White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! Just perfect for the holidays!

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This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! Just perfect for the holidays! // Mom On Timeout


I am finally, FINALLY completely recovered from the cruise!  Woohoo!  Now I’m about to tear my house apart again for Thanksgiving…does the fun never end???  No, seriously, I am really looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving this year and kind of redeeming myself in my family’s eyes after boycotting last Thanksgiving in favor of going to Disneyland.  I’m just awful :)

I’ve been busting out fudge left and right lately and it’s kind of like my new favorite thing.  Good thing Chris’s coworkers also like fudge because I swear I’m sending in a tray every day!  My latest love is this White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge.

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! Just perfect for the holidays! // Mom On Timeout

It’s pure heaven in your mouth.  The white chocolate is so smooth, so creamy, so rich and the cranberries just cut through it all perfectly with a refreshing zip.  I made life easy and just used a bag of Craisins cause that’s how I roll :)

I only used 1 cup of white chocolate chips in this recipe so you get that sweet, rich taste but it’s not overpowering.  Chris said this is his favorite one so far.  Well, this and the Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Fudge.  The kids agree.  I could hardly keep their little fingers out of the frame as I was shooting – despite the fact that I had a whole plate over on the counter.  Boys!

So you’ll notice that this fudge is thinner.  I went with a 9×13 baking dish instead of the standard 8×8 or 9×9.  You could totally use those, of course, but I wanted a little different look for this fudge.  Something a bit more elegant :)  I love it!

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! Just perfect for the holidays! // Mom On Timeout

I also used clear vanilla extract – not a deal-breaker – but it keeps the fudge that dreamy, creamy white and really makes those cranberries pop!

I know many of you get scared off when I ask you to use a candy thermometer, but, trust me, YOU can do this. I have used many candy thermometers. over the years but my favorite is this digital candy thermometer here.

You can set your desired temperature and it will beep at you when it gets close so that you’re ready for the next step. Also? I’ve been using it for a couple years and it’s still 100% accurate – just tested it again this morning :)


White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! Just perfect for the holidays!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ c sour cream (not light)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (clear vanilla extract if you want whiter fudge)
  • 1 (5 oz) bag dried cranberries (Craisins)
  1. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine sugar, sour cream, butter and salt in a heavy 2 qt saucepan.
  3. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, to soft ball stage (238 degrees).
  5. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until fully melted. This will take a few minutes :)
  6. Stir in the marshmallow creme and vanilla extract until smooth and blended.
  7. Stir in dried cranberries until evenly distributed.
  8. Pour into the baking dish, cool to room temperature.
  9. Chill in refrigerator for several hours before cutting into squares,
  10. Store in an airtight container.

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! Just perfect for the holidays! // Mom On Timeout

What can I say?  I’m in love!!

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More fudge we adore:


Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge


Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Fudge


 Pumpkin Butterscotch Fudge


Perfect Pineapple Fudge


Peanut Butter Rocky Road Fudge


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  1. Wow that looks sooo good! Really kind of a beautiful recipes, awesome job! :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow
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  2. pinned! White choc & cran are SUCH a great flavor combo!

    • Thanks Averie! Yes! And this fudge…seriously, sometimes it’s worth it to actually make fudge without SCM to get this amazing texture and consistency. My husband and kids have just been so impressed with this fudge and of course now I’m thinking what other variations could I do… Have a wonderful week girl!

  3. Try adding fresh orange zest along with the dried cranberries… amazing flavor!

    • Oh I love that flavor combination Michelle! I made pancakes this morning with fresh cranberries and some orange zest just to see how it would taste – AMAZING! It was soo good :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. What exactly is soft ball stage? And do I need to have a thermometer to make this?

    • Hi Mikka! Soft ball is a temperature between 234-240 degrees. A candy thermometer is really needed to accurately make this fudge. Soft ball will also be marked on a candy thermometer so you can easily tell when it’s done. If you don’t have a candy thermometer I would recommend buying one. They aren’t too expensive and are wonderful to have around this time of year :) Thanks for stopping by!

