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Holly Jolly Fudge

(16 Votes)
Holly Fudge
3 dozen squares
15 Min

It's the best time of the year! If you're looking for something special and sweet to give as a gift to the important people in your life, then you've found the perfect recipe! Our Holly Jolly Fudge looks festive, tastes amazing, and is the best kind of gift--one that comes straight from the heart. Plus, Holly Jolly Fudge is so easy to make, you'll have a jolly good time making it for everyone this holiday season! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup red and green candied cherries, chopped

What to Do

  1. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In large saucepan over medium heat, bring granulated sugar, butter, heavy cream, and salt to a boil, stirring frequently. Allow to boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  3. Remove from heat and slowly add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, stirring until smooth and well combined. Stir in cherries until evenly distributed. 
  4. Spoon into baking dish and chill 1 hour or until firm. Cut into squares and serve, or store in an airtight container.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • ♫It's the most wonderful time of the year! And we love how versatile our fudge is! If you prefer, leave out the candied cherries and you'll have a great vanilla fudge to share with the whole family. 
  • For more Christmas candy recipes, check out our Candy Cane Chocolate Bark and our fan-favorite Ice Cube Chocolates! If you're whipping these up as a gift, make sure to check out our Hot Cocoa Mix
  • What do you think of our Holly Jolly Fudge? 

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 3

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 1,207
  • Calories from Fat 407
  • Total Fat 45g 70 %
  • Saturated Fat 28g 142 %
  • Trans Fat 1.2g 0 %
  • Protein 1.1g 2 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 135mg 45 %
  • Sodium 434mg 18 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 203g 68 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10 %
  • Sugars 180g 0 %

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Could you replace the cherries with red and green gumdrops?

Easy to make, but be's like eating a creamy sugar cube.

I think this recipe looks yummy, gonna make it for Christmas....

I think I will add crushed peppermints instead of the cherries. Love peppermint bark so I'll experiment and see what happens ...

Let us know how it turns out. I would like to try it, also. Merry Christmas!!

I tried this version, adding the peppermint and wasn't impressed. What it lacks is the white-chocolate flavor. Hmmmm, maybe I can add white chocolate chips to replace the confectioner's sugar ????

On second thought, maybe I'll try this recipe instead which incorporates white chocolate.

I have made this fudge twice this week...super easy ...looks gorgeous on a cookie tray & and actually taste as good as it looks !!! Well Done !!! Thanks for the recipe!

No way does this make 3 dozen in an 8" square pan!!

cut 6 by 6 to get 36 cut larger if desired. no matter what sizes you want it is still very good

Can you use fresh cherries or the jar kind?

i just love this website!!!! i have gotten so many recipes from it and we have loved them all. thank you so much!!!

i saw this and it was so pretty i had to try it. very easy to make turned out great everyone loves it. i will make it every year

How many days will these remain good? That is if we can not eat them all before we can give them all away.

I think I'd get my red and green from M&M's.

how did the M&M's work out

Sounds yummy i will try it.


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