Red Velvet Fudge

filed under: Candy on December 10, 2010

I suddenly got this brilliant idea that I wanted to make Red Velvet fudge.  So I sat down and googled it, hoping for a great, no fail recipe.

Those words are very important to a bad recipe follower like myself.


No such luck.

I couldnt even find a match for ‘red velvet fudge’.

I was totally dejected.


Then it hit me… I could create a recipe!

At the very least, significantly modify an existing one.


I started here, with Martha’s Foolproof Holiday Fudge.


I added food coloring and used white chocolate chips and red cherry flavored chips.

Talk about significant modifications. *snort*


Thing is, this recipe is just not my favorite.  It was good, but not mind blowing.


(side by side comparison of the two recipes I made… I love the texture on the second)

So then I found a recipe on  I read it twenty seven times.  I read every comment.

I figured, if I could make a recipe for red velvet fudge, like real red velvet fudge, it would be from this one.





If you ever try this, please let me know what you think!

Happy Holidays!


Red Velvet Fudge
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
1 hr
Total Time
40 mins

I suddenly got this brilliant idea that I wanted to make Red Velvet fudge. So I sat down and googled it, hoping for a great, no fail recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Velvet Fudge
Servings: 25 small squares
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c cocoa
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. red gel food coloring
  1. Using a 5×9 pan (typically same size as banana bread pan, if you want thinner pieces, use 8×8) line pan with wax parchment paper or wax paper.

  2. Make sure you have some extra on all four sides.
  3. Combine sugar, cocoa, buttermilk, sweet condensed milk (if you choose to add it), and food coloring in a non stick pan. (I used a big pot) Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, but do not scrape down the sides. (to avoid getting crystallized sugar in fudge)

  4. Using a well calibrated thermometer, make sure the fudge gets up to 238 degrees.
  5. Reduce heat and allow fudge to simmer. DO NOT STIR. At all. Like seriously dont even touch the pan.
  6. Allow fudge to cool to 110 degrees and add butter and vanilla.
  7. Beat by hand or use electric mixer until fudge loses its sheen. (I used an electric mixer for 20 minutes. Not kidding. Some folks say this stage takes 3-5 minutes.)

  8. Place in prepared pan and allow to cool, usually 1-2 hours.
  9. This recipe yielded 25 small squares.

*Next time I make this I am going to try 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/2 cup sweet condensed milk… I think it could handle a little more sweetness!


Happy Note to Share:

I had read that a great way to clean your pot after baking fudge is to add some milk, reheat the pot, then enjoy a wonderfully delicious cup cocoa… or in our case,  Red Velvet Hot Cocoa!!

Yes, I really did just say Red Velvet Hot Cocoa.  I actually did that and can attest to its wonderfulness!!

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  • Joe says:

    I’ll have to try this but the best Red Velvet Fudge I have ever found was at Santa Land in Cherokee North Carolina its going to hard to beat..

  • Natalie Gallo says:

    this sounds great , I cant wait to try it …….

  • Lis says:

    Made the fudge and it has an absolutely delicious taste! But I had to press it into the pan, and when cut crumbles like sand! Any ideas asto why, I’d love to remake a batch.

    • Amanda says:

      Hum…. in my experience too hard fudge means it was over-mixed or that it got too hot. I do apologize for any trouble you had!

  • lynn says:

    was really excited to try this recipe for my upcoming christmas party and i to had a hard time with the recipe my fudge was hardening before i was able to add the butter and vanilla :/ i knew my thermomiter was off by at least 5 but i stopped boiling it at 225. oh well

    • Amanda says:

      Sorry Lynn! I have also had issues with fudge when I had a faulty thermometer… so I know how frustrating it can be! My apologies.

  • Meagan says:

    Hello. I too had a problem with the whole simmer after it reaches the highest temp. How long do u simmer? I’ve seen other ppl ask this and u are vague.

    ? I left it for a minute then turned off the burner and had to wait about 45 min for it to get down to 110. Is that normal? Then I stirred the heck outta it for 15 min and poured it into my pan. It did not set up at all. It is like a thick syrup (think hot fudge) after 2 hrs in my fridge!

