Like clockwork, December arrives and the desire to make fudge is almost as strong as my craving to eat it. I think fudge is a perfect metaphor for December: intense, sweet, rich. Multum in parvo, translated ‘a great deal in a small space‘.
That’s exactly how I’d describe this cranberry-orange fudge which is packed with strips of fat sticky orange peel and tart dried cranberries. The fruit is suspended in creamy white chocolate candy, and slicing it into squares is real neat. You get a different cross-section design of orange peel and cranberry with each piece.
This recipe relies on precious few ingredients, so quality chocoalte is important. Valrhona Ivoire and other white chocolate pistoles with at least 30% cocoa butter will make this fudge extra special. However, quality bars of white chocolate are easy to locate in well-stocked grocery stores. Finely chop any of these: Green and Black’s, Lindt Swiss White Chocolate, Ghiradelli White Chocolate.
The white chocolate is mixed with sweetened condensed milk and then melted over a double boiler (or heated in the microwave if you’re short on time). After mixing in the candied fruit, just pour the mixture in a plastic wrap- lined pan. 8 x 8-inches square is the usual pan size called for, but I always use my Le Creuset 7×5-inch dish.
You can’t get much simpler than fudge made with only four ingredients! The flavors truly evoke the essence of the season and I can’t wait to share this candy with the people I love.
- 1 pound 16 oz. quality chocolate, finely chopped
- 14.5 ounces 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup 6 oz. candied orange peel strips
- 1 cup 4 oz. dried cranberries
- Coarse sanding sugar optional
- Line an 8-inch square pan with plastic wrap that overhangs all four edges and coat with cooking spray.
- Double boiler method: Place the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a large glass heat-proof bowl or the top bowl of a double boiler. Mix to combine. Set the bowl over a simmering pot of water and heat, stirring constantly until completely melted and consistent.
- Microwave directions: Place the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat uncovered in the microwave on high (100% power) in 1-minute increments stirring well between each, until melted and smooth. This will take about 3 minutes. Be careful; the bowl may get hot.
- When the chocolate mixture is melted and smooth, add the orange peel and cranberries. Fold together with a rubber spatula. Immediately pour the candy into the prepared pan, pressing it down into the corners of the pan using the back of the rubber spatula. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using. Transfer the pan to the refrigerator and let chill until set, about 2 hours.
- Lift the chilled candy out of the pan by the overhanging plastic wrap; cut the candy slab into pieces using a large chef’s knife.
- The fudge may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Hi. Where can I find the orange peel candy?
Hi! Candied orange peel can be found at most grocery stores around the holidays. If you have a Whole Foods locally or an Earth Fare, they usually have it in strips like I used. You can also order it online. A link is provided in the second paragraph of this blog post. Thanks for asking!
Looks gorgeous! Any recommendations for candying orange peel?
Hi Kameron! I should have a recipe for candied orange peel on this blog but it's an oversight that I hope to remedy soon. In the meantime, please see Alton Brown's excellent recipe (link follows). It is simple with good results.
Looks like I'll need to try this! ? yummo!
These fudge candy look perfect and so easy to make! Will definitely give it a try for Christmas ♥
Yum, that looks delicious. I have candied my own peel and dipped it in dark chocolate, so I know it is very do-able! I am definitely adding this to my baking list, thanks!
Lady bro, this is the language of LOVE to me. This fudge looks fantastic! Love, White Chocolate Lover Jessie
Hello, can you apply the measures to kgs or g? I´m afraid to do it myself in
a converter online and don´t have the same result. Can i use another ingredients?
Hi! If you're using a scale, could you go by the ounces I provided? What other ingredients would you like to use? You can definitely sub out the fruit for other ingredients – pretzels, marshmallows, nuts… go crazy!
Did not harden to fudge. Remained a goopy mess when made. Have seen this exact recipe on other recipe sites with similar comments from users.
Hi Auburndad50! I've made this multiple times and always with success. This makes me wonder if you used the right kind of canned milk? Sweetened condensed milk is thick and syrupy from the can, which is what you should use in this recipe. Evaporated milk is liquid and pours like whole milk. Sorry you had trouble!
Do you need to keep this fudge cool or can it be stored at room temperature?
You can keep this fudge at room temp! -h