Neapolitan Fudge

filed under: Candy on July 11, 2014
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  • When I had the brilliant idea to create a Neapolitan Fudge I was SO excited to get started!  Then I googled it and realized that everyone has made a Neapolitan Fudge and alas, “my” idea was not so brilliant after all.

    My next mission was finding the best possible recipe.

    Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

     

    It’s actually rather odd how I decided upon this particular fudge.  I found the recipe on Taste of Home and it actually didn’t get a great review.  People were complaining that:

    “Tastes like frosting in a cube. I wish I had read the reviews before I spent the money on the ingredients!”

    Not fudge!!! More like cream cheese frosting!! Very disappointing!”

    “Tastes good but should not be called Fudge…maybe “Looks Like Fudge”, but definitely is not Fudge.”

    Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

    I mean… a fudge that tastes like FROSTING?  Cream Cheese frosting?  

    Frosting in a Cube?

    THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT.

    It’s like those complainers were speaking my love language.

    Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

     

    At the end of the day I was super happy with this “fudge”.  I put fudge in quotations because I am not sure why someone thought it wasn’t fudge, because that is exactly what I thought it was after my first bite.  What makes something not-fudge-like?

    Neapolitan Fudge
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    chilling
    2 hrs
    Total Time
    1 hr
     

    When I had the brilliant idea to create a Neapolitan Fudge I was SO excited to get started! Then I googled it and realized that everyone has made a Neapolitan Fudge and alas, “my” idea was not so brilliant after all.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Neapolitan Fudge
    Servings: 10 servings
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    Ingredients
    Chocolate Layer
    • 1/2 pkg 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 c confectioners' sugar
    • 8 oz milk chocolate melted and cooled
    Raspberry Layer
    • 1/2 pkg 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 c confectioners' sugar
    • 8 oz white baking chocolate melted and cooled
    • 1 tbsp. McCormick Raspberry Extract
    • 2 drops red gel food coloring optional
    Vanilla Layer
    • 1/2 pkg 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 c confectioners' sugar
    • 8 oz white baking chocolate melted an
    Instructions
    1. Line a 9-in. x 9-in. baking pan with parchment and set aside.
    2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat 4 ounces cream cheese until fluffy.
    3. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and then add in the melted milk chocolate.
    4. Spread into prepared pan. (I pressed the layer down as flat as I could.) Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
    Raspberry Layer
    1. In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
    2. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar.
    3. Beat in melted white chocolate and raspberry extract. Tint with food coloring if desired. Spread over top.
    Vanilla Layer
    1. In stand mixer, beat 4 ounces cream cheese until fluffy.
    2. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Beat in melted white chocolate.
    3. Carefully spread over chocolate layer, trying to get layer as flat and even as possible. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

    4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    5. Using parchment paper, lift fudge out of pan. Cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    Normally for Neapolitan I use all things strawberry, and you certainly still can in this instance, (as the flavoring is from raspberry extract, it can easily be switched out for strawberry) but I have to tell you, I really liked the raspberry!

    Neapolitan Fudge! A Great NO BAKE dessert!

     This fudge is a fabulous way to get a delicious treat on a hot summers day.  Plus it’s just plain pretty.

    Check out some of my other Neapolitan Desserts!

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    Neapolitan Rose Spritz Cookies

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    Neapolitan Cupcakes

    Neapolitan Cupcakes!

    Neapolitan Cheesecake

    Neapolitan Cheesecake! Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate no-bake cheesecake!

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  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    Done in the past or no, I still say your are brilliant! Also, please teach me to cut fudge. Those corners are perfection.

    • Amanda says:

      lol Thanks girl! I chilled it overnight then used a sharp knife! 🙂

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    OMG, this is just absolutely calling my name! Sounds super yummy!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks!!

  • Shelly says:

    Well I had never heard of Neapolitan fudge prior to your post, looks yummy and definitely want to try!! And isn’t the whole purpose of fudge to be frosting in a square?? 🙂

  • Claudia says:

    Hi Amanda: I just made this a a birthday “gift” for a dear friend, so hope it turns out yummy.

    One thing though, as I was going through your recipe, I noticed you omitted the vanilla extract in the ingredients list, but mention it in the mixing directions. So, I went to the original website that published this. I see you’ve cut down by half the ingredients, but not the raspberry extract? Is this a typo? (I used 1 Tbsp. before I had to go to the original recipe to see how much vanilla to add.)

    So, I used 3/4 Tbsp. of vanilla extract in keeping close to your 1 Tbsp. of raspberry extract. I will assume all this does is help add a little intensity to the flavors.

    • Amanda says:

      You are amazing Claudia, thank you for pointing that out! I did cut everything in half (and still found it made a big recipe!) and did NOT cut down the raspberry extract. I did completely omit all vanilla (it doesn’t need it IMO) from the recipe, so I will fix that. I hope your friend likes the gift!! I know we loved it. 🙂 thanks again!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    this is the prettiest fudge I’ve ever seen. mmm!

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu says:

    Hehe this post made me laugh! I agree, traditional or not, this fudge looks amazing!!!

  • Michal says:

    That looks divine and the photo is amazing.

  • Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet says:

    Haha how funny, I love your response to the reviews. Yup it sounds good to me too. I love that you used raspberry I think it’s a great match with chocolate.

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    wow.. this looks so delicious. i can never go past a good fudge recipe! thanks for sharing. love it!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    This is gorgeous, and love that you used raspberry!!! PINNED (and drooled)!

  • Connie @ Sprig and Flours says:

    This fudge looks divine! I can’t wait to try it!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hope you enjoy it Connie!

  • Joseph says:

    In answer to your question, “real” fudge is, in a nutshell, chocolate and re-crystallized, under-cooked caramel. “Real” fudge doesn’t have cream cheese, evaporated milk, or a whole host of other things that people like to put into fudge.

    But the more important question is, who cares? If it tastes good, it tastes good.

    • Marilyn says:

      According to dictionary.com fudge is “a soft candy made of sugar, butter, milk, chocolate, and sometimes nuts.”

      • Amanda says:

        Perfect!

  • Jessica says:

    Oh man, I just made this for a house party this weekend, and it was amazing. I did the pink part on top, because I didn’t want to clean out the bowl again between colors, but otherwise did this recipe exactly. Thank you~

  • Kamiko says:

    you can also make a quick fudge. you add a can of frosting melted, and i forget the second ingredient. thats exactly what fudge is, thickened frosting! <3

  • Mahin says:

    Thank you I love the look of the wonderful things you have made I am going to try and make them and am sure it will be as delicious as they look.

  • meg says:

    you know another trick is to melt marshmallows and frosting, mix them, freeze them, and boom!

  • Sandy Scott says:

    Hi

    You recipe’s look soo yummy. I am deffinatly going to try them.

  • Linni says:

    Too bad the Neapolitan “fudge” has cream cheese in it. Not a fan of it. (Cream cheese)

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