      • Ok :) The hubs is taking Tuesday off so we can get last minute items because we are hosting dinner for our Marine Corps family this year and I am super excited about making them something tasty like this to nibble on :) Thank you so much and I absolutely LOVE your blog!!

        • Awesome Mikka! The fudge is good for at least a week after you make it so making it early is no problem at all. Here are a few tips: Don’t place the candy thermometer into the pan until after all the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Be patient when stirring in the white chocolate chips – they can be stubborn when melting. Use a heavy saucepan for more even heating.

          I can’t wait to hear how it goes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

          • So making it wasn’t hard at all!! The other half was taste testing along the way as well lol. How do you get your fudge so flat on top? And do you smooth it with a spatula or a spoon or just let it settle on its own? I can NOT wait to try it later today!

          • That’s awesome Mikka! So glad you had your hubby help out :) I just let the fudge settle on it’s own. How did yours turn out?

          • Thank you for the tips as well! I had the hubs stir his heart out for those chocolate chips :)

          • It turned out FABULOUS!!! I didn’t expect it to be so good! Those Marines were putty in my hands for that fudge! I am going to send some to the shop with him so they can enjoy it there as well :) The hubs said he is being stingy with the rest that we have at home! Thanks so much for this recipe. And it really is for beginners, worked out great for me!

          • Woohoo Mikka! I am SO happy to hear that!! I totally need to make another batch ASAP :) Have a wonderful weekend!!

  5. Oh this looks divine! Is there anything that could replace the marshmallow creme? It’s not something we get in New Zealand.

    • Sorry, that’s Helen not H

    • Hi Helen! I’ve never tried this BUT I found this conversion online: “I used 4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows and 2 tsp corn syrup in place of 7 oz marshmallow creme in my fudge recipe. The fudge tastes great, is soft and easy to cut into pieces.”

      Maybe give it a try?

      • Dominique says:

        I too had a hard time finding Marshmallow Creme here in Canada BUT i did find out how to make it from scratch. It’s a little more involved than adding marshmallows but it only took me about 30 minutes and is super easy. All you need is 3 egg whites, corn syrup, sugar and vanilla. :) Great fudge! Giving it as a guest favour at my wedding shower next weekend!

        Marshmallow fluff recipe found here:

        • That is so awesome and I bet the homemade marshmallow creme tastes AMAZING Dominique! So glad you gave it a try :) Have a wonderful weekend!

        • Hi,
          I live in canada too and I found the marshmallow cream at No frills in Edmonton, if you are in Montréal the name change for Maxi. I know your post its from decembre but maybe you’ll readed :)

          Thank you for the recipe Trish, I’m waiting for the chocolate chip to melt but its take 20min now, is it normal?

          • It definitely shouldn’t take 20 minutes :) If it is taking that long, I would probably turn the heat back on – super low – and warm it up again because the fudge isn’t hot enough to melt the chocolate. Thank you!

  6. This fudge is gorgeous!

  7. can u make this fudge in a double boiler I have candy thermometer
    I did pumpkin fudge and it was awsome

  8. I was justing thinking of some fudge like this the other day! :) It looks delicious! I love white chocolate and cranberries together.
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  9. This fudge is gorgeous and so perfect for the holidays! You just keep the fudge coming…I love it!!!!
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  10. So happy your trip was a blast! This fudge has got to be the prettiest fudge I’ve seen in a long time, Trish. By the way, LOVE your new pic…you’re just so pretty!
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  11. I’m loving this fudge kick you’re on Trish! This one might be my favorite so far- that color combo is just stunning! And I love the thinner rectangles, they are so elegant. Beautifully done! Happy Thanksgiving, dear! <3
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  12. can i use the sour cream light, that’s what i just bought. If not may i ask why? Thank you!
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  13. Can you confirm what 3/4 c means is that a carton cup and what marshmallow creme is? I have not heard of this in Australia. Thanks nat

  14. YUM! This is beautiful!

  15. I discovered your blog this morning and I have to say this fudge sounds delicious! I’m going to add it to my list of Christmas goodies to make this year. Last year I made this loaded chocolate bourbon fudge – http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/12/loaded-chocolate-bourbon-fudge/ and it was so yummy. I’ll probably make it again this year as well.

