Turn easy vanilla fudge into a star spangled sweet with one of our favorite easy 4th of July dessert recipes!

Looking for a fun and easy red white and blue dessert recipe for Fourth of July? Whip up this red white and blue vanilla fudge! Made with cream cheese, this fudge recipe is easy enough for the kids to help make, too.

Fudge is one of my favorite dessert recipes to make.  Probably because it doesn’t require any baking. My butter pecan fudge recipe is out of this world amazing!

Fudge is great in the winter, but it gets ignored all summer long. So why not add a little red, white, and blue to an easy vanilla fudge recipe to dress it up for summer!

Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe

Easy Fudge Recipe

To get started, line an 8×8 square baking pan with aluminum foil and gather the ingredients.

Fudge Recipe with Cream Cheese

Beat the cream cheese until light and smooth.  Let the mixer go 1 minute longer than you think.  Add the powdered sugar and beat again to combine the two thoroughly. Set aside.

Quick Fudge Recipe

Next, set out three knives and two bowls. Put red gel color on one knife and blue gel color on the other.  The third knife is to use to swirl the colors.

Melt candy melts or vanilla chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan on low heat, stirring regularly.  Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Patriotic Fudge

Pour 1/3 of the fudge in to the prepared pan. Put another 1/3 in to each of the two bowls. Add red gel to one bowl and blue gel to the other bowl and mix each one well.

Swirl Fudge Recipe

Put small dollops of the red and blue fudge on top of the white fudge in the pan.

4th of July Fudge

Use a clean knife to gently swirl the red and blue.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or until the fudge has set.

Easy Vanilla Fudge

Cut in to 1″ squares for serving.


Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe
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  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Probably 1 minute longer than you think.
  3. Add powdered sugar and beat well.
  4. Now get ready! Get your gel color onto the knives. Get your two bowls to mix color ready. Get an additional knife for swirling.
  5. In a saucepan and on low, melt candy melts and coconut oil as you stir constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Mix with cream cheese mixture.
  7. Pour 1/3 of the melted candy into your prepared pan and 1/3 into the two bowls. Add red and blue color gels and mix well.
  8. Dollop colors onto the white fudge in the pan and use a clean knife to swirl the colors together.
  9. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Remove from pan and remove foil from fudge. Cut into squares.
  10. Makes 64 1" squares.


I've made this both ways - heating candy melts in the microwave and on the stove. And I have had different results each time. What usually happens with the microwave method, is that the mix of cream cheese and melted candy turns into dough and is not smooth. If that happens, simply microwave the mix in 15 second intervals, stirring after each trip to the microwave until it is smooth.



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2 comments on “Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe

  1. This fudge is beautiful! I never would have thought to use Wilton candy melts for fudge. I use them for cake pops all the time. You’re creativity is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.