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Vanilla fudge comes together in a festive red, white and blue design – a tie dyed fudge perfect for the 4th of July.

4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge

I love being a mom. And I love that I get to work from home. But sometimes, they just don’t mix. My daughter is 3. And whoever said that they are the “terrible twos” must have never had a child who turned 3. Two was a breeze, but the temper tantrums have definitely been in full swing this year.

I was in the kitchen, planning on making some festive fudge. The original plan was to just make a layered fudge – like the Candy Corn Fudge I did a couple of years ago. I had planned on making the layers, then topping the fudge with some fun sprinkles. (That is why there are sprinkles in the ingredient photo – but they didn’t quite make it into the final product!!)

4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge Ingredients

The one thing about this fudge recipe is that you have to work fast. The fudge starts setting up pretty quickly, and if you don’t have everything ready to go, it’s not going to work. I’m making the fudge, mixing the colors, and that is the moment my daughter decides to throw one of her epic tantrums. So there she is, on the kitchen floor, crying and screaming while I’m trying to layer the fudge. I’m so distracted that I don’t make the amount of each color even. I put the red layer down, and that’s when I realize that I didn’t make the mixtures even at all. And the fudge is quickly setting up while I’m trying to attend to my daughter. It’s just not working. I throw the different layers into the pan, frustrated with the whole thing. In all honesty, I thought it was ruined. In a last ditch effort, I grab a knife and swirl the mixtures together, thinking that I couldn’t ruin it any more at this point.

Later, when I went and cut into the fudge, I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think I liked this version even better than what I had originally planned!Β  I’m glad to see that a tantrum can turn a recipe right around!!

Festive 4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge

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4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge
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Vanilla fudge comes together in a festive red, white and blue design - perfect for the 4th of July.
Serves: 40-60 pieces
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups marshmallow creme
  • 8 oz white chocolate chips
  • red and blue food coloring
  1. (For thinner fudge, use an 8x8-inch baking dish. For a thicker fudge, use an 8x5-inch baking dish.)
  2. Line a baking dish with foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, combine the sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. When it comes to a boil, stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add in the marshmallow creme and the white chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  4. Divide the mixture into 3 bowls. Tint one red, one blue, and keep the third white. Pour the red fudge into the prepared baking dish, followed by the white fudge, then the blue fudge. Use a knife to drag through the mixture, combining to form the marbled effect. Let cool completely before cutting.

More 4th of July candy creations:

4th of July Chocolate Covered Marshmallows from Mountain Mama Cooks
Homemade Candy Corn from Taste and Tell
Red, White and Blue Candy Apples from Tidy Mom

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56 Responses to 4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge

  1. Rosa says:




  2. Rachel Cooks says:

    Love this! Glad the tantrum didn’t ruin it. I would have just ignored my daughter. lol

  3. This is so cool!!! You’re going to be the hit of the 4th of July! πŸ˜‰

  4. Love the tie dyed look!! So pretty πŸ™‚

  5. Eeva-Maija says:

    These looks wonderful! Any way to replace the marshmallow creme? I don’t live in US and don’t have access to it, but I’m hosting a 4th of July picnic and would really like to make them for that!

    • Deborah says:

      @Eeva-Maija, I’m not sure what you could substitute, but I have seen recipes online to make your own marshmallow creme or marshmallow fluff. Not sure how it would work in this recipe since I haven’t tried it, though.

  6. I love how they turned out!

  7. This looks fantastic! Gotta love those happy accidents. πŸ™‚

  8. Asiya says:

    It’s a big challenge cooking and then blogging with small kids…I always struggle with my youngest. But your fudge turned out looking great!!!

  9. Valerie M. says:

    That is so fun! I think it is better swirled than it would be layered too.

  10. mrsblocko says:

    Amen to the terrible threes. They were worse than the twos for me as well. (I’m on to the sassy seven’s now.)

    The fudge looks delicious btw!

  11. Tristine says:

    LOL!! I know what you mean about terrible twos vs. “horrible” threes. My first son was an ANGEL up until he turned 3. I suffered migraines EVERY single until he turned 10! 8 is another vicious age. He’s now 26, but now I have another son who is a stubborn, brilliant, independent three year old again. My first son had NOTHING on my second!

    Anyway…I digress. These look utterly amazing and I can’t wait for my husband to make them. (He’s the baker, I’m the cook. We balance each other out that way in nearly every aspect of our lives!)

  12. Now Deb, if this doesn’t make you feel patriotic and All American – nothing but having a flag surgically implanted across the irises would. ☺ This is so much fun and simply perfect.
    I’m completely love the swirl – it’s fun and a bit chaotic – much like America and children.
    I totally agree w/ you about the two’s and three’s – having been through three boys (two grown and one 13) I think I developed names for every age.

    Onederful Ones
    Terrible Two’s
    Tyrannical Threes
    Frustrating Fives
    Skulduggery Sixes
    Shenanigan Sevens
    Exasperating Eights
    Nuisance Nines
    Tetchy Tens…

    Yeah there is one for every age… they tend to get better once they graduate. LOL

  13. they look awesome and you get mad props for being so creative (with a 3 year old tugging at you!)

