Cranberry Pistachio Fudge

My co-worker and I were talking about how easy fudge is to make and he began telling me about his father-in-law’s method for old fashioned fudge that almost never sets up properly and requires not only a candy thermometer but also absolute preciseness.

I told him fudge does not have to be that complicated. In my world, fudge is not complicated or intimidating!

This quick and easy Cranberry-Pistachio Fudge only takes 3 minutes of cook time, no candy thermometer at all, and uses just 4 ingredients!

cranberry pistachio fudge cut into squares on a cutting board

The hardest part about this fudge is waiting several hours for it to set up in the fridge, but that’s about it. Seriously! The resulting fudge is creamy and sweet and so incredibly delicious. So that we don’t eat the whole thing ourselves, we will mail the majority of it to my cousin in Afghanistan for the holidays and keep just a small portion of it for our family holiday.

Cranberry Pistachio Fudge cut into squares on brown paper

Cranberry Pistachio Fudge is creamy and sweet and so incredibly delicious. It takes just 3 minutes to make and 4 ingredients.

Cranberry Pistachio Fudge

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Cranberry Pistachio Fudge is creamy and sweet and so incredibly delicious. It takes just 3 minutes to make and 4 ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 212 kcal


  • 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups White chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup Shelled salted pistachios


  • Line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides to easily pull the fudge out once it is set. Set aside.
  • Combine the sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat 2 -3 minutes, stirring in 30 second intervals until the chocolate has just melted into the condensed milk. Beware not to overheat as the chocolate will seize up and be ruined.
  • It will be quite thick. Stir in the cranberries and pistachios until evenly combined. Pour into the prepared dish and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula.
  • Cover the fudge with foil and refrigerate for 4 hours. Once set, lift the fudge out of the dish using the foil overhang. Turn the fudge upside down to remove the foil, then turn right side up on a cutting board. Cut the fudge into 1-inch squares.


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 167mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 0.3mg
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5 thoughts on “Cranberry Pistachio Fudge”

  1. Aw, don’t go to the trouble of mailing it all the way to Afghanistan. You can just mail it here. So much easier. I have never made fudge. Honestly I’ve never even been tempted. Until now. It’s the salted pistachios that is really doing it for me. YUM. Visiting from FoodieFriDIY.

    • Thanks, Christine. The soldiers deployed in Afghanistan would strongly disapprove if I did not send them candy this year! I really like this particular blend for the sweet, tart and salty blend with the cranberries and pistachios. Fudge was a tradition in our family that my Mom started many decades ago and that I still carry on now that she’s gone. It’s like still being able to celebrate and honor my Mom’s traditions even after her passing and makes the Holidays just seem a little more like Holidays even without her. My Mom and I would make batches and batches of fudge and after my cousin joined the Air Force, we always sent him a care package from “home”. It always makes him feel not so very far away. Thank you for stopping in today. Happy Holidays!

    • Hi Jodie! I hope you got out to the store. I was looking at photos of your Holiday spread and just love your buffet. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.


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