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Patriotic Easy Fudge – No Bake [video]

Patriotic Easy Fudge is made with only two ingredients: you don’t need a thermometer, it’s no-bake and gluten-free. You only need a microwave and some food coloring for a festive twist.

Also known as red, white, and blue fudge or 4th of July fudge, this colorful candy is perfect for July 4th celebrations and tastes rich and delicious. What’s more, it only has two ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make without baking. That’s right, you do not have to heat the house during the hottest summer month! You cannot beat that, no matter how hard you try. Just some white chocolate chips and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

Patriotic Easy Fudge is so delicious and easy to make! It literally can be done in 5 minutes if you skip the food coloring. But since the 4th of July is around the corner, why not make some Red, White and Blue Patriotic Easy Fudge? This easy fudge is made with 2 ingredients only, how easy is that? All you need is some white chocolate and condensed milk.

You don’t even need a candy thermometer! In this recipe, you melt your chocolate in the microwave for just seconds, and it only takes 10 minutes to cool, so it only takes 30 minutes to make from start to finish. This is the perfect dessert if you ask me! The thing that takes the longest is the coloring, but you can skip that if you are in a big hurry. Just sprinkle some red, white, and blue sugar or candy on top of the fudge and call it a day.

When I make this fudge, I always use gel food coloring because it works better than liquid. It also gives your fudge a more vivid color than liquid food coloring does. White chocolate can sometimes be more difficult to take on color, and the water based colorants may make the chocolate curdle.

Why you will love this recipe 

  • Two ingredients: White chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Just minutes: It takes just 30 minutes to make this delicious fudge.
  • It is so easy: No baking or cooking. Just microwave and decorate.
  • Very versatile: Use food dye or don’t. Make it red, white, and blue, or different colors.

What you’ll need to make patriotic fudge

Special items:

  • Microwave safe bowls – For melting the fudge.
  • Baking pan – 8×8-inch baking pan for setting the fudge.
  • Gel food coloring – Red and blue for dyeing the fudge.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate chips – I get the highest-quality white chocolate chips for this fudge because it is the star of the recipe.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – Similarly, you should also use high-quality sweetened condensed milk for creamy, rich fudge.
  • Food coloring – choose gel food coloring to make the red and blue layers.

How to make patriotic fudge?

  1. Prep the chocolate and pan: First, divide the chocolate chips into three microwave-safe bowls. One and a half cups in each bowl. Then, add one-third of the can of condensed milk to each bowl. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. For the blue layer: Now, microwave the first bowl for 20 seconds and stir. Then microwave for another 20 seconds and stir again. Add eight drops of the blue food coloring and stir until it is entirely blue. Pour it into the pan and chill for 10 minutes.
  3. For the white layer: Next, microwave the second bowl similarly, although do not put any food coloring in it. Pour it on the cooled blue layer and chill for 10 minutes.
  4. For the red layer: After, microwave the last bowl the same way, but add eight drops of red food coloring. Pour it on top of the cooled white layer and sprinkle red sugar on top. Chill for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut and serve: Finally, remove the fudge from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for five minutes before serving. Dip the knife in boiling water and wipe it dry before each slice.

Expert tip

Say no to grainy fudge

Nobody likes grainy fudge. They will eat it, of course. It’s still fudge, after all. But that gritty texture can be disappointing. While some experts say not to stir it, I constantly stir it as it cooks if I make it over the stove, so I do not know how that works. In this recipe, I melt the chocolate in the microwave and stir it in the bowl, so it never really has a chance to get grainy. This tip is about cooking it in a saucepan because, honestly, I prefer to do it that way.

Controlling the graininess in fudge means controlling three things: the temperature, the cooling, and adding other ingredients like corn syrup, marshmallows, and fats. While you do want the crystals to form, you do not want them to form too early. Controlling the temperature is the most important part. I stop when my fudge reaches 235 degrees F every time. When it gets closer to 245 degrees F, it seems grainier.

Being sloppy when mixing has never been an issue with me, but letting the sugar stick to the sides and then wiping it down into the fudge could cause them to make the rest of the sugar seize up. Just do not do that. Then, when it is cooling, let it come to a temperature of 120 to 130 degrees F before you touch it. At that time, stir vigorously until it starts looking dull and is getting hard to stir. That is when it is ready to pour into the pan to set.

Recipe variations and add-ins:

  • Add nuts: Chop up some walnuts, pecans, cashews, or almonds for a crunchy topping.
  • Sprinkles: Make these more festive by adding themed sprinkles.
  • Chewy topping: For a chewier topping, sprinkle on some raisins, dried cherries, or cranberries.
  • Other décor: Instead of the red sugar, add red, white, and blue stars or sprinkles to the top.
  • Different colors: For other holidays, use different colors, such as red and green for Christmas, green for St. Patrick’s Day, pink and white for Valentine’s Day, and pastel colors for Easter.
  • More flavors: Add some different flavors to your fudge, such as vanilla, almond, cherry, lemon, or mint with extracts.
  • Adult fudge: Extracts also come in boozy flavors like rum, Amaretto, and margarita.

