Cranberry-Orange Fudge

READY IN: 3hrs 45mins
Recipe by Chef Buggsy Mate

This is a true old fashioned candy makers cheating with this one. It takes a bit of extra work, but once you taste it you will agree that it was worth all the effort. Cooking time includes 2 hours of chilling time.

Top Review by Sydney Mike

VERY NICE! I'm a lover of cranberry & orange ANYTHING, & when you combine that with nice textured fudge, well...! I some homemade candied orange peel that I used for this, AND also substituted 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract for half of the vanilla flavoring! Turned out wonderfully for me ~ Many thanks! [Made & reviewed as a tagged bonus in Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #14, Mar 08]

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. combine cranberries and orange juice in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  2. cover and microwave on high 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute.
  3. allow to stand covered 10 minutes.
  4. coarsely chop cranberries.
  5. line and 8" square baking pan with greased foil that extends over on two sides.
  6. butter sides of a heavy large saucepan.
  7. combine sugar, whipping cream and corn syrup.
  8. stirring constantly, cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves.
  9. using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, wash down any sugar crystals on the sides of the pan.
  10. attach a candy thermometer to pan, make sure it does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  11. increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil.
  12. cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches soft ball stage (234-240 degrees).
  13. test 1/2 tsp mixture in ice water (mixture will form a ball in the water but will flatten in your hand).
  14. place pan in 2" of cold water in the sink.
  15. add butter and vanilla; do not stir.
  16. cool to approximately 110 degrees.
  17. remove from sink.
  18. using medium speed of and electric mixer, beat until fudge thickens and begins to lose its gloss.
  19. stir in orange peel and cranberries.
  20. pour into prepared pan.
  21. cover and chill two hours.
  22. cut into 1" pieces.

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