    My thermometer is brand new (this was my 1st fudge ever).

    • Amanda says:

      Meagan, once the fudge reaches 238 you begin the cooling process. And yes, this can take 45 minutes. A couple factors in why the fudge may not have set up are temperature and humidity. Did you beat the fudge by hand or use a hand mixer? I mentioned in my recipe that I used my mixer for 20 minutes. If you want, you can use what you have made over ice cream or cakes, like a ganache. You can also make red velvet hot cocoa! SO sorry that things didnt work out for the fudge. My apologies!

  • Rene says:

    How long do u let fudge simmer?

    • Brenda Smith says:

      Seems like there is a step missing between 4 and 5…let it simmer on low for how long?

  • Alyssa says:

    Will the fudge thicken while it’s simmering? I’m making this fudge right now and I’m worried it’s not going to get any thicker! Even if my first batch doesn’t turn out I will make it again and try to figure out what I’m doing wrong with this one…

  • april says:

    I’m excited to make this but I am scared that adding the sweeten condensed milk will make it too liquidy and throw off the consistency? Should I add more sugar or something to keep it not too liquid? Thanks

  • Erik says:

    So first time making fudge ever and gave the bottom recipe a try. Overall it turned into fudge, but there were a couple quirks that I could really use some help understanding.

    1. I used red gel coloring and even way more than recommended and it still didn’t turn red at all. Any tricks to this? I’ve made red velvet stuff before mixing the cocoa and food coloring before adding it to the other ingredients. Not sure if it would help?

    2. The flavor was good but didn’t wow me – I feel it’s the cocoa. Just tasted like the cocoa powder. Any tips here? I’d like to try different chocolate maybe.

    3. I got the fudge up to the temp miraculously but the simmer cool down was touch and go, it just wouldn’t decrease in temperature below like 170… In the end it still had a great texture but I gave up waiting for it to cool down all the way. Thoughts?

    Lastly, the batch was very small, any tips to scaling it up?

    Thanks so much for any tips, again, it set perfectly so id like to try getting the flavor and color perfect.

    • Gillian Marie says:

      I had sort of the same issues too Erik, although I can’t really tell you how mine tasted because it never set, I left it in the fridge over night to set but in the morning it was still a pan full of goop. The issues I had with the recipe were that:

      1. I will admit… I did add the red food colouring far too late (after I had let it cool down to 110)

      2. Yes, I had to use WAY more red colouring than recipe calls for, but I sort of figured this, as I always add way more red than red velvet recipes call for.

      3. the ‘sheen’ of the liquid when mixing it after it cooled to 110 NEVER happened (and yes I made note of the twenty minute mix time). The liquid did however become much thicker, so I took this as my signal that it was ready to pour into my prepared pan with wax paper.

      4. This recipe calls for red GEL food colouring… I couldn’t find anything that specifically said it was GEL food colouring, just your typical red colouring…

      5. I agree with you on the quantity, I DOUBLED mine and it still barely made the amount I wanted (enough for 30). I would suggest doubling, but if you’re making it for a HUGE crowd… you may want to 4X it.

      6. You can’t simmer it down to 110, you have to turn the heat off or it just won’t ever get there. This recipe doesn’t explain how long to simmer for which is where you had the trouble with it never going below 170, the recipe didn’t prompt you to turn simmer OFF because that instruction isn’t in there.

      Really discouraged by this because it was for a work function and I couldn’t even bring it. I hope I can salvage it later and at least have my family enjoy it… a co-worker trying to cheer me up suggested throwing the goo in with ice and baileys or Kahlua in a blender… I may have to take her suggestion!

      If anyone knows the reason for this failing being 1.adding the colouring too late or 2. not having this mystical GEL food colouring or any other reason… please tell me!

      • Amber says:

        I havent tried the recipe yet but gel food coloring is the kind that you use to color icing. It’s in a gel form in little pots usually in the cake decorating department. Not the liquid sort that you find in the baking/spice aisle that you add by drops.

  • Michelle says:

    Does the sweet condensed milk replace some of the buttermilk or some of the sugar? Or both?

