Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate


Soft Cherry Fudge recipe topped with a dark chocolate ganache!

It’s been awhile since I made fudge. And this version was worth the wait! You can whip up a batch of this just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Or just because tomorrow!

The smooth cherry fudge with chunks of dried cherries is so addictive, and topped with dark chocolate? Talk about one perfect bite!

Learn how to make fudge with my extensive guide, full of tips and tricks for making my favorite candy!

Yield: 4 dozen

Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate

Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate


  • 2 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 7oz jar Fluff (marshmallow cream)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp cherry flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 10oz dark chocolate, melted


  1. In large saucepan, melt butter with sugar, cream and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, set timer for 5 minutes and add in cherry gelatin.
  2. After 5 minutes remove from heat. In mixing bowl, add white chocolate and marshmallow cream. Pour hot mixture over this and beat with a whisk until smooth and creamy (and all chocolate is melted. Fold in dried cherries.
  3. Pour in a parchment paper lined 9inch square pan. Pour melted dark chocolate over cherry fudge and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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111 comments on “Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate”

  1. I am so happy to be fudge hopping with you today! Now if only I had some of your yummy cherry fudge in hand as I click through the links. I think you were onto something when you said we should all mail out our fudge:-) Where’s my box???

  2. We SHOULD all mail our goodies next time! I did the blogger cookie exchange at Christmas time and that went perfectly! Let’s do it!

    Aimee- your fudge looks so elegant! It’s beautiful! What a great job 🙂 Loving the hop!

  3. Great subject for a blog hop! I do love chocolate and cherries-yum! Not only does this sound delicious, the presentation is just off the charts. Very eye catching! You did an amazing job with the photos. Saving this recipe-thanks Aimee. Enjoy the weekend!

  4. So beautiful and delicious!!! And I’m jealous of your perfect slicing…wow 🙂

  5. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to check out all of the others!

  6. Oh my gosh Aimee. This fudge looks heavenly! Looks like I’m going to be making fudge all weekend! lol I am so glad we all did the hop together! 🙂

  7. YUMMY!

    The Rickett Chronicles

  8. Your fudge looks too pretty to eat!!!

  9. Yum!! Your fudge looks adorable, perfectly layered chocolate and those dried cherries… o yum!

  10. This is so pretty! And oh, it looks SO good too. I’m so excited to be part of the hop with you! 🙂

  11. Look how gorgeous your fudge is! I am so happy we did this. So yeah, next time we should share with each other!

  12. this looks absolutely divine + perfect for valentine’s day. YUM!

  13. So festive and I bet so wonderful tasting! And the layers are so perfect and neat. Great work 🙂

  14. Your fudge is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t think I’ve ever seen any like that before. Well, well done!

  15. I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up!

  16. Looks incredible and way too decadent I am in love! Thanks for sharing on weekend potluck!

  17. How cute are these?! Perfect for Valentine’s Day! I might just make these and bring them into my office! {So I don’t eat them all of course ;)}

  18. This must be the visually prettiest fudge I have ever seen! Mmmm. I have never had cherry fudge, actually!

  19. Looks and sounds delicious! x

  20. This sounds delicious and looks so pretty!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a great rest of the weekend

  21. Ohh pretty! I love the pink color its perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  22. I was enjoying a round-up over at Tidymom and one particular feature caught my eye. So…I clicked it and look where it led! I shouldn’t be surprised. Your treats always catch my eye and spark a craving!

  23. Cherry and dark chocolate are perfect together! Love those two flavors together! This looks delicious and beautiful too!

  24. You know I adore dark chocolate! AND I have a passionate love for cherries, too.


  25. These look wonderful!
    I’ve never tasted cherry fudge before, and I’d really like a piece now 🙂

  26. These look amazing! I love cherry and fudge! We would love for you to share this on our Saturday Link Party at Hope to see you there!
    -The Sisters

  27. Can’t wait to try, and definitely one of the FB features for “A Little Birdie Told Me…” today!


  28. Hi! I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post today.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing!

    The Rickett Chronicles

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  31. LeAnn

    WOW. Just made this for the 2nd time. So yummy.

  32. Kelli J

    Your pictures were so beautiful I just had to try this recipe … fudge is something new for me and the only problem I had was the dark chocolate topping needed to be melted with butter or something to soften it for when it set. It was very hard vs the cherry fudge, it cracked and broke when I cut it. But we enjoyed it anyway …

    • Misty

      I used morsels and melted them in a double boiler (or a glass bowl placed on top of a pot of boiling water) and warmed the chocolate at a very slow speed (f it gets too hot it will clump) and mine turned out okay.

  33. The white choc you use is that morsels or what kind of white choc?? Is the measurement before or after melted??

  34. rosie setiawan

    hi…i’m in indonesia, i just ask,
    actually i’m so difficult to find cherry gelatin ( halal Product – moslem ) and fluff ( marshmallow cream )….any idea to change this ingridients….
    thanx u so much…u give me experience to try any kind of best fudge ever….

