measurements. Too many or too few candy melts can result in the fudge not setting properly.
- Avoid adding the extract to the candy melts — instead, add it to the frosting.
- Resist the urge to try to melt the candies all at once in the microwave. Heating them in intervals will ensure you get just the right consistency.
- Start with room-temperature frosting so that it warms up quickly in the microwave.
All you need are a few simple ingredients from the baking aisle at your local grocery store to whip up this easy recipe.
- Buttercream frosting (premade from the store is easiest)
- Red candy melts
- Strawberry-flavored pink candy melts
- Strawberry extract
- Valentine’s mix nonpareils sprinkles (optional)
- Pink and red heart sprinkles (optional)
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
Just a few basic kitchen supplies are necessary to make this sweet treat.
- 8×8 square pan
- Parchment paper or wax paper
- Small bowl (2)
- Large bowl (2)
How to Make Strawberry Fudge
It couldn’t be easier to whip up this delicious strawberry fudge.
- Pour the red candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl.
- Heat the melts on low heat — 50% power — at 15 second intervals — stir after each interval. Continue until candies are fully melted and the mixture is entirely smooth.
- Repeat the same process for the pink candy melts in a separate bowl.
- Reserve a little bit of the frosting in a small bowl if you are intending to incorporate sprinkles or hearts.
- Microwave the remaining frosting until it is melted and smooth.
- Stir the extract into the frosting.
- Add half of the frosting mixture into a bowl with the melted red candy. Do the same with the melted pink candies.
- Vigorously stir together the red candy frosting mixture. Repeat with the pink candy mixture.
- Pour each of the colors of fudge mixture randomly into the prepared pan.
- Occasionally tap the pan to release air bubbles and even out the frosting mixtures.
- After both colors of the frosting mixture have been added to the pan, top them with the Valentine-themed nonpareils.
- Allow the fudge to chill and set in the refrigerator.
- Once the fudge has set, use the reserved frosting to attach each of the heart sprinkles to the middle of each piece of fudge.
What to Serve With Strawberry Fudge
This fudge is tasty all on its own but there are some things you can serve it with as well.
- Frozen treats – Serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or your favorite gelato or sorbet.
- Coffee – Dessert is always better with coffee. Add a little Bailey’s or Kahlua for an extra decadent treat.
- Tea – Herbal varieties or black tea go well with this fruity fudge.
- Cocktails or wine – For a festive occasion, pour some sparkling wine or whip up a fun cocktail like a Cosmopolitan.
- Strawberries – Serve alongside fresh strawberries or garnish with strawberry slices or freeze-dried strawberries.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
There are tons of reasons to make this easy fudge recipe.
- Fast – This fudge is such a show-stopper yet no one will know how quickly it came together!
- Versatile – While it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or baby showers, it can be a delicious dessert any day of the year.
- Pretty – With its various shades of red and pink, it’s one of the prettiest varieties of fudge you can make.
- Affordable – With just a few simple ingredients you can make this cost-effective treat.
Variations and Add-ins
You can make some simple swaps or additions to make this your signature strawberry fudge.
- Extracts – You can swap out some or all of the strawberry for a different flavored fudge.
- Toppings – Choose other types of sprinkles, toppings, or chocolate (like dark chocolate chips). You can also create a frosting for the top by spreading marshmallow fluff over the top of the fudge or create a crunchy topping by sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers over top.
- Shape – Instead of traditional squares or rectangles, you can use a cookie cutter to shape this fudge.
- Frosting – While we recommend buttercream you can use flavored frosting instead. Pick up a can of strawberry frosting or your favorite flavor.
More Awesome Fudge Recipes
- Easy Microwave Reese’s Fudge
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- Easy Snowflake Fudge
- Frosted Sugar Cookie Fudge
- Easy Holiday Fudge
- Mint Milano Fudge
- Rocky Road Fudge
- Holiday Oreo Fudge
- White Chocolate Holiday Fudge
- Sea Salt Fudge
- Keto Fudge
- Red Velvet Fudge
- Christmas Cookie Fudge
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- 16 ounces buttercream frosting premade from the store is easiest
- ¾ cup red candy melts
- ¾ cup strawberry flavored pink candy melts
- 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
valentine’s mix non-pareils sprinkles – optional
pink and red heart sprinkles – optional
- Line a pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang. Set aside.
- Place the red candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on 50% power, in the microwave, for 2-3 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Stop every 15-30 seconds to stir during the melting process to ensure the candy melts don’t overcook.
- Follow step one for the pink candy melts, keeping the two colors separated in different bowls.
- Remove the lid and foil film from the frosting container.
- Set aside ½ a teaspoon of the frosting before heating, if you will be using the heart or any other type of sprinkles.
- Heat the remaining frosting in the can in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until fully melted and smooth.
- Add the extract to the frosting and stir well.
- Pour half of the frosting into the bowl with the melted red candy melts and the other half into the bowl with the melted pink candy melts.
- Stir each color vigorously until fully mixed.
- Alternate pouring the two colors in random spots into the prepared pan, pausing to tap the pan in between so it evens out and removes bubbles.
- Once all of the chocolate mixtures have been poured into the pan and evened out, sprinkle the top of the fudge with as many Valentine-themed non-pareils as you like.
- Place the fudge in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until it has solidified.
- If desired, use the frosting that had been set aside and place a dab on the back of a heart sprinkle, and press it into the middle of each fudge square you cut later additional decoration.
- If the fudge turns out hard or seems to fall apart when you’re cutting it, this means too much chocolate was used. You’ll need to reduce the chocolate the next time around. It will still taste just as good, it just won’t be as soft or pretty.
- If the fudge won’t set up well, it means not enough chocolate was used. You either need to increase the chocolate used or decrease the amount of frosting the next time around.
- The chocolate will slightly seize when the frosting is added to it. This is normal, no need to worry. You just need the mixture to be pourable. Just keep stirring and you’ll be good to go.
- Do not add the extract directly to the chocolate or it will ruin it. The extract seizes the chocolate to a point that it’s not usable.
- 8×8 square pan
- Parchment Paper
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate. Please double-check with your own dietary calculator for the best accuracy. We at Taste of the Frontier cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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