  16. I don’t care for sour cream. Is the taste of the sour cream strong in this fudge? Thanks.

  17. Absolutely love the White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge! I’ll definitely be trying it this season.
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  18. This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make it in time for the holiday season. Thanks for the great recipe.

  19. Tina Hoffman says:

    White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge?? Oh my, where have you been all my life? This is going to be my signature contribution to this year’s Christmas Eve pot luck! Thank you SO much!

  20. Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made it as part of my Christmas gifts. It’s amazing!! I’m in Australia, and you can get marshmallow creme at some American food stores (costco, USA foods) and I’ve even seen it at the reject shop.
    Thanks again! I’m so happy with it!

  21. Who doesn’t love fudge? I’m usually not a huge fan of white chocolate, but this looks amazing!
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  22. This turned out wonderful! I substituted orange extract for the vanilla and it’s amazing!

  23. I made this tonight, but when I added in the white chocolate, the butter separated. Did I do something wrong?

  24. I just came across your fudge recipes on Pinterest. They look devine. I can’t wait to try this one. It looks beautiful and delicious all in one and perfect for Christmas. Question though, I had always been told not to put fudge in the refrigerator because it would change the consistency. Have I been told wrong?

  25. Delicious and easy to make.

  26. Hi. I made this last night and put it in the fridge overnight to set. This morning I got up to cut it but it doesn’t seem as if it’s set all the way. What sort of consistency should it be when it’s ready to cut? Trying to figure out how I went wrong here. It’s just not as firm as I thought it would be so I tossed it in the freezer for a bit.

    • It should be firm but soft. What temperature did you take it to and did you check to make sure your thermometer was accurate first? I ask because yesterday I was talking to my sister who makes fudge year round and she had a couple of failed attempts yesterday only to find out here thermometer is no longer reading accurately. Serious bummer :(

      It should be firm enough to cut through even at room temperature but since it sounds like it’s not, the freezer was probably the best idea. Let me know how it goes Tina and Merry Christmas!

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  28. These are so perfect for Christmas! They look amazing! Pinned!

  29. I made this as my first attempt ever at making fudge and you spoiled me! It was amazing! I have since tried two other recipes (with actual chocolate) and they just cannot compare, so I am going to try this one again. Thank you!

  30. Dunno what I did wrong but these were still goo this morning. Did everything even down to using the candy thermometer. Disappointed because I so wanted to be eating cranberry fudge lol.

  31. Since fresh cranberries are in season now, and I have some leftover from Thanksgiving, can those be used? Would you change how it’s heated or anything? I just thought maybe since I had some extra I could try that. It looks delicious! I love those 2 ingredients!

  32. I made this last night and when I went to cut it this ,orning, it seems sticky. Is this normal

  33. I have tried in my 60+ years to make traditional homemade fudge and I would fail it– I even failed no fail fudge– lol— My mother could make the best out of this world fudge and she stood over me several times to see what I was doing wrong well guess what she threw her hands up in the air said I did everything right but it failed– I finally figured on my own how to make fantasy fudge and mams fudge and other kinds by studing the recipe over and making it microwave style– and everyone who has ate never knew I made it that way– yes score one for me finally–lol– I normally dont post on someone like Trish recipes but I seen a few who are having problems maybe this will help them—I took my fantasy fudge recipe compared and did this hope– 2 cups sugar
    ¾ c sour cream
    ½ cup butter
    ½ tsp salt
    1 cup white chocolate chips
    1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 (5 oz) bag dried cranberries (Craisins)
    Microwave butter in 4-quart microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted. Add sugar and sour cream– mix well. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until mixture begins to boil, stirring after 3 minutes. Mix well–scrape bowl. Continue microwaving on HIGH 5-1/2 minutes– stir after 3 minutes. Stir in chips until melted. Add remaining ingredients—mix well. Pour into greased foil lined 9×13 pan. Cool at room temperature; cut into squares.

