Root Beer Float Fudge

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 29, 2011

Root Beer Float Fudge: soft, sweet fudge with a root beer and vanilla swirl

When I was pregnant with my first child I had an addiction to root beer floats. I was also addicted to gyros and fat french fries, but those I couldn’t make at home every night! It’s hard to believe that was over 14 years ago. Man, I’m old. Just the reality of that makes me want to grab another bite of these fudge pieces.

I can’t even begin to describe how delicious these taste. One, because I’m a horrible writer…two, because you just have to try them to understand how unique they are! If you eat them cold you may even convince yourself, just a little bit, that you are eating the crunchy part of a root beer float (you know the ice cream with the frozen root beer crystals, yum)!

Root Beer Float Fudge: soft, sweet fudge with a root beer and vanilla swirl

These were a huge hit in my family. So much so that I’m not sure I should ever make them again. I ate way more than my share, more than several people’s share. Ahhh, but it was so good. And it brought me back to being pregnant with my oldest child. And for just a moment I felt young again. Until I opened my eyes and realized I had 8 loads of laundry to do,  dog puke on the carpet to clean up, and 18 extra pounds on my hips.

Root Beer Float Fudge

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 48 pieces

Ingredients

  • 3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1½ cup marshmallow cream
  • 3 tsp root beer concentrate (I use McCormicks)

Instructions

  1. In large saucepan, heat sugar, butter, salt and cream until combined. Bring to a boil and stir continuously for 4 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in white chocolate and marshmallow. Whisk in vigorously until smooth, be patient this will take a couple minutes. Using an electric mixer yields best results.
  3. Pour half of mixture into a parchment paper lined 13x9 baking dish. To remaining fudge, whisk in root beer concentrate. Stir until combined. Pour over white fudge. Using a knife, swirl the two together. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy. Tastes great cold!
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carolinaheartstrings August 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

What a great idea. Looks so delicious. Love your pictures. Come over and visit us today. We have a really wonderful pimento cheese recipe to share.

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Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart August 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Oh my heck, how I have waited all week for this recipe!!! YUM!
*I love the way you “plated” it!

Thanks Amiee for another HIT!

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Michael Ann August 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I agree, great photo styling! Your blog never disappoints. I love coming back to visit. This recipe looks amazing!
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Concetta August 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

My goodness these look fantastic!
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Concetta

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Chef in Training August 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

are you kidding me with this! YUM! and what a brilliant idea!

I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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teri@thefreshmancook August 30, 2011 at 2:02 am

This looks incredible. I can’t wait to make this. I linked to you from Melt in Your Mouth Monday. I will be making this to send to my son who is away at school. He will love them!

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Kim Bee August 30, 2011 at 2:55 am

Okay you are a genius. I must try these. This looks incredible.

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Ott, A August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Just stoppin’ by from Tasty Tuesday and I must say that fudge looks divine! I’m sure it’s very tasty and one I’m going to bookmark and make sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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trooppetrie August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

oh me this is amazing, my husband would love it.

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Aimee August 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks all, they are so dang tasty!

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Jeannine December 2, 2013 at 7:07 am

Hi – I made these last night and my rootbeer 1/2 came out beige. Is there a secret to getting it brown like the picture? They are amazing though!! Thanks!

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 3, 2013 at 7:48 am

Some brands of root beer flavoring are clear. I used McCormick which is a brown colored flavoring. That’s my only secret :)

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Emily December 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I just finished making these with Watkins root beer extract, which is brown, but it came out mostly beige too :/ I’ll have to use McCormick’s next time!

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

Yep, all I’ve ever used it the McCormick’s…it gives such a rich brown color….

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JessieLeigh August 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This looks so tasty and fun– what a brilliant idea and so different from the norm!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I love root beer. I’ve been obsessed lately. So I need to try this fudge!

I’ve started a linky party on Tuesdays and would love for you to join sometime! Crazy Sweet Tuesdays

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Stacy Clayburn August 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Wow yum! Sounds so good….maybe cause I’m 3 months pregnant haha. Gonna try these. Could I use Root beer concentrate instead of extract? Found you at Tasty Tuesday, check my lil blog out: http://www.mykidsdinner.blogspot.com

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Aimee August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Stacy, YES you can! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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content2be August 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I cracked up when I read the first sentence of this post, because I, too, had an addiction to root beer floats with my first child. She is only three, though, so not quite in the distant past. I cannot wait to try these! I have everything except the root beer extract, so I’m adding it to my grocery list. This recipe sounds worth the splurge!

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Lady Behind The Curtain August 31, 2011 at 6:27 am

This recipe looks amazing! Join in on the fun and come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow to share this tasty recipe with us.
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!
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Liz @ Two Maids a Milking August 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Oh. My. That looks awesome!!

Thanks for linking up to 2 Maids a Baking!!

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Erin August 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Ah, YES PLEASE!!! Just pinned this to make! Can’t wait. Thanks!

