Escape to summer no matter the weather with this delicious Orange Creamsicle Fudge. This simple orange fudge recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients, and the flavor will transport you to a tropical place.
But don't take our word for it, make a pan for yourself and see why this no fail fudge is so popular.
A few weeks ago I made some pans of fudge, a few sugar cookie bars, and a lot of cheesecake parfaits for a school luncheon that we helped host.
We absolutely love the flavor from this dreamsicle cake, so I decided to use the flavors to make a simple fudge. Adding just a little orange extract and a swirl of color made this orange creamsicle fudge my new favorite fudge.
Why Make This Easy Fudge
Fudge is one of those treats that can be made in just a few minutes, and it is a hit with everyone. You only need one pan and two bowls to make this swirled treat.
You are going to love how easy it is to make this no fail fudge and how it tastes like an orange creamsicle bar. The bonus is that this creamsicle candy will not make your teeth chatter when you bite into it.
Have you heard of frosting fudge? All you need is a bag of chocolate chips and container of canned frosting to make fudge. This simple fudge base is so fun to embellish with different flavors and combos.
- White Chocolate Chips - You will need a large bag of white chips to get 2 cups. (2 cups = 12 ounces)
- Butter - A little bit of unsalted butter helps the white chips melt easier over heat.
- Canned Vanilla Frosting - Melts with the chips to give the two ingredient fudge its sweet and creamy texture.
- Orange Extract - Gives the fudge a delicious orange flavor.
- Orange Food Coloring - Adds a bright splash of color.
How to Make Orange Fudge
This orange creamsicle fudge made with frosting is so easy to put together in minutes. Simply melt the ingredients together, add some flavoring and color, and then swirl in a pan. Easy, peasy!
- Add the white chocolate chips and the butter to a saucepan and heat it over low heat until it melts into a paste like dough.
- Remove the foil lid from the canned frosting and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and pour it into the white chocolate mixture.
- Continue to stir over the low heat until the fudge is melted and creamy.
- Divide the hot fudge mixture into two separate bowls.
- Add the orange extract and and a little bit of gel food coloring to one bowl and mix it in very thoroughly.
- Drop spoonfuls of vanilla fudge and orange fudge into a foil-lined pan. Spoon about half of each color into the bottom of the pan, then swirl it gently with a knife.
- Repeat this step with the remaining fudge. Swirl the top one more time and then let it cool for about 10 minutes
- Add the orange jelly candies, if desired. Do not add them too soon, or they will sink down into the orange cream fudge too far.
Counter: This easy fudge will keep on the counter for 3-4 days in a tightly sealed container.
Refrigerator: Keep this orange creamsicle fudge in an air tight container in the fridge for 6-7 days.
Freezer: Wrap the entire block of fudge in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer safe bag or container for 1-2 months. To serve, remove and thaw overnight in the fridge; cut into squares right before you need it. Freezing it whole keeps the fudge from drying out.
Tips and Tricks
- Line a pan with foil or parchment paper, so you can lift the orange swirl fudge out easily once it is set.
- Heat the white chocolate chips and butter over a very low heat to avoid scorching or burning the chocolate.
- Use a toothpick to add the orange gel coloring a little bit at time. Gel colors are very concentrated, so you will only need a little bit.
- Let the creamsicle fudge completely cool before cutting it into squares.
A 12 ounce bag of chocolate is equal to 2 cups.
Yes, this fudge is a great dessert to make early because it needs time to cool and set up before you can cut it.
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*The post for Orange Creamsicle Fudge was first published May 17, 2017. The post was updated and republished May 10, 2021.