  • krystal says:

    I just came back from Michael’s and Wilton now has a limited edition Red Velvet flavored candy melt package!

  • Tina says:

    I tried this last night and it did not turn out. In your recipe you state after it reaches 238 degrees to then reduce heat and allow fudge to simmer but you do not say how long. Originally I just thought that I was suppose to watch the temp while it simmered until it reached the 110 degrees but on simmer it retained the high heat and stayed there. So then I turned it off and let it go down itself but it took a long time, which is ok but I still do not know how it would have reached the 110 degrees on simmer.
    I did beat it but not 20 minutes because it looked glossy sooner than that.
    End result is it never set up.

    Please let me know about the time on simmer, but for now, what I will try is a regular chocolate fudge with the red added and see how it turns out, maybe just adjust the cocoa ratio.

  • Stacy says:

    I made this last night.
    I was so excited, but I did let it sit out over night?
    woke up to it still being liquify on the top. I have now put it in the fridge to see if that helps make it set a little more 🙁

  • dale says:

    doesn’t say how much of the condensed sweet milk to use…please tell

  • mike says:

    it must be a typo to cool the fudge to 110 degrees and then add the butter? or maybe an adjustment needs to be made when using sweetened condensed milk that wasn’t accounted for . my fudge, at 110 degrees was unstirable….

  • mike says:

    have never had this much trouble with a fudge recipe in my life first try didn’t come out at all 2nd try was all like sand. please make proper adjustments to your recipe so others dont waste time and money too.

    • Amanda says:

      I am so sorry you have had problems Mike! I can assure you, I know exactly how you feel, so this is what I went through when I was developing this recipe. Unfortunately I cannot be in your kitchen and help you to troubleshoot as to what went wrong. I do hope that you can look back on the experience as a learning one, and not a “waste of time and money”. Have a Merry Christmas!

  • leyna says:

    Hi, i was wondering how long it is supposed to take to get up to 238 degrees? if im stirring constantly it rarely reaches that temp and ive made this recipe 3 times.

    • Amanda says:

      You may need to raise the temperature then. Sorry for any issues!

  • Bonny Lee says:

    I see Sweetened Condensed Milk in the directions, but not in the ingredient list. Did I miss something?

    • Amanda says:

      There is a note right after the recipe… saying that IF you want to use it how much to add and when. 🙂

  • Jade W says:

    I do have some tips, so read on if you like.

    I agree the recipe ‘card’ area should be what makes mention of the sweetened condensed milk, no doubt! Or at least have an asterisk (*) within instruction #2 to reference the note below the card like in any other document… a clue to people to look around.

    Let’s define “large pot”. This is not your stockpot! That being the pot you boil your potatoes in when you’re making your famous mashed potatoes to company that has two stubby handles. You need your largest saucepan, which are the pans (‘pots’) which have the long handle. You need room for the mixture to boil and expand, which milk ingredients in particular are going to; while at the same time you do not want a big ol’ stockpot which has too large of a surface area that will give you a) uneven temps, and b) not allow your candy thermometer to be properly submerged so you get an accurate reading.

    For any liquid you add in addition to what’s listed, you must remove an equal portion of liquid from what is listed. If you don’t, then no surprise your fudge is going to be soup. So in her suggestion about using sweetened condensed milk, she is NOT saying to put in all listed ingredients AND the condensed milk. She is saying to only use half of the listed qty of buttermilk (so down from 1c to 1/2c) and replace the now missing 1/2c of buttermilk with the sweetened condensed milk. That same principle goes for ANY recipe, period. Including if you were to use liquid food colouring…which may not have the same potency as a gel anyway. Gels are awesome and you should not live without, especially if you ever make candy, imperial icing, anything consistency tricky where 1-2 drops can make or break.

