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Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge Recipe

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Orange cranberry white chocolate fudge is the perfect addition to your holiday treat making! 

Made with just a few ingredients, this white chocolate fudge recipe is over the top when you mix in orange, cranberries, and pistachios! In about 10 minutes this easy fudge recipe is chilling in the fridge waiting for your next holiday party.

I have always loved holiday baking and treat making.  As a kid I would spend hours pouring over magazines and cook books dreaming of the cookies and candies we would make in December.  One of my favorite holiday treats to make is fudge.

I love the standard fudge, but even more, I love fun and inventive fudge recipes.  Butter pecan fudge is always a staple. My kids love cookies and cream fudge.  This year I decided to make a white chocolate fudge recipe using my favorite winter flavor combination, orange cranberry.

This is just a basic fudge recipe with chips and condensed milk only you use white chocolate chips instead of chocolate chips. Pistachios, cranberries, and orange zest add not only a great flavor, but also make for a pretty fudge. 

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge Recipe

You can make this fudge either on the stove top or in a microwave. We’ve only made it on a stove top so use your best judgment if you make it in the microwave. 

Stove Top Instructions

Combine the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a medium pan over medium heat stirring constantly. Keep stirring until all the chips have melted. Remove from heat.

Stir in 15-20 drops of orange essential oil. Keep tasting until the orange is as strong as you want it. I used 20-25 drops.

 

Stir in cranberries, pistachios and half the orange zest.

Line an 8 x 8 square baking pan with foil and lightly coat with oil. Pour the fudge in the pan. Top the fudge with more cranberries and the remaining orange zest, if desired.

Chill until firm. Cut in to small squares for serving.

Microwave Instructions

I made the white chocolate fudge on the stove top, but it would be easy enough to make a microwave, too. Just put the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl and cook in short time increments.  Stir in between each cooking time. I’d start with 30 seconds and then go down to 15 second increments. 

Once the chips are melted, follow the stove top directions above. 

Orange Fudge Recipe

One of my favorite things about this fudge is that not only does it taste amazing, but it just looks so pretty! The white and red with a hint of green from the pistachios and orange from the zest just looks so festive. 

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 15-20 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • Orange zest from 1 orange

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop the cranberries and pistachios and set aside.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 square baking pan with foil and lightly coat with oil. Set aside.
  3. Melt together the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a medium pan over medium heat stirring constantly. Keep stirring until all the chips have melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in 15-20 drops of orange essential oil. Keep tasting until the orange is as strong as you want it. I used 20-25 drops.
  5. Stir in cranberries, pistachios and half the orange zest.
  6. Carefully pour the fudge in to prepared pan. Top the fudge with more cranberries and the remaining orange zest, if desired.
  7. Chill until firm. Cut in to small squares for serving.
 

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10 Comments
  • Carol
    July 28, 2018

    Where do you find orange essential oil?

  • Pam
    April 18, 2018

    Made this for Christmas. Really delicious and very different kind of taste. The orange really makes this outstanding. Shared this with a friend who made it for a family dinner. She said it was gone in no time.

    • Camille
      April 26, 2018

      It’s one of our favorites! Thank you for sharing.

  • Susan
    December 11, 2016

    It would be nice if those who left comments, had made and rated their finished product. Instead of this mindless chatter about how good it looks. This does not entice people to make the fudge.

    • Mary
      December 2, 2019

      I totally agree with you!

  • Wow I want this right now. Thanks for posting. Hello from Totally Terrific Tuesday.

  • Heidi
    December 1, 2015

    I’m a fudge maker but haven’t tried cranberry orange. Yours looks delish! I’ve for sure got to try it!

  • Creatively Homespun
    December 1, 2015

    This looks fantastic!!! I loved it so much that I featured it in today’s post!! Thank you for linking up last week to Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope to see you again this week!

  • jessica bures
    November 30, 2015

    OH YUM! This fudge makes my mouth water! Thanks for linking it up at Totally Terrific Tuesday!! I cannot wait to see what you brought this week! HOpe you had a great Thanksgiving!!
    Jess