Vanilla Bean Fudge

Delicious, smooth Vanilla Bean Fudge made with Rodelle Vanilla Beans. Scroll down below to be entered to win your own gift basket of Rodelle Vanilla goodies!

Vanilla Bean Fudge recipe

Vanilla Bean fudge has been on my mind for a very long time. With all the flavors of fudge I’ve made over the years, I’ve never done vanilla bean. Shocking, right?

The Root Beer float fudge and the Strawberry Swirl fudge have the base of the vanilla fudge, but it’s not quite the same until you add the vanilla beans. Just like vanilla ice cream and vanilla bean ice cream are very different, so is today’s fudge!

I know what you’re thinking. Vanilla Beans are expensive. It’s true. I use them sparingly and only in the BEST recipes.

Like today. You could just do vanilla fudge. Sure. But why not take that extra step and create something special? I love those little flecks of vanilla bean! I also used plenty of sprinkles to give this fudge a holiday flair. Feel free to leave off the extra chocolate and sprinkles to keep it simple, yet classy.

Vanilla Bean Fudge recipe

And, if you want to stretch your dollar, make vanilla sugar. It’s so easy. Once you’ve scraped your vanilla bean, put it in a mason jar and cover it with granulated sugar. Put a lid on the jar, shake, and let it set. I keep a jar (or two!) on my counter (or in my cabinets) and use the vanilla sugar in recipes like cupcakes, snickerdoodles, and lemon knots. It adds such a depth of flavor. Seriously. It’s perfect to add into any baked good that calls for sugar and vanilla extract together, use your vanilla sugar!

I replace the sugar in my jar several times before removing the bean. Then I add another bean (after I scraped out the good stuff!). It’s a cycle that is hard to stop!

Vanilla Bean Fudge recipe

Another thing I don’t go cheap on is Vanilla Extract. I have always bought Rodelle. Sure it’s more expensive, but it’s quality that counts, right? I mean, I can bake up dozens of mediocre cookies…but why not bake up DELICIOUS cookies instead by using a few quality ingredients? After all, you’re taking the time to bake!

Make sure to check out my guide for how to make vanilla fudge for more fudge-making tips!

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Vanilla Bean Fudge recipe

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Yield: 64 pieces

Vanilla Bean Fudge

Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Delicious, smooth Vanilla Bean Fudge made with Rodelle Vanilla Beans.


  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow cream
  • 1 pkg (11oz) white chocolate morsels
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate, melted (optional)
  • sprinkles (optional)


  1. Line an 8inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prepare your mixing bowl by adding the marshmallow cream, white chocolate morsels and vanilla bean. Pour these ingredients (unmelted) into the mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter with sugar, heavy cream and salt over medium high heat. Bring to boil. Stirring constantly, boil for a complete 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour hot mixture over ingredients in your mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat on medium until smooth and creamy (about one minute). Pour into prepared baking dish.
  5. Refrigerate hot fudge for two hours, until set (or overnight).
  6. Remove parchment paper and cut into bite size pieces.
  7. If desired, pour melted chocolate into a ziploc sandwich bag, snip off the corner and drizzle over tops of fudge pieces. Add sprinkles and enjoy.
  8. Store fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. ENJOY.


To scrape a vanilla bean, slice it lengthwise from end to end. Using the tip of the knife "dig" out the beans until all have been removed. Save used vanilla bean and place it in a jar of granulated sugar to make Vanilla Sugar.

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Posted on December 4, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. I tried this recipe and it was so awesome! I used vanilla bean paste instead of from the bean and I didn’t boil it long enough. But! I’m doing another batch today and will cook it longer so it will set up better!! Thank You for this recipe!!

  2. Just made a batch of this fudge. It turned out awesome. I used a Rodelle Vanilla Bean I received from a blogging conference. My daughter saw this on pinterest and she begged for me to make it since she doesn’t like traditional chocolate fudge flavors.

  3. I made these last year…they are so delicious and they look so pretty and festive! The vanilla bean is expensive and SO WORTH it… The flavor makes the cost so worthwhile.

  4. Overall, this was delicious. I loved the specks of vanilla bean throughout!

    A few people thought it was too over-the-top sweet, so I may try to turn the dial back on the sugar a little bit.

  5. Vanilla CuppyCakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting! That’s what’s in the oven right now, so I had to check out recipes while they’re baking 🙂 This fudge looks amazing, tomorrow nite maybe? Definitely Yes!

  6. I can’t wait to try this fudge! My favourite vanilla recipe though is butter cream icing for almost any cake with extra vanilla.

  7. I make an awesome vanilla bean buttercream frosting 🙂 It is a great contrast to a dark chocolate cupcake, and I love using it on chai spice cupcakes as well. I think your vanilla bean fudge would be a great treat for my husband.

  8. Ohhh these look delicious! I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for the Rodelle vanilla, it sounds amazing! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful recipe and giveaway!

  9. I guess vanilla bean ice cream with vanilla bean shortbread cookies but it may end up being this vanilla bean fudge as soon as i get some marshmallow cream so i can make it.

  10. I love all things vanilla…especially with vanilla bean in it!! I make vanilla bean whipped cream to top all kinds of things…I think that may be my favorite.

  11. I have a real penchant for anything vanilla! I enjoy vanilla in my coffee – I add half of a vanilla bean (sliced open) to my coffee grounds and a pinch of cinnamon. Delicious and smells fabulous!

