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.
One place says full bag of white chocolate chips, another place it says 2 cups. A bag of the chocolate chips is only 11 ounces, and 2 cups would be 16 ounces. Which is it?
Weight volume is different, so 2 cups of chocolate chips is equal to 12 ounces. Bags of chips all used to be 12 ounces, but I see some white chips are now 11 oz. For this particular fudge recipe, the 2 cups or 11 ounce bag will work. If you are worried that it won't set properly, reduce the butter to 1 tablespoon.
How do you make this without nasty extract. I hate any extract it doesn't taste like anything it is supposed to be.
You can leave out the extract and enjoy a plain vanilla fudge. If you use a good quality extract, they usually taste like what they say.
This looks delicious, thank you for sharing!
I'm going to try 1/2 White Chocooate/Orange and 1/2 Semi Sweet Chocolate. My husband loves anything Chocolate and Orange together
I made this today and it was great. I used a cap of lorraine orange oil flavoring
Thank you so much for the recipy, it sounds so good. I was thinking of making it this weekend. I also thought of using red and raspberry also. These would make very pretty tasty dishes.
I came across yoyr recipe while doing a search for creamsicle fudge and it looked so easy that I gave it a try. While the fudge came out ok all I taste is the vanilla frosting, even with 2 teaspoons of orange extract.
Is there a trick to makeing this taste more like creamsicle then vanilla frosting? Maybe a better extraxt?
Even with the white chocolate melted into it, you still thought it tasted like frosting? I have made this so many times for events and no one has ever said that about it. A better quality orange extract may help. You could also add an extra teaspoon of orange extract to give it more of a stronger flavor. I would recommend adding 1/2 teaspoon at a time and taste testing it before swirling it together though.
Thank you for your reply Jocelyn, I'll go get a new bottle of orange extract (maybe mine was too old) and try your recipe again.
The batch that I have is still good but yes, all I can taste is the vanilla frosting.
Your Recipes look great. Thank you.
It's not clear to me about the extract and gel coloring amounts. Is it 1 1/2 of extract AND 1 1/2 of the gel???
The recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons of orange extract and some orange gel food coloring. You will only use a little bit of food coloring as it is very concentrated. So, yes, it is two separate ingredients.
How much butter?
This recipe uses 2 Tablespoons of butter, as shown in the printable recipe card in the post. I hope you enjoy this yummy fudge!
I can't wait to make this... I'm gonna try to do it with almond flavering... Any one with me???
I was thinking of Raspberry and red
These look fantastic.ty
Love the cake, as do my friends, this is a no brainer, gonna make on Sunday
Hey, did you have a chance to try these? What did you think?
Do these taste very canned frosting-y?
I don't think you can taste the frosting at all. I hope you make it and enjoy the fudge!
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why not make your own frosting if you don't like canned or think you can taste it??
This is also yummy if you use strawberry flavoring and red food coloring. Thank you for another wonderful idea!
Such a neat idea! Looks yummy, too!
Jocelyn, these look so good. I will have to try these this summer.