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Strawberry Fudge for Valentine’s Day

Fudge is the perfect treat for any holiday. Not only is it easy to prepare, but there are a variety of flavors you can make and it is fun to decorate it. This fudge is so delicious and it tastes just like strawberry milk. The beautiful swirls of red and pink color in this strawberry fudge make it perfect for Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day Fudge

Fudge is the perfect treat for any holiday. Not only is it easy to prepare, but there are a variety of flavors you can make and it is fun to decorate it. This fudge is so delicious and it tastes just like strawberry milk. The beautiful swirls of red and pink color in this strawberry fudge make it perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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What do I need to make the Valentine’s Day Strawberry Fudge?

There are just six ingredients in this colorful holiday fudge. Here is what you will need to make it:

Ingredients:

Items Needed:

  • 8×8 Square Pan
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients for strawberry fudge

How do I make the Strawberry Fudge?

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it is so simple to make! Here is what you will need to do to prepare the Strawberry Fudge for Valentine’s Day:

Step 1: Microwave the candy melts

Place the red candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Stop every 15 to 30 seconds to stir during the melting process to ensure the candy melts don’t overcook. Then, repeat this process with the pink candy melts.

Pro Tip: If the chocolate starts to dry out, you can add a little coconut oil or butter to it. Do NOT add water or it will cause the chocolate to break.

Melted red candy melts in a white bowl with bowls of cookie decorations around it.

Step 2: Prepare the frosting

Spoon all of the frosting into a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Place it in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute until fully melted and smooth. Set aside ½ of a teaspoon of uncooked frosting if using the heart sprinkles. Add the strawberry extract to the frosting and stir well.

Adding strawberry extract to frosting in a measuring cup.

Step 3: Combine the candy melts and the frosting

Place half of the frosting in with the red candy melts and the other half with the pink candy melts. Stir each color with a wooden spoon until well combined to create a uniform color.

Step 4: Prepare the fudge

Now that all the ingredients are ready, they can be added to the baking pan. Start off by lining the pan with parchment paper, make sure it is hanging over the edges. Alternate pouring in the two colors in random spots, pausing to tap the pan in between so it evens out and removes bubbles. Once all your chocolate mixtures have been poured in and evened out, sprinkle the top of the fudge with as many Valentine’s themed non-pareils.

Strawberry fudge in baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Step 5: Chill the fudge

Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or until hardened.  If desired, use the set aside frosting to add additional decorations like candy hearts. You can do this by placing a dab to the frosting on the back of the candy and lightly pressing it down in the fudge.Plate of Valentine's Day fudge.

Strawberry Fudge Tips and Tricks

  • Fudge is hard: If your fudge turns out hard or seems to fall apart when you’re cutting it, this means too much chocolate was used. You will need to reduce the chocolate the next time. However, it will not alter the taste of it.
  • Fudge will not set: If your fudge won’t set up well, it means not enough chocolate was used. You either need to increase the chocolate used or decrease the amount of frosting the next time around.
  • Adding the frosting to the chocolate: The chocolate may slightly seize when the frosting is added to it. This is normal, just continue to stir and make sure the mixture is pourable.
  • Do NOT add extract to the chocolate: Doing this will ruin the chocolate and cause it to break. The extract has to be mixed into the frosting first.
  • Candy Melts:  If you can’t find strawberry candy melts, you can use plain pink ones as the extract gives the fudge plenty of flavor. If you don’t have access to candy melts, you can use white chocolate chips and color the chocolate with oil based food dye. Do not use water based dye or it ruins the chocolate like the extract does. 

Stacked Valentine's Day fudge.

Valentine's Day Fudge

Strawberry Fudge for Valentine’s Day

Fudge is the perfect treat for any holiday. Not only is it easy to prepare, but there are a variety of flavors you can make and it is fun to decorate it. This fudge is so delicious and it tastes just like strawberry milk. The beautiful swirls of red and pink color in this strawberry fudge make it perfect for Valentine's Day!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Fudge, Valentine's Day Fudge
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Servings: 16 1 inch squares
Calories: 165kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce Container Buttercream Frosting
  • ¾ Cup Red Candy Melts
  • ¾ Cup Strawberry Flavored Pink Candy Melts
  • 1 Teaspoon Strawberry Extract
  • Valentine’s Mix Non-Pareils Sprinkles
  • Pink and Red Heart Sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • Place the red candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Stop every 15 to 30 seconds to stir during the melting process to ensure the candy melts don’t overcook. Then, repeat this process with the pink candy melts.
  • Spoon the frosting into a microwave safe bowl and place it in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until fully melted and smooth. Set aside ½ a teaspoon of uncooked frosting if using the heart sprinkles.
  • Add the extract to the frosting and stir well.
  • Place half of the frosting in with the red candy melts and the other half with the pink candy melts.
  • Stir each mixture until fully mixed and uniform in color.
  • Line your pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang.
  • Alternate pouring in the two colors in random spots, pausing to tap the pan in between so it evens out and removes bubbles.
  • Once all your chocolate mixtures have been poured in and evened out, sprinkle the top of the fudge with as many Valentine’s themed non-pareils as you like.
  • Place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until hardened.
  • If desired, use the set aside frosting to add additional decorations like candy hearts. You can do this by placing a dab to the frosting on the back of the candy and lightly pressing it down in the fudge.

Notes

Strawberry Fudge Tips and Tricks:

  • Fudge is hard: If your fudge turns out hard or seems to fall apart when you’re cutting it, this means too much chocolate was used. You will need to reduce the chocolate the next time. However, it will not alter the taste of it.
  • Fudge will not set: If your fudge won’t set up well, it means not enough chocolate was used. You either need to increase the chocolate used or decrease the amount of frosting the next time around.
  • Adding the frosting to the chocolate: The chocolate may slightly seize when the frosting is added to it. This is normal, just continue to stir and make sure the mixture is pourable.
  • Do NOT add extract to the chocolate: Doing this will ruin the chocolate and cause it to break. The extract has to be mixed into the frosting first.
  • Candy Melts:  If you can’t find strawberry candy melts, you can use plain pink ones as the extract gives the fudge plenty of flavor. If you don’t have access to candy melts, you can use white chocolate chips and color the chocolate with oil based food dye. Do not use water based dye or it ruins the chocolate like the extract does. 
  • Pro Tip: If the chocolate starts to dry out, you can add a little coconut oil or butter to it. Do NOT add water or it will cause the chocolate to break.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 24g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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