    • Misty

      I have no clue if this will work but you might try knox unflavored gelatin and a teaspoon of cherry extract in place of the cherry gelatin and melt a bag of miniature marshmallows instead of using fluff.

  35. Anna Hawkins

    How do you cut so neatly?

  36. Danni Hughes

    How are you measuring the white chocolate? Are you using white chocolate chips or melts or bar? Would love to make this fudge.

  37. Trish

    So. I found this recipe on Pinterest. It sounds fabulous and I want to make it this evening but I realized you don’t have a butter measurement!

  38. Trish

    Never mind about the butter. So sorry! I must be blind!

  39. Beverly

    could I use maraschino cherries and maybe some of the syrup or cherry extract instead of jello?

  40. Let me tell you, when I saw these on Facebook, I couldn’t click over fast enough! I LOVE pairing cherries and chocolate so much! You know that one piece in those assorted boxes of chocolates that has that pink fondant with the cherries and then it’s covered in chocolate…ahhhh…these remind of those. And I love those. 🙂

  41. jennifer

    Do you use dried candied cherries orjust regular dried cherries?

  42. Delicious…good job.
    intentare hacerlo un dia en casa a ver que tal me sale ..parece facil pero no se ya veremos
    un besete

  43. Karen

    I made this to hand out at my work and it was not only easy to make, it is delicious. I can think of no better combination than cherry and dark chocolate with the creaminess of white chocolate fudge. I am so excited to get feed back from my coworkers, and it looks so pretty! Thank You!

  44. Jenn

    I made this using carnation milk instead if the heavy cream. The fudge tastes great and has less fat. If you’re lactose intolerant like me, you can eat more!

  45. This looks so tasty!! It looks like it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day but I’m not sure I can wait that long to try it out!

  46. You are definitely the queen of fudge! This cherry/chocolate fudge combo sounds great!

  47. Mikeila

    I’m super new to making fudge and tried making this fudge today. Everything was going great until I began mixing my hot mixture with the marshmallow fluff and chocolate. While I was whisking, the butter completely separated from the mixture and my recipe was ruined. I want to try making it again but I would like to figure out what i did wrong before I attempt it… Any ideas?

    • Misty

      I had the same problem. I read the recipe as you are supposed to use a whisk and a mixing bowl but after reading the comments discovered we should be using an electric stand mixer with a whisk attachment (and should probable gradually add the hot mixture). I am going to try this on my next attempt in hopes that the speed and power of the mixer will keep it from separating.

      • Susan

        Thanks for the tips ladies as the same thing happened to me as well. Butter separating. What an expensive disaster. I’m glad it was not just me assuming that I follow the directions using whisk. As I look over at kitchen aid that could have easily been used. I’m trying to save mine but who knows.

  48. Jenni

    we made this today and it was not I good as we expected. not fudge really at all. tasted only like white chocolate. I would suggest adding more cherry gelatin or some kind of a cherry extract. Also there appeared to be to much butter – it did not really mix in all that well and I would not use a wire whisk for mixing because it is to difficult to get the mixture out of the wire.

    • Hmmm, not sure why it didn’t come out right for you. It definitely has a cherry flavor! As for the whisk, I use an electric mixture with the whisk attachment and have no problems with it sliding right off the whisk!

    • Misty

      All I tasted was white chocolate also. I think on my next attempt I will use 1 tablespoon of sugar free cherry gelatin instead of regular cherry gelatin. The flavor in 1 Tbsp of sugar free should be much more intense instead of mostly sugar.

  49. tracey

    I decided to try this recipe for some of the girls at work as a Valentines day treat.Everything was going smoothly until I got to the part where you add the chocolate on top.I had this odd feeling that the cherry part should set a bit in the fridge. When I put the chocolate on and tried to even it out…..I ended up with an ugly fudged up mess 🙁 I will be honest and say that I went with milk chocolate chips.Should I have used the baking squares? If not….what went wrong? I plan to make another patch. Needless to say! Would like to know what I should do differently.

  50. tracey

    By the way….I DIDNT put it in the fridge….

  51. I saw these on Pinterest and my mouth literally started watering. I want to make this right now but I don’t have any fluff. I’m tempted to go out in the snow to get some. Yeah, it’s snowing in mid-April. That’s life in the Poconos.

  52. PattyJean

    Please don’t think I’m stupid but is the cherry flavored gelatin like Jell-O brand jell-0?

  53. MrsLLP143

    In the process of making these today. I used Ghirardelli for both the white and dark chocolate, quality is key 🙂 I also opted to chill the cherry mix for an hour before adding the dark chocolate layer. I have to admit, I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for quite some time, can’t wait to taste it!

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  56. judi

    When you say white chocolate for the cherry fudge–do you mean chips, ect. Tku

  57. Crystal

    I made these last year for my Christmas trays and they were a hit–however they weren’t near as pretty as yours because I couldn’t get the chocolate to cut nicely. It just kept cracking. I’m getting ready to make them again this year. Are there any tips on how to get them cut into pieces more easily and looking nicer?