    2 cups white sugar
    1/4 cup cocoa
    1 cup buttermilk, closer to room temp
    3 tablespoons butter, room temp
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp red gel food coloring
    *Next time I make this I am going to try 1/2c. Buttermilk and 1/2c. Sweetened Condensed Milk, instead of 1c Buttermilk… I think it could handle a little more sweetness!
    …keep in mind she hadn’t done it when she wrote that, so at that point it’s just an idea and untested who knows if it actually works out…
    1. Prepare: Take out your buttermilk and your butter maybe 20 mins in advance. Line a 5×9 pan with parchment or wax paper (loaf bread pan; you could use 8×8 cake pan for thinner pieces). NOTE: You may find it beneficial to lightly spray/butter the pan first so paper sticks better to the sides; making pouring the mixture in there later easier. But also make sure you have some extra on all four sides, fold them over the edges of the pan so they are well creased, to help keep in place while pouring and the length provides a little more leverage for lifting it out.
    2. In your large saucepan, put the sugar, cocoa, and buttermilk*. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently, until all the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Put in your candy thermometer. Turn the temp up to medium high, and stir in the gel food colouring.
    4. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, but not vigorously (the plan is to not stir so much that you are tossing mixture up the sides much, and do not scrape down the sides of the pot). You need to stir until the mixture comes just to a full boil.
    5. When the mixture reaches a full boil, let it continue only until 238 degrees Fahrenheit (114 degrees Celsius), stirring gently only occasionally.
    6. As soon as it reaches 238F/114C, reduce heat to low and allow mixture to simmer. DO NOT STIR. Keep an eye on the temperature. IF you allowed it to go to 241F/116C, you should probably just remove the pan from heat completely, moving the pot to a different, off, element. If you stuck to the 238F/114C, with it now on low, in theory, the mixture should no longer maintain its high temp and will slowwwwly go down. This will take some time, but stay close by.
    7. In that state, you must allow the mixture to lower to 230F/110C, and at that point you will add both the butter and the vanilla extract.
    8. Turn off heat, remove pot (protect your counter!) bringing the thermometer with you, and beat vigorously by hand with a wooden spoon (you can probably keep the candy thermometer in as you will still need it), or use an electric mixer …(Amanda says: I used an electric mixer for 20 minutes. Not kidding. Some folks say this stage takes only 3-5 minutes.) …Personally, I would try electric, and to me that means transferring the fudge mixture to a large, ideally tall walled, mixing bowl, scraping the bottom of the saucepan but not around the sides. With a hand electric, or stand mixer units you will probably want to start medium low and get up to a medium high speed. You need to be careful you don’t get burning hot sugar on yourself and mixture could go flying.
    9. Check the temperature after a few minutes (if going electric you will need to stop beating, but try to act fast), you are looking for 140F/60C. Because you are incorporating air, and if you’ve transferred the dish even moreso, it will probably cause the temp to lower quicker than it heated up for you. It will be getting really thick, and now you’ll notice it is losing its shine. Check the temp. Once you hit 140F/60C IT’S IMPORTANT YOU KEEP BEATING FOR A FEW MORE MINUTES, that temp is just your marker. This is how you’ll start getting the creamy smooth texture.
    10. Before it is completely set, quickly pour the fudge into your prepared tin and smooth over the surface (use the back of a metal spoon maybe).
    11. Leave to cool at room temp, uncovered, for 3-4 hours. Once risk of condensation is past, you can cover partially with plastic wrap but leave a corner open to let warmth out. Let finish setting overnight at room temperature. DO NOT put fudge in the fridge, unless you like sticky, not properly set, fudge…
    12. This recipe yielded 25 small squares.

    Any other questions, that’s what Google and YouTube are for 😉

    • SK says:

      Two more things, if you have paste food coloring, you may not have needed to buy food coloring for a very long time as that stuff lasts forever. I have paste and had no idea what gel food coloring was. It seems it has the brightness of paste, just a different consistency. That is what is on the market now, you just may not have known it, I didn’t. The other thing, there is a neat food coloring by Wilton white icing color that can be used in candy making to turn whatever you are making white before you add the color of your choice. I looked into it when I saw bright pink caramel apples for Breast Cancer Awareness and wondered at how they did it. It truly works, I tried it out at Halloween to make white Jello.

  • Vanessa Human says:

    I am going to try this recipe. My nephew loves red velvet cake so I want to make him some fudge.

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