  12. I LOVE all things vanilla! This fudge will be my first attempt at using vanilla beans. Can’t wait to try it! It will make a great addition to all the tins I will be making! 🙂

  13. I like using Vanilla beans in my Original Cheesecakes! Adds a little extra yumminess to the cheesecake plus it looks so pretty!!!

  14. Ahhh, GORGEOUS fudge. My sister got me these same holly sprinkles when she was away on a trip! I love how you arraigned them – so cute and just perfect.
    I LOVE vanilla beans. At my grocery store they go for the crazy price of $17.99 for 2 BEANS. But I’ve recently found them at another store (about an hour away) that sells them for 99 cents a bean. Craziness!
    I keep my vanilla beans in a jar and just open up the jar to smell the glorious things. <3
    This giveaway looks awesome.
    Pinning it!

  15. Well I can see I am in the presence of the fudge fairy. Holy cow Aimee this fudge is beautiful! And I know it’s delicious since I’ve tried so many of them heehee. 😀

  16. I’ve never tried obe of your vanilla recipes but I have made a few of your fudge recipes and they have beeb super yummy! I’ve gotten lots of great comments after people have eaten it.

  17. Vanilla bean ice cream, but this fudge looks amazing. I definitely would like to try this and your vanilla bean snickerdoodles.

  18. Vanilla bean ice cream is my favorite, but your recipe looks amazing. I definitely want to try this and your vanilla bean snickerdoodles recipe.

  19. Homemade Vanilla bean ice cream…but that may change when I make this fudge. Thanks for all the great recipes. Have a great Holiday.

  20. Vanilla drop cookies with vanilla frosting… Yummy & Simple Old Fashioned treat…
    Going to try the Vanilla Bean Fudge… Love all things Fudge & trying new flavors…
    As Always… Enjoy!!!

  21. My favorite vanilla recipes would have to be Vanilla bean rice pudding and Vanilla pound cake with vanilla glae. So simple but so delicious.

  22. Great idea for the vanilla sugar…..thanks! And this fudge looks so amazing! I will be making some this weekend! Thanks a bunch!

  23. Aimee, this fudge is so lovely! I have never used real vanilla bean before, but I would have to try it on this recipe of yours because it is just so beautiful! I have never seen those cute holly sprinkles before. Will have to keep my eye out for them!

  24. I have never used vanilla beans in a recipe. I am glad to know about this recipe and want so much to try it. It looks so yummy!

  25. There is just something so magical about vanilla bean ice cream!!! Dang, girl this fudge is amazing looking! I love love LOVE the extra chocolate and sprinkles on top…so fancy shmancy looking!

  26. My favorite vanilla recipe is vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. I’ve never used fresh vanilla beans, but you’ve inspired me to try using them for the first time! 🙂

  27. I love vanilla! I love vanilla bean ice cream and using vanilla beans in a sauce like creme anglais to make it extra special.

  28. Recipe sounds so good…I have actually never used vanilla bean in my cooking before…I’ll be sure to try it now, thank you!

  29. I’d love to try this recipe, even though I’m not a fudge fan it sounds delicious. Is there something that can be substituted for heavy cream? I’m allergic to have cream and half & Half.

  30. I usually only make the traditional fudge and sometimes a white chocolate fudge for the holidays. I might have to make this a special batch.

  31. I make my own homemade vanilla with rum and beans. It really adds a lot of flavor. I’ve heard of making it with vodka but I haven’t tried that yet. This recipe looks so interesting, I’ve never heard of vanilla bean fudge!!

  32. Your sprinkles are so cute and would make any dessert perfect for Christmas! I’ve been trying to decide what fudge to make this year and you just made the decision 10x harder! 🙂 The color, the thickness, the creaminess – this looks like fantastic fudge!

  33. I have a vanilla sour cream pound cake I make. I LOVE it! The sugary coating on the cake along with the flecks of vanilla bean throughout is just divine. Thinking about it now makes me want to bake one!

  34. Definitely vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing. Classic & always the first to fly off our birthday party cupcake buffet’s!

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  35. first of all, I am a huge fan of Rodelle baking products! And I am a sucker for a very simple vanilla bean cupcake with vanilla bean buttercream frosting!

  36. I use vanilla in every thing I bake! I need to make vanilla sugar, sounds delicious!! love love love me some vanilla, my daughter laughs at me every time I use it because I always take a big whiff and say mmmm! Yes I am a dork 🙂 Thank you for this giveaway!

  37. I love the look of this fudge and can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what you do with the vanilla beans.

  38. Vanilla fudge is my absolute favorite, so I am positively drooling over here over the idea of vanilla bean fudge!! Love the cute sprinkles you used, too!

  39. Love this recipe!! I’ve been looking for something like this and I so agree with u on the vanilla!! But I want to ask where did u get the toping? That’s so cute perfect Christmas touch…and I know exactly who I’m making these for!

  40. I’ve never used vanilla beans but I love to use vanilla extract in all my baked goods. I’ll have to try using actual vanilla beans and making vanilla sugar with the scraped pod.

  41. Vanilla cupcakes had been the favorite, but I’ve been wanting to try vanilla fudge for quite some time – hopefully this one will move to the top!

  42. I don’t think I’ve ever tried to make a vanilla recipe before. Maybe I’ll have to try this Vanilla Bean Fudge. I’ve been wanting to make something with Vanilla Beans.

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