Serving suggestions:

You can serve this fudge at Independence Day celebrations, or anytime you want. Here are some ideas.

  • If you have a child’s birthday in the summer, serve these with other holiday-themed desserts, like red, white, and blue M&Ms, cupcakes, and my patriotic poke cake
  • It also goes great with a red, white, and blue salad with cherry tomatoes, blueberries, and stars made from feta cheese.
  • Fudge goes great with a bowl of ice cream. My kids love it with my 3-ingredient Oreo ice cream, which is also easy to make.
  • Another yummy way to enjoy this dessert is with a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade or iced tea.

Frequently asked questions

Is white fudge the same as white chocolate?

Not exactly. White chocolate uses cocoa beans, even when making white chocolate. Cocoa butter is the main ingredient, along with milk solids, sugar, vanilla, and lecithin, to produce a sweet, buttery flavor. However, fudge’s main ingredients are dairy and white chocolate chips. So, fudge is made with white chocolate and dairy, while white chocolate is made with dairy, sugar, vanilla, and lecithin. 

What is the difference between fondant and fudge?

The main difference is that fudge contains dairy ingredients like cream and butter, while fondant is just sugar and flavorings. Fudge is creamy and smooth, but fondant comes in two kinds. Rolled fondant is like clay, and poured fondant is like gelatin. Fudge is used in candy or eaten alone, and fondant is typically a decorative icing or frosting. Fudge is a lot thicker and denser and takes more time to make.

Why is my fudge grainy?

It could be from sugar crystallization. If the fudge splashes up on the sides of the pan, it can seize up and turn back into crystals. This sets off a chain reaction that can cause all of the sugar to turn back into crystals, making it gritty. Also, if all the sugar is not dissolved before boiling, your fudge will be grainy because there is insufficient fluid to help the sugar dissolve. For more details, see my expert tip.

Why won’t my fudge set?

It will not set correctly if you do not bring your sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chip mixture to the right temperature. If you have a candy thermometer, it should read between 234 degrees F and 239 degrees F when it is done. If you do not have one, boil over medium-high heat, then turn it to medium and simmer for three minutes while stirring constantly. After that, it should be the right temperature. It works for me every time.

How to store leftovers:

  • Refrigerate: Wrap leftover fudge in plastic wrap and place it in a heavy-duty storage bag in the fridge for up to a week.   
  • Freezing: Place wrapped fudge in a freezer bag for up to four months to keep in the freezer.   
  • Defrost: Thaw your frozen fudge overnight in the refrigerator for the best results.

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Recipe tips:

  • Use high-quality white chocolate. It is the recipe’s star, so it should be the best way to get the right taste and texture.
  • Be careful when melting it because white chocolate is temperamental. Instead of 30-second intervals like regular chocolate, do 20-second intervals.
  • For a non-festive fudge, skip the food coloring. Or, for a different occasion, use other colors.
  • Gel food coloring works best for white chocolate.
  • Do not stir too much, and avoid getting sugar on the sides while stirring.
  • If your fudge will not set, it was probably not hot enough. Make sure you heat it to 234 degrees F to 239 degrees F.
  • No candy thermometer? Just boil it for exactly three minutes on medium heat while stirring constantly.

Patriotic Easy Fudge

Patriotic Easy Fudge is made with only two ingredients: you don't need a thermometer, it's no-bake and gluten-free. You only need a microwave and some food coloring for a festive twist.

  • Prep Time10 MIN
  • Cook Time
  • Servings 12 people

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 21 ounces condensed milk

Optional:

  • food coloring: red and blue
  • mix ins: walnuts , raisins etc

Instructions

Simple Easy Fudge:

  • Combine the chocolate and condensed milk in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each one, until the chocolate has melted. Stir well until smooth, stir in any mix-ins, and transfer to an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Top with red sprinkles. Refrigerate for 10-20 minutes. Enjoy!

For the layered fudge:

  • Divide the white chocolate chips equally in 3 microwave-safe bowls, 1 1/2 cups per bowl. Add the condensed milk ⅓ to each bowl.
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

Blue layer:

  • Microwave the first bowl for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds until the chocolate has melted. Add eight drops or more of blue gel food color and stir until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and level it with a spatula. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

White layer:

  • Microwave the second bowl for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds until the chocolate has melted. Stir until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish on top of the blue layer and level it with a spatula. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Red layer:

  • Microwave the third bowl for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds until the chocolate has melted. Add eight drops or more of red gel food color and stir until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and level it with a spatula. Top with red sprinkles. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Remove fudge from the fridge and let it stand at room temperature. Cut it into squares with a very sharp knife.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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April

April

This was so easy and yummy! We loved the sprinkles on top!

tisha

tisha

Easy fudge recipe just in time for a 4th celebration! I made a practice batch and loved it can't wait to share with others

Sandra

Sandra

I was so excited to try this recipe but at the same time worried if it was gonna turn out good! Finally gave it a try and I'm so happy with the results!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

I'm still in awe how tasty and effortless this is to make! The vibrant colors and easy preparation made it a go to dessert for any celebration! I will surely make it again!

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