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  • 34 Ratings

Studded with candied cherries, this fudge recipe is a real showstopper. Make this fruity fudge for the holidays, or serve it as an extra special treat.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
1 hr
20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Line a 5-3/4x3x2-inch loaf pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Butter the foil; set aside.

  • Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine the sugar, milk, half-and-half, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Clip a candy thermometer to sides of pan.

  • Continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 236 degrees F, soft ball stage, (about 20 minutes). Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a steady boil.

  • Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter and vanilla but do not stir. Cool, without stirring, to 170 degrees F (about 20 minutes). Remove thermometer from saucepan. Beat mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes. Add 1/3 cup cherries. Beat mixture vigorously for 1 minute more. Pour into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Let stand until firm. Use foil to lift fudge from pan; remove foil. To serve, top with additional cherries. Cut fudge into thick slices. Makes 20 servings.


Before making candy, always calibrate your thermometer by placing in boiling water. Adjust candy temperature depending on whether the water boils above or below 212°F. We recommend the digital Williams-Sonoma Oil and Candy Thermometer. The digital read out makes cooking to the right temperature easy. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/digital-oil-and-candy-thermometer/

Nutrition Facts

108 calories; fat 1g; cholesterol 4mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 24g; sugars 22g; vitamin a 48.6IU; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 71mg; potassium 18mg; calcium 20.2mg.