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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



  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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3881kcal Calories from fat 946
% Daily Value
Total Fat 105g 162%
Saturated Fat 67g 335%
Cholesterol 249mg 83%
Sodium 869mg 36%
Carbohydrate 532g 177%
Sugars 521g
Protein 14g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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11 comments on “Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe

  1. Looks Yummy. Perfect for the 4th too.Thanks for sharing at the inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

  2. Amazing colors, very creative 🙂

  3. Perfect for Independence Day! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Such a great idea for July 4th! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  5. Just pinned your awesome fudge! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. The fudge looks yummy! Pinning! Visiting you from Katherine’s corner.

  7. Those are really cute and look super easy. I’ve never seen cream cheese in fudge before.

  8. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party!

  9. These look so cool! Love the swirls! Pinned & sharing on FB. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

  10. 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.