Gumdrop Candy Fudge

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My Candy Fudge is enough to get anyone in the holiday spirit! After all, those red and green dots nestled in the smooth white fudge are so bright and cheery. My gumdrop recipe is made with creamy, silky chocolate and flavored with just three additional ingredients — including yummy, gummy gumdrops!

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Candy Fudge

Even the most bake-happy home cook will get sick of making sweets about a month into the holidays… Or at least running low on ideas! 

For me, fudges are the perfect solution: they’re quick, they’re delicious, and you can make a whole boatload as easily as making a single serving.

I have a few other tricks up my sleeve, too: crockpot candies, cracker candies, and dump cakes. You just mix ‘em all together, cook ‘em, and they’re ready to serve! 

ingredients for gumdrop candy fudge

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • White Chocolate – I like to make holiday fudge recipes with white chocolate chips or morsels.

    These tiny bites melt quickly and easily! But any kind of melting chocolate is fine. 
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – This thick, sugary ingredient melts the chocolate to smooth, luscious perfection and helps everything set.

    Unfortunately, there’s no good substitute — you could sweeten some heavy cream, but it still won’t set just right. 
  • Vanilla Extract – This is a can’t-miss ingredient! It heightens and complements all of our other flavors, especially the white chocolate!

    The only substitute I’d really recommend is almond extract.
  • Red & Green Gumdrops – I actually like to use Dots, cut in half, to make gumdrop fudge!

    Unlike the original gumdrop, these are fruity flavored — cherry and lime, to be exact. 
melted white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a pot

Helpful Tips and Suggestions for My Fudgy Gumdrop Recipe

  • Try it with the classically spiced gumdrop recipe!

Cinnamon, clove, anise, spearmint, and wintergreen — these are the spiced flavors of old. To many, these were the flavors of the holidays.

And they go well in my candy fudge, too!

  • Different chocolate options to play around with. 

Are you a fan of almond bark? This vanilla-flavored bar is just perfect for this recipe! It melts well and has its own unique taste.

You could really make this recipe with any kind of chocolate — milk, semi-sweet, and even dark.

These chocolates pair a lot better with the classic spiced gumdrop recipe than with Dots.

  • Tips for a gorgeous presentation!

If you’re going to prepare some holiday fudge recipes, you should give them a holiday-worthy presentation!

Especially if you plan on giving them away as gifts, which is something I just love to do. 

First, let it completely cool and set.

Instead of slicing in the pan, remove the whole slab (it should come out pretty easily if lined with foil or parchment) and trim the rough, uneven edges off. 

Hold your knife under hot, running water, dry completely, then slowly cut your squares. They’ll be almost too pretty to eat!

adding red and green gumdrops to melted chocolate

Storing and Freezing Gumdrop Fudge

Keep in an airtight container free of any moisture or condensation.

Store right on the countertop, away from direct sunlight, for up to a week — or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Freezing is easy as can be! Just wrap well in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil and store in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

Let thaw in the fridge, then soften at room temperature.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • A 9×9 Square Pan is perfect for making all kinds of holiday fudge recipes.
  • Medium Saucepan – Heats evenly and is easy to clean too – both important qualities when you’re making candy fudge.
  • A sturdy silicone spatula can be used for scraping, stirring, and smoothing and is easy to clean too! 
gumdrop fudge in parchment lined pan

Candy Fudge Recipe FAQ

Does candy fudge need to be refrigerated?

Nope! It can be kept either at room temperature or in the fridge, though it’ll certainly last longer if chilled. 

Why is my fudge not hardening?

When it comes to making white chocolate candy, it’s mostly about having the right ratio of chocolate to condensed milk. After all, it’s not like regular fudges with regular chocolate — we’re not boiling for it to set. 

Instead, we’re relying on it to harden as it always would after being softened and flavored by our other ingredients. If it’s not hardening, slowly melt again and add some more white cocoa to the mixture. 

What are gumdrops made of?

They’re primarily gelatin. The candies are sweetened with corn syrup, of course, and various sugars and extracts depending on the flavor. 

More Delicious Holiday Fudge Recipes to Try

Gumdrop fudge looks a bit like my sugar cookie fudge. That recipe is sweeter, richer, and more decadent — a true holiday indulgence!

Then, there’s my minty Christmas candy cane fudge. Red and white and sweet all over, it has that cooling edge for a nice break from some of those heavier desserts.

But maybe you’re all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate… I get it! That’s why I’m offering up my hot cocoa fudge too. That fluffy marshmallow on top makes the perfect bite!

hand holding piece of gumdrop candy fudge

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stacked gumdrop fudge

Gumdrop Candy Fudge

Donna Elick
Gumdrop Candy Fudge is made with just 4 ingredients! Wrap up my holiday fudge recipe for a sweet, satisfying stocking stuffer this season!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 50 pieces


  • 4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces sweetened condensed milk, one can
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red and green gumdrops, Dots candy


  • Line a 9×9 inch square pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium low heat add your chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
  • Stir until all melted and smooth, do not let this burn or cook too high as it will turn the chocolate a tan color instead of white.
  • Once all the chocolate chips are melted remove the pan from the heat.
  • Stir in the gum drops until just mixed in.
  • Pour the fudge into your prepared 9×9 pan and smooth out.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  • Remove the fudge from the pan once chilled and slice into bite size squares. You can cut the squares larger or smaller depending on your preference.

Donna’s Notes

You can also use almond bark instead of chocolate chips.
I used Dots candies that I cut in half but you can use regular gumdrops or even spiced gumdrops.
You want to work pretty quickly once the chocolate has melted before it firms back up.
I let the fudge sit out after chilling for a bit to make it easier to cut.
To get pretty squares trim off the rough edges first.
Store these in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week and in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Let the fudge come back to room temperature before serving.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 107cal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 18mg | Sugar: 13g | Fiber: 0.03g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published November 2023

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this Gumdrop Candy Fudge is an absolute delight! It’s like a burst of holiday cheer in every bite. Thank you, Donna and Chad, for yet another incredible recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian!

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