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Rachel August 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I just made this last night for my mom, who loves root beer and needs a pick-me-up – she goes into the hospital this week and I know these will brighten her day!

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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Holy cow, this looks awesome. Fudge and me, we’re the best of friends. I’ll definitely be giving this a try! Thanks!

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Kate @ craftwhatever August 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I am on a root beer kick right now! I just had homemade root beer (at a restaurant) last weekend and that is all I am thinking about. Where do you buy the extract? Is that just a Walmart? I will have to start looking around for it!

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The Ellis' August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I have never heard of this! I can’t wait to try it! We would love for you to share this at our weekly link party this Saturday. We have an awesome jewelry giveaway going on right now, too! Come stop by!

http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/paparazzi-giveaway-and-at-home-job.html

Love,
The Sisters @ http://www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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Jules August 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Whoa, we love root beer floats at my house, this looks so good. I can’t wait to try it.

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Danielle September 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

pinning this one – it sounds so good!

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Shiloh September 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

YumMo!! This sounds great! My hubby is not much for sweets, but he does like a rootbeer float, so maybe this will fly.:) I’m a new follower:)

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Sarah E. September 2, 2011 at 2:27 am

You are a saint! I can’t wait to make these!

Stopping by from Totally Tasty Tues.

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Ali September 2, 2011 at 3:18 am

What a fantastic recipe! I just wanted to let you know that I loved your post and I shared a link to your blog on my Notepad feature that will be posted tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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Lisa September 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

Oohh, how did I miss this little morsel of delight.

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Julia September 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

i craved root beer during pregnancy too, sooo weird. And so did my sister in law. Whoa, I wonder if there’s some wives tale to this… Anyway, these look AMAZINGLY delish!!! We love fudge, all kinds!

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Michelle {Fun On A Dime} September 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

Oh, yum! I love root beer! Wish you were my neighbor just to get a taste. I’m afraid what would happen if I made these…I might eat them all!

I would love it if you linked up to my Hi-5 Friday party.

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april@gingerbread September 3, 2011 at 1:57 am

my 10 year old will die over these….thank you! I hope you will link up with me here:
http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/09/sweet-saturday-v3.html

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Miranda September 3, 2011 at 5:23 am

So darn good. I love root beer floats, and fudge, heck just root beer by itself…

Thank you for linking your wonderful recipe to Fat Camp Friday. I would also love for you to join my new forums and link up your website and any linky parties you host! Have a great weekend!

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Danielle September 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post today. Stop by and see!

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Jennifer September 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

HOLY YUM Batman! I can’t wait to make these!!!

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Jackie September 4, 2011 at 3:30 am

Oh My! This sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make a batch of this fudge. I love rootbear floats.

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Linda September 4, 2011 at 11:58 am

How different! I love the photo. You are NOT a horrible writer, because I “got it” exactly when you described the crunchy part of a root beer float. :)

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TidyMom September 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oh MY heck!!! this sounds fantastic!!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/great-ideas-8/

Have a great holiday weekend.

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Kim McCallie September 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Another beautiful and interesting fudge from your kitchen. I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday this week.

http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/09/sweet-indulgences-sunday-20.html

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy September 6, 2011 at 12:58 am

Sounds amazing! I’ll have to look for Root Beer extract, thanks!

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Chef in Training September 6, 2011 at 2:42 am

I really want some of these! It looks so good! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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SSzem September 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

oh wow….those look amazing!

shannon
Sweet Stella’s

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Kim from Maiden D'Shade September 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Who’d have thought you could make root beer float fudge?!?! You are a genius! I am pinning this! Thank you! So excited to try these!

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Jonna // Thirty-One Consultant September 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Can’t wait to try this!!

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Lanie September 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm

YUM!

I featured this on my Inspiration Friday Post…

http://www.laniejandco.com/2011/09/inspiration-friday-9911.html

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Rachel September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Aimee – do you mind if I share this recipe on my blog (I’ll be sure to attribute it to you, of course!)? I made it to send to my mom who’s in hospital and she loved it! It’s such a great idea!

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Kathryn October 24, 2011 at 5:27 am

We tried your recipe today! I have a question. We didn’t get the two different colors with ours. We used rootbeer concentrate, because we couldn’t find extract. Is that the reason for the color difference? It tastes excelent, but I would love to have that swirled effect. Any help you could give would be outstanding! Thanks!

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Aimee October 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

Kathryn, I use concentrate as well. I’m assuming when you say it wasn’t swirled, was it just a brown color from the concentrate?

I separated half the white fudge out before adding the concentrate, thus when I poured the brown fudge over the white I swirled them together. Hope that helps!!!

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Kathryn October 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm

It wasn’t that it wouldn’t swirl. The half that I added the rootbeer concentrate to just stayed white, so it’s all one color. I’m not sure what I did wrong. It’s like the concentrate didn’t make the half brown.

