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Sweetheart Strawberry Valentines Day Fudge

After the dull (and never-ending) month of January, I really love to celebrate Valentines Day. Making some sweet treats for my sweetheart is the best. This Strawberry Valentines Day Fudge recipe is so pretty and festive. It’s got a creamy melt-in-your-mouth texture and a sweet hint of strawberry. The pink and red colors are mesmerizing, then the fudge is finished with sprinkles. This is the sweet Valentines treat your sweeties are going to love.

Surprise your sweetheart with this easy Valentines Day Fudge recipe that tastes like strawberry milk! It's creamy, soft and delicious.

Fudge has got to be one of the most versatile recipes you can make. Once you get the basic fudge recipe down, you can add any flavor or coloring you want. This is a unique fudge recipe and great for beginners. You don’t need a candy thermometer and you don’t have to worry about burning your fudge over the stovetop.

This Strawberry Fudge recipe is made using buttercream frosting. The strawberry flavoring comes from strawberry candy melts and extract – which you can buy on Amazon (or any box store). Using the candy melts and buttercream frosting provides an easy and shortcut way to beautiful Valentines Day Fudge. Honestly – it tastes just as good as the old-fashioned type with marshmallow.

Serve the fudge at a Valentines Day party or tea. I also love it as a Galentines Day gift for friends. Kids love helping out in the kitchen too – so grab them to add the sprinkles. It’s all about having some creative fun for Valentines Day.

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How To Make Strawberry Valentines Day Fudge

Your melting for this recipe will be done in the microwave, so you’ll want to use microwave-safe glass bowls. You’ll also need parchment paper to keep the fudge from sticking to the pan. The fudge will set in a 8×8 square pan. The square pan does not need to be glass.

What To Serve With Your Valentines Day Fudge

Throw a Valentines Day party and make a dessert tray that’s full of pink and red desserts. I love pink sandwich cookies and red velvet cupcakes to accompany this fudge. Pop some champagne and serve the kids some milk. Nobody can resist a great dessert tray.

How To Keep Your Valentines Day Fudge Fresh

Once your Valentines Day Fudge has set, you can store it in an air-tight food storage container. This will keep it fresh and soft to enjoy for up to 7 days. As it looses it’s freshness it will be less creamy and soft – and more crumbly.

Best Practices For The Perfect Valentines Day Fudge

  • The chocolate will slightly seize when the frosting is added to it. This is normal, no need to worry. You just need the mixture to be pourable. Just keep stirring and you’ll be good to go.
  • Do not add the extract directly to the chocolate or it will ruin it. The extract seizes the chocolate to a point that it’s not usable. 
  • If you can’t find strawberry candy melts, no problem. The extract still adds plenty of flavor. You can just use normal pink candy melts instead.
  • If you don’t have access to candy melts, you can use white chocolate chips and color the chocolate with oil based food dye. Do not use water based dye or it ruins the chocolate like the extract does. 

Can You Freeze Strawberry Fudge?

You can freeze fudge and I recommend for no more than 3 months. Store it in freezer bags to prevent freezer burn. Let it thaw for 24-hours on the countertop before enjoying again. Do not eat frozen fudge (ouch for your teeth).

What You’ll Need From The Store:

Easy Valentines Day Fudge Recipe

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Valentines Day Fudge

Place the red candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high, in the microwave, for 2-3 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Stop every 15-30 seconds to stir during the melting process to ensure the candy melts don’t overcook.

Follow step one for the pink candy melts, keeping the two colors separated.

Melting Red Candy Melts in Microwave

Remove the lid and film from the frosting and place it in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until fully melted and smooth. Set aside ½ a teaspoon of uncooked frosting if using the heart sprinkles.

Add the extract to the frosting and stir well.

Adding extract to the buttercream frosting

Place half of the frosting in with the red candy melts and the other half with the pink candy melts.

Stir each color vigorously until fully mixed. 

Line your pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang.

Alternate pouring in the two colors in random spots, pausing to tap the pan in between so it evens out and removes bubbles.

Alternating pink and red fudge

Once all your chocolate mixtures have been poured in and evened out, sprinkle the top of the fudge with as many Valentine’s themed non-pareils as you like.

Place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until hardened. If desired, use the set aside frosting and place a dab on the back of a heart sprinkle, and press it into the middle of each fudge square you cut for a cute addition! Enjoy!

Finished Valentines Day Fudge Recipe

Yield: 16 Pieces

Strawberry Valentines Day Fudge

Valentines Day Fudge Recipe

This Valentines Day Fudge is so easy to make with buttercream frosting and flavored with strawberry extract.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Container Buttercream Frosting (16 ounces)
  • ¾ Cup Red Candy Melts
  • ¾ Cup Strawberry Flavored Pink Candy Melts
  • 1 Teaspoon Strawberry Extract
  • Valentine’s Mix Non-Pareils Sprinkles
  • Pink and Red Heart Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the red candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high, in the microwave, for 2-3 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Stop every 15-30 seconds to stir during the melting process to ensure the candy melts don’t overcook.
  2. Follow step one for the pink candy melts, keeping the two colors separated.
  3. Remove the lid and film from the frosting and place it in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until fully melted and smooth. Set aside ½ a teaspoon of uncooked frosting if using the heart sprinkles.
    Add the extract to the frosting and stir well.
  4. Place half of the frosting in with the red candy melts and the other half with the pink candy melts.
  5. Stir each color vigorously until fully mixed. Line your pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang.
  6. Alternate pouring in the two colors in random spots, pausing to tap the pan in between so it evens out and removes bubbles.
  7. Once all your chocolate mixtures have been poured in and evened out, sprinkle the top of the fudge with as many Valentine’s themed non-pareils as you like.
  8. Place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until hardened.
    If desired, use the set aside frosting and place a dab on the back of a heart sprinkle, and press it into the middle of each fudge square you cut for a cute addition! Enjoy!

Notes

If your fudge turns out hard or seems to fall apart when you’re cutting it, this means too much chocolate was used. You’ll need to reduce the chocolate the next time around. It will still taste good, it just won’t be very soft or pretty.

If your fudge won’t set up well, it means not enough chocolate was used. You either need to increase the chocolate used or decrease the amount of frosting the next time around.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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