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Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe

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

red, white and blue fudge on a plate

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

candy melts, powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract and coloring gels

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

cream cheese mixture for fudge

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.

knives with blue and red color gels to make red white and blue vanilla fudge

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.

white vanilla fudge in a square pan

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.

white vanilla fudge in a square pan with glops of blue and red fudge on top

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

red and blue fudge swirled together in a pan

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

squares of Easy red white and blue Vanilla Fudge on a plate

Cut in to 1″ squares for serving.


Yield: 64 pieces

Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe

Red White and Blue Vanilla Fudge Recipe

Turn an easy vanilla fudge red, white and blue for a patriotic treat.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces Wilton candy melts in white or vanilla baking chips
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla
  • Color Gels in blue and red


  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. Prepare the color gel. Put 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.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  7. Mix with cream cheese mixture.
  8. 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.
  9. Dollop colors onto the white fudge in the pan and use a clean knife to swirl the colors together.
  10. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  11. Remove from pan and remove foil from fudge. Cut into 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g




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  • Theresa
    June 29, 2017

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

  • Petra
    June 26, 2017

    Amazing colors, very creative 🙂

  • Ai @Ai made it for you
    June 26, 2017

    Perfect for Independence Day! Thanks for sharing!

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

  • Miz Helen
    June 23, 2017

    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

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

  • Julie- Logger's Wife
    June 22, 2017

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

  • Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party!

  • Kim~madeinaday
    June 20, 2017

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

  • Kelsey
    May 4, 2016

    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.

    • Camille
      May 4, 2016

      Thanks, Kelsey! The melts work well in place of vanilla chips most of the time.