Our Best-Ever Cherry Fudge

Learn how to create our all-time favorite Candied Cherry Opera Fudge in six simple steps.
Candied Cherry Opera Fudge Candied Cherry Opera Fudge

Smooth and rich, dotted with sweet candied cherries, this decadent fudge is always a showstopper. Follow the next slides for step-by-step instructions for getting it right.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Line the Pan Line the Pan

To make it easy to remove and slice the fudge, line the mini loaf pan with foil. Turn the pan upside down and shape the foil over the bottom of the pan. Next, fit the foil down into the pan, extending the edges over the sides and pressing into the corners. Butter the foil and set aside.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Butter the Saucepan Butter the Saucepan

Before adding ingredients to the saucepan, brush sides of the saucepan with softened butter. This will keep the fudge mixture from boiling over as it cooks.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Cook and Stir Cook and Stir

Add the ingredients to the saucepan as directed. Cook and stir to dissolve the sugar, then clip the candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. Continue cooking and stirring, adjusting heat to maintain a steady boil, until the thermometer registers 236°F (soft ball stage).

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Remove from Heat Remove from Heat

Once the fudge mixture has reached 236°F, add butter and vanilla but do not stir. Cool without stirring until the temperature drops to 170°F. This will take about 20 minutes.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Stir in the Cherries Stir in the Cherries

Remove thermometer from the pan and beat the mixture vigorously for 5 minutes. Add candied cherries and beat 1 minute more.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins
Let it Set Let it Set

Pour fudge into the foil-lined pan, spreading evenly with a spatula. Let it stand at room temperature until firm. Use foil edges to lift the fudge from the pan. Invert onto a plate and pull the foil away. Sprinkle fudge with additional candied cherries and cut into thick slices to serve.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Stand: 20 mins