    Random question…the little pics with recipes on your sidebar…did you use a widget for those or a plugin? I am NOT able to do anything tricky, at all on my site but would love to install something like that myself, and not have to go thru my design guy every time I want to rotate them!

  14. Kristy says:

    Way to embrace the silver lining Deborah! These are just gorgeous and I love how they turned out. And I’m with you…it was the same here for both of my kids. The two’s were a breeze…three’s not so much. Fortunately once we’re almost to four now. πŸ˜‰

  15. Joanne says:

    Seems like her temper tantrum worked out for the best! I agree…I like this even more than the layers!

  16. I love the swirls, the fudge turned out perfectly!

  17. What a great idea, I love this! And the terrible three’s are definitely where it’s at, they need to change all the literature πŸ™‚

  18. This is beautiful, love it!! And hang in there, it’s the terrible three’s that you will look back on one day together and tell stories about! I miss those days…

  19. Kim says:

    I love the way it turned out! It looks really cool.

    My husband and I laugh all the time about the terrible twos. Babies and toddlers have nothing on kids as they get older. Eight, nine, ten, and eleven….MAJOR DRAMA. My 11 year old had a massive melt down this morning screaming and crying and carrying on about how her eye hurt and she couldn’t go the gym with me. As if I really wanted to go to the gym in the first place…ha ha.

  20. Karly says:

    Threes and fours are so much worse than the twos. Be prepared for lots more of this (fantastic) fudge in your future, because you’ll probably never get a chance for neat, even layers again. πŸ˜‰

  21. patsy says:

    I love the swirled, tie-dye look better than perfect layers… because even without anyone throwing a tantrum, my layers are never quite perfect! Turned out beautifully!

  22. Chels R. says:

    I think it looks beautiful! So patriotic! Eden has been going through a I’m not going to listen phase which sucks since I’m stuck in bed with a rib fracture πŸ™ I wish I could be in my kitchen. I miss it so much!

  23. Christina says:

    I LOVE this! Are the ones pictured the thicker version? They look amazing either way! πŸ™‚

  24. Vanessa says:

    I like that the layers weren’t even. I think it looks great! Sometimes when you don’t expect things to work out, they end up working perfectly.

  25. Anna says:

    Substitute for Marshmallow Creme : Just use the same weight in marshmallows. Seven ounces of marshmallow creme equals 22 large marshmallows. Use a scale if you have mini marshmallows.

  26. grace says:

    how festive! and with marshmallow fluff and white chocolate, it’s sure to be scrumptious too!

  27. Donna says:


  28. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    How brilliant! This sounds delicious and looks amazing. I hope you’ll add this to my Patriotic Project Parade going on through July 4th.


  29. I absolutely love the tie-dyed effect and can see so many different colors working here!

  30. Printabelle says:

    It turned out completely awesome! Great job! I love it, pinned.

  31. Britni says:

    These are just awesome!! I’m making some tomorrow!! I added you to my patriotic treats roundup! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  32. Karin says:

    I made these for a celebration that I attended on the 4th. They looked awesome, but the taste was off. I would reduce the amount of sugar if I were to do this again, but I would likely just do the affect with a different vanilla fudge recipe.

    • Deborah says:

      @Karin, sorry you didn’t love the taste! I’m guessing it’s the white chocolate – it’s not for everyone. I’m glad they looked good, though! πŸ™‚

  33. cherie says:

    Sorry to sound dense, but how do you drag the knife through? In a straight line, swirls or what? I’m assuming you do this after all of the colors are in the pan. I sure do wish you had a youtube tutorial or step by step pic’s, at leasst for the dragging part πŸ˜€

    thanks for the awesome idea

  34. omg, these look just like my patriotic marshmallows, they would look together so great!

  35. This fudge is so beautiful! Love the bright colors!

  36. Marilyn says:

    I’ve always said the “Terrible Twos” lasted for 2 terrible years! They start at 18 months and linger on to 3 1/2!
    Love the fudge! Will definitely try it this year.

  37. benamore says:

    Can I use different colors for other holidays?

  38. Emma says:

    Hi, I’m new to your site and have discovered this recipe, I don’t live in America, I can get marshmellow fluff at my supermarket, is this the same as marshmellow creme, I would really love to try this recipe.

  39. Emma says:

    Thankyou so much, I shall buy some fluff today.

  40. Barbara says:

    How much food coloring does one use??

    • Deborah says:

      I used a gel paste and just mixed in enough until it was the shade I wanted. I didn’t measure it, but just used a small amount and added more if I wanted more color.

  41. Carolyn says:

    The fudge recipe looks great! I can’t wait to try it! My question….can I use liquid food coloring or does it have to be the paste kind!

    Thanks so much!!!

    • Deborah says:

      I’m not sure if liquid food coloring would work or not, to be honest. It might make the chocolate seize up, but I would suggest making a small portion and testing it first. Good luck!

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