  58. Rebecca

    Help! I’m not a cook, but I love chocolate and cherry and want to try my first attempt with this yummy looking fudge. I am confused as to what dark chocolate to use and how do I get it melted. Is it chocolate chips, or the bar kind of baking chocolate? Do I add anything to the chocolate to make it from cracking when cutting it (as mentioned in the previous comments).

  59. Karol

    Can I use regular maraschino cherries instead of the dried cherries? That’s all I have on hand….

  60. Mindy

    Does this fudge work well at room temp. or does it have to stay refrigerated after it is set? I want to give it as part of our holiday cookie plate to friends & family. Btw, it is absolutely delicious!! I just had to sneak a few bites for myself.

  61. So, you are boiling it for the full 5mins?? I want to make this NOW, but don’t want to mess it up 🙂

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  64. Cris

    Would this work using silicone molds?

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  67. Laura

    Is the cherry gelatin jell-o?

  68. Carolyn

    Are the dried cherries the raisin like cherries or the candied ones you see in fruitcake?

  69. Do you have to use an electric mixer?  I only have a hand mixer. 

  70. These look amazing! Question: How much (in grams/oz) are 2 1/2 cups white chocolate?

  71. Oh My! These look amazing. I think that i will make them for Christmas. And eat them all! I haven’t seen somtehing that looks so delicious in ages!

  72. Kathi LaCourt

    I tried these this evening, and as happened to several others, mine separated and got very sticky, butter separating out.  Reading through all the comments, I see that you actually use a stand mixer with whisk attachment–it would be very helpful if this was actually stated in the recipe, as I just threw out about $7 of ingredients.  Doubt I will attempt this again, even with the mixer hint.

  73. Amy Fatzinger

    I just made this this morning and it turned out perfectly!! I followed the recipe exactly and it’s gorgeous, velvety smooth and tasty!! I did leave off the dark chocolate b/c the cherry flavor is so delicate and I wanted that to shine. Thanks for a fun and pretty holiday switch-up to regular fudge!

  74. Kelly

    My daughter and I made this fudge today and I have to admit, we took a couple of shortcuts with excellent results. We used a handheld whisk the whole time. I hate dirtying extra bowls, so instead of pouring the hot syrup over the white chocolate and fluff – we just turned off the heat under the pot and started whisking in the chocolate a little bit at a time (we used Ghiraredlli white choc bars) and then the fluff, as well. I had my daughter whisking while I added the ingredients then I took over and gave it a really good beating until it looked glossy. I folded in the cherries with a rubber spatula and added some chopped walnuts. Once the candy had been poured into my parchment-lined pan, we gently placed two large dark chocolate bars right on top and popped it under the broiler for two minutes. The melted bars spread beautifully across the top of the cherry filling with an offset spatula.
    I think next time I may add the teeniest bit of cherry extract and possibly a dot of red gel food coloring as I was looking for a deeper cherry flavor and didn’t get quite the pink color you did. It was still delicious, though!

  75. Cindy

    I made last night thought it would be great.I started pouring chocolate over fudge and it started sinking didn’t firm up after 4 he’s either so I left it over night .it is gory with dried chocolate throughout.I followed recipe to.what happened?

  76. Rebecca

    Wish I would have read the comments first! What a waste! It is chunky and runny and the butter separated and I followed your recipe, it’s sticking to the whisk attachment and is just awful! Funny how you never responded to any of the people that had this same problem…super disappointed.

  77. John

    Wow – definitely should’ve read the comments first, this was an expensive disaster. Really wish the recipe had provided a temperature to cook the butter/sugar mixture to, and also specified using a stand mixer as opposed to a hand whisk.

  78. Nicole

    I found this recipe and tried it, and had the butter separation issue that others have mentioned. Instead of dumping the whole thing, I put it all back into the saucepan and continued to cook it, and the butter reincorporated after several minutes. I am waiting to see if it sets up. It would be great to see the recipe revised to emphasize that you are boiling the mixture for five full minutes before *and* after adding the gelatin—or to explain that you need to cook to a certain temperature after adding the gelatin.  This step was not as clear as it could be. 

  79. Willow

    These fudge recipes all look lovely but I wonder if these candies can all be made using old time fudge making methods.  It seems that every fudge recipe I click on these days calls for marshmallow cream!  Pretty sure fudge makers didn’t have or use this stuff years ago!  And I really don’t feel like going out and buying a $5 jar of marshmallow cream to dump it into a recipe…there must be a way…

  80. Emily

    Made them yesterday for Valentine’s Day and they are WAYYYYYYY TOO SWEET! All I could taste was the white chocolate and the 1 cup of sugar used with a hint of cherry. I followed the recipe as it said and it didn’t really turn out as a fudge, more like a sugary dough. It was a disaster.

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  85. Maggie

    I was so pumped to try this recipe – mine didn’t slice look as nice as yours.  But that would be fine if I had liked it more.  It’s just a bit too sweet for my liking – no one who tried it went back for more. It probably was just me and my mediocre culinary skills, but I won’t be making it again. 

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