Looking for an easy and delicious, no-bake summer treat for Memorial Day or the 4th of July? Try red, white, and blue fudge. Scroll to the end for video how-tos and a printable recipe.
red, white, and blue fudge
Hosting or going to a Memorial Day BBQ or 4th of July party? This red, white, and blue fudge is a perfect fit. It's easy to make, super delicious, and no-bake for hot summer days.
how to make patriotic fudge
Here, I add food coloring to our basic vanilla fudge recipe, but you can also use the two-ingredient white chocolate fudge as a base. Any questions about making fudge? Everything you need to know about how to make fudge can be found on this FAQ page.
- Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray or shortening, or line with greased parchment paper or non-stick foil.
- You may also use a 9-inch square pan, although the fudge will be thinner.
- My preferred method for greasing the pan is to line the baking pan with parchment or non-stick foil, lightly spray it with non-stick cooking spray, and remove the excess with a paper towel. This way, you can easily lift the fudge from the pan for cutting.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl place 2 ⅔ cups chocolate chips and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Use the residual heat to stir the mixture well until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave for additional 15 second intervals.
- Alternatively, melt the chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
- For best results, melt the chips with heat only until they are about three-quarters of the way melted, then rely on residual heat to fully melt the chocolate chips, rather than adding additional heat. This prevents scorching.
- I find that Nestle white chocolate chips melt a bit thinner than Ghiradelli brand. So if you're using the latter, you may want to reduce the number of chocolate chips to 2 ½ cups.
- Please note, the recipe here uses Nestle-brand white “morsels,” which is actually confectionery coating. If you’re using white confectionery coating chips (no cocoa butter listed in the ingredients, use 16 ounces. If using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients), use 19 ounces.
- Stir in a pinch of salt.
- Pour a large spoonful of the mixture into one bowl. Pour a second large spoonful of the mixture into another bowl, and keep the remaining fudge in the large bowl. You can divide the mixture by three in any proportion you prefer, or equally. I had a bit more of the white fudge.
- And a few drops of red and blue food coloring to the two smaller bowls and stir well. Add a few drops off white food coloring to the mixture in the larger bowl and stir well.
- The white food coloring is to brighten the fudge a bit. It is optional.
- I highly recommend Americolor Soft Gel Pastes food coloring in Sky Blue (for a truer blue, go for Royal Blue), Bright White, and Red Red.
- TIP: If the fudge starts to thicken too quickly, put the bowls of red, white, and blue fudge individually back in the microwave at 70 percent power for 15 seconds.
- Pour the blue mixture in the bottom of the pan. Top with the white mixture, and the red last. With a toothpick, gently swirl the fudge.
- Chill until well set, several hours. Cut into squares. Makes about 25 pieces.
check out this video to learn how to make 4th of July fudge
printable easy red, white, and blue fudge recipe
Delicious, patriotic, easy red, white, and blue fudge for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.
- 2 ⅔ cups white chocolate morsels
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
- pinch salt
- few drops food coloring red, white, and blue
Grease an 8-inch square baking pan or line with non-stick foil. Set aside.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir, using the residual heat to melt the chocolate. If necessary, microwave at additional 15 second intervals until the mixture is very smooth.
Divide the mixture into 3 bowls. (I had the most of white, and equal amounts for red and blue.) Add a few drops of red, white, and blue food coloring to each bowl and stir well.
Scrape the blue mixture in the bottom of the baking pan. Top with the white, and finally the red. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors.
Cool for at least two hours or overnight and cut into squares.
TIP: If the fudge starts to thicken before you transfer to the baking pan, heat the bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds at 70 percent power.
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This is so fun! I am excited to make it for the 4th of July.