  34. I have a marshmallow cookbook with a recipe for fluff, since I hate that jar stuff. I will replace that, and add orange zest! Cant wait!

  35. 1/2 c salt? Sure it’s a misprint and when I looked over comments didn’t see where anyone noticed.

  36. Sorry if this was already covered…how long does the process take? From start until it goes into the refrigerator?


  37. Hi, I’m in the UK and wanted to check what sugar you are using. Is it caster sugar? Can’t wait to make this for my annual office Christmas bake!

  38. Angela Jenkins says:

    HI Trish,

    I have just had a go at the white chocolate cranberry fudge for the first time.
    It caught slightly on the bottom of the saucepan although I was stirring all the time.
    So it has left my fudge not white but a very pale peach colour.
    Any advice please.


    • Teresa Ziegler says:

      Hi Trish,

      I just made the White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge – it’s in the fridge setting up now. But like Angela, mine didn’t stay a nice creamy white. The mixture turned light brown before it reached the soft ball stage. Your thoughts?

  39. Hi there, I made this fudge last night, the taste is fantastic but I can’t seem to get the fudge to set up right. I didn’t use a thermometer, could it be because I didn’t boil the fudge at the correct temperature? Any ideas on how I can get it to set? Thanks!!

  40. I too have always made fudge like my Mother did when we were still kids. Usually peanut butter fudge, made with cocoa, evaporated milk real sugar. I’ve made fudge with chips before, but not much luck with white chocolate. I can’t wait to go shopping tomorrow to get all my ingredient, get back home and try at least 3 of your beautiful fudge recipes.
    I just hope mine looks and tastes as good as yours does. Happy Holidays, right around the corner, and perfect timing too. Thank you Trish,


  41. I was wondering if I could use fresh cranberries rather than the dried.

  42. hi, i don’t have the white vanilla- could i sub in vanilla sugar?

  43. The photo is misleading, it shows fresh cranberries. I wonder if fresh berries could be used in this recipe.

  44. I too want to use fresh cranberries. I like them better. Do you think it will work? I thought I would chop them up though.

  45. Megan Murray says:

    I made this last year around Christmas time. We added 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped pecans. It was so gorgeous.
    Saved half of it for my family and gave half of it as a gift. It was amazing.

  46. carol plant says:

    how long can i store this in the fridge – i am going to be giving some as part of xmas gifts and wanted to make it this week if possible – will it still be ok at xmas or can it be frozen at all

  47. How did you get your fudge to be so white? I followed your exact recipe besides the ultra clear vanilla and. T fudge is light brown color. Not a deal breaker, but I want to try and get white. Thanks!

  48. I made this fudge and followed all ingredients to the letter but fudge was not pure white like yours so what brand of white chips do you used, yours is so pretty and mine is a very pale yellow

  49. Barbara Plunkett Turner says:

    Y’all make fudge way too hard! Look, all you gotta do is this: Take a regular can of Sweetened condensed milk, a standard bag of semi-sweet choc. chips or milk choc, whatever, you melt the chips in the nuker for about 2 min, stirring every 30 secs. increments, take it out, stir in the sweet cond. milk, pour into whatever you want to mold it, fridge it for about 2 hrs. voila. Easy peasy! My fav recipe!

  50. Y’all make fudge way too hard! Look, all you gotta do is this: Take a regular can of Sweetened condensed milk, a standard bag of semi-sweet choc. chips or milk choc, whatever, you melt the chips in the nuker for about 2 min, stirring every 30 secs. increments, take it out, stir in the sweet cond. milk, pour into whatever you want to mold it, fridge it for about 2 hrs. voila. Easy peasy! My fav recipe! —— and yes that’s 3 t’s in my facebook address.

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