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Aimee October 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I used McCormick Root beer concentrate, it’s a dark brown liquid, so it naturally colored the fudge. Was your concentrate brown or clear, I guess that would make a difference!

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Kathryn October 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm

We used Watkins, and I don’t think it was that dark. That may be the downfall. We thought maybe it wasn’t enough, because it seems like 3 teaspoons isn’t enough to color half of that recipe. Maybe we will try the McCormick next time we try. I hope that makes the difference! The fudge in the picture is so pretty! Thank you for trying to help me figure this out :)

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Jennifer October 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Aimee, I have made five batches of this and it is HEAVEN. This will be my go to dessert for EVER now! I made a batch with the Watkins concentrate and it was not as flavorful I thought and the lightness just made me feel that it wasn’t as RootBeer-y… I also used the extract, but mistake, so you’re right McCormicks is the way to go. My honey lives in Georgia and I sent him half a batch of these and he begged for more. Glamour magazine has their “engagement chicken”… I think this is engagement fudge! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this!!

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Aimee October 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

haha! Jennifer- I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Good info on the flavorings. I’ve only used the McCormicks!

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Anonymous December 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

We just finished our batch – it’s delicious! But my root beer layer isn’t brown, it’s white – so we don’t have the pretty effect. I just looked at my bottle of extract – it’s Watkins. Maybe that’s the difference? Next time, we’ll toss in a drop of brown food coloring.

YUMMY!

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Britni August 30, 2012 at 5:29 am

These look so good! Why can’t I have you as a neighbor?? :) And I’ve never heard of root beer concentrate, where have I been?!

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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork November 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Aimee, you’re the Fudge Genius!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets November 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

You’re so sweet Meghan!

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Stacey February 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I made this tonight but mine did not look like the picture. I followed the instructions exactly but mine did not have the pretty brown color. Also, you could taste the sugar grain. I mixed it until it was very smooth. Do you have any suggestions to help me improve it for the next time?
Thanks for your awesome blog!

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

Hi Stacey,
Couple things. First, I use McCormick Root Beer Flavoring. It’s a very dark color. Most other brands are not as dark, so that could have been why your brown is different?? Which brand did you use?
Also, did you boil for the full time, at a rolling boil? I know some stovetops vary in heat, there shouldn’t have been any sugar grain once boiled. Maybe next time add a minute or two onto your boil time.
Hope this helped!
aimee

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Stacey February 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

Thanks for the ideas….I will try those. I did not use Mc Cormick’s. I’m going to try again because my kids liked it even with grainy texture…lol. I will let you know how it goes. BTW, I love your blog!!!

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Jen March 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

This fudge was delicious! I think though next time I will add just a bit more root beer. I did not get McCormick’s though it smelled like root beer, was %100 pure root beer extract, but I didn’t get the dark color. The top layer was barely a darker ivory and the root beer flavor was a little too faint. None the less, it was very tasty and everyone else loved it too. Thank you!

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Karen June 23, 2013 at 2:10 am

This was so funny to read, it was like reading the story of my life. I was also addicted to Root Beer Floats during my first pregnancy. I would “drink” mine with a spoon (I liked to make them thick) and loved to skim those ice crystals off and eat those. :) Now I feel an urge to run out to the store for some chocolate chip ice cream and some A&W root beer! lol ….. will definitely try this fudge (something else I love to eat). Thanks!

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Kelly September 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

These look so delish…and my boyfriend saw my re-pin of these and immediately said I had to make them lol. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Beverly December 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

I have LorAnn Root Beer Flavor 2 dram size bottle/ says Highly concentrated flavor… what do you think about using this and how much would you suggest?
could we not use some brown coloring if we don’t get the color from the flavoring?

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I’ve never used that brand, so I’m not sure what to suggest. As for food coloring, you have to make sure you use candy coloring because your chocolate would seize with regular food coloring.

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Teresa December 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

Thank you for another great recipe! I made 2 batches of this, 1 for a bake sale and the other for family and gifts. I can’t believe how much this taste just like a root beer float. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!

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angela December 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Where can I find McCormicks Root Beer Concentrate? I looked at my local grocery store, and couldn’t find it. Maybe I was looking in the wrong aisle? Can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I’m not sure where you live, but I find it in the baking section (near the vanilla extract). I find it at my local Meijer and Kroger. Maybe see if McCormick.com has a product locater?

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Kari December 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I can’t wait to try these! Oddly enough I too craved root beer and root beer floats when I was pregnant with my oldest! Thanks for sharing!
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bobbie October 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The picture and recipe looks delectable! However, there’s a fail in mentioning how the milk chocolate is flavored with the root beer consentrate. The rootbeer consentrate isn’t what contributes to the rootbeer color as the fudge’s top layer. When I made this recipe, I made the white chocolate fudge as instructed. Then I made chocolate fudge and mixed the rootbeer consentrate into the chocolate fudge.

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bobbie October 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I used watkins brand of rootbeer consentrate. This consentrate is also dark brown but didn’t turn the fudge color brown.

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