Strawberry Shortcake Fudge features two layers of creamy strawberry fudge with a layer of crumbly vanilla wafers sandwiched between them. Topped with crushed wafers, every bite of this fudge is packed with the classic flavors of strawberry shortcake.

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Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

This recipe is a fun twist on the traditional dessert, as it uses vanilla wafers instead of shortcake, and strawberry pudding mix for a burst of pink color and strawberry flavor. For more strawberry shortcake inspiration, be sure to try my Strawberry Shortcake Trifle and Sheet Pan Strawberry Shortcake recipes, too!

Making Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Ingredients & Substitutions

Strawberry Jello Powder: No need for food coloring! Jello powder gives the fudge its pink color. Keep in mind that only a couple tablespoons are needed and it will leave some powder leftover.

Evaporated Milk: This is sometimes referred to as ‘unsweetened condensed milk’. It is different than sweetened condensed milk, which contains added sugar.

Chocolate: I prefer white chocolate baking chips for this recipe. You could substitute with bars of white chocolate as well, in which case you would need about 12 ounces.

Vanilla WafersThese are used in the middle of the fudge, as well as crushed and sprinkled on top. Either store-bought or homemade vanilla wafers will work perfectly in this recipe!

Overhead of Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Can I Make Fudge Without a Candy Thermometer?

A candy thermometer is used to measure the temperature of a sugar solution, and is a very helpful tool when making candies like fudge. However, don’t let not have a candy thermometer deter you from making this recipe! Here are a few tips that will help if not using a candy thermometer:

  • Heat the mixture as directed. While it’s coming to a boil, set a medium-sized bowl of ice water and a small metal spoon (your everyday silverware spoon) next to the stove. When the mixture has been bubbling for a few minutes, do your first test.
  • Dip the tip of a metal spoon into the sugar mixture. With one hand, dip the coated spoon immediately into the ice water and use your other hand to remove the cooled sugar mixture from the spoon. Roll the sugar mixture between your fingers and thumb and see what it feels like. For this recipe, you are looking for the “soft-ball” stage. It should form a ball that holds together but still feels a little squishy and can be flattened when you press on it (like a gooey caramel).
  • This process will take a few tries at least, but you can see (and feel!) it moving through the stages to give you an indicator of how close you are.
Plate of Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

How to Handle and Store Homemade Fudge

  • For easy handling, allow the fudge to solidify before cutting and storing. It can be left to harden at room temperature for a few hours, in the refrigerator for a couple hours, or even the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  • This fudge can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • To store this fudge in the freezer, first wrap it in plastic wrap. Then, transfer it to a labeled and dated freezer-safe container. If stored properly, the fudge will last up to two months.
  • Fudge is best consumed at room temperature, so whichever way you choose to store it be sure to keep that in mind!
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Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Strawberry Shortcake Fudge is two layers of strawberry fudge with vanilla wafers nestled between the layers and topped with crushed wafers.


  • 3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks / 170 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jello powder
  • cup (168 g) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups (340 g) white chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 cups vanilla wafers
  • ¾ cup crushed vanilla wafers, for topping


  • Line an 11×7-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together sugar, butter, jello powder, and evaporated milk.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, leaving on heat until it registers 234°F on a candy thermometer (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips until melted and thoroughly combined.
  • Add the marshmallow fluff, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer half of the fudge to the prepared pan and top with a layer of vanilla wafers. Pour the remaining fudge mixture over the layer of wafers.
  • Sprinkle the crushed vanilla wafers on top of the fudge.
  • Let the fudge cool at room temperature for about 2 hours (or until set) before cutting and serving.

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Reader Comments

    1. Hi, Sheldon! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Adding diced strawberries would not work in this recipe. Have a great day!

    2. You might try adding chopped freeze-dried strawberries. If you can’t find them, you could take them from a box of Honey Bunches of Oats with strawberries cereal!

  1. Thank you Amanda for being an inspiration to me people like me . I’ve been following you on your page a lot and use most of your receipe.I loved baking and just like you I have no formal training on baking.But that doesn’t discourage me from turning my passion into action.Just now I saw your decorating page in which I’m lack of but I’m confident enough because I’m using your receipe 😁..Looking forward to hear from you.Love George

  2. Hey Amanda! Just a question. How come the orange dream- sicle is not made with orange jello like the strawberry one is made???

  3. Hello all off your dessert looks so beautiful and iam guessing delicious,soo i can’t wait too try some of them myself ☺

  4. I made this yesterday and the flavor is amazing. It was not as creamy as my usual fudge is, so I am thinking I did something wrong. I am getting a crystal/sugar texture instead. I followed the instructions about how long to mix everything. Any thoughts would be appreciated because the strawberry flavor is truly great. Thanks. Going to try the Butter Pecan next!!

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