Festive and Easy 5-Minute Cranberry-Pistachio-Orange Peel Fudge

Cranberry-Pistachio-Orange Peel Fudge is equal parts sweet, tart, creamy, chewy and comes together in the microwave in 5 minutes. Ready to enjoy or gift with 2 hours of chilling time.

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Happy Sunday!

Christmas is a week from today and I have a last-minute recipe that comes

together in 5 minutes. . .ideal for a sweet treat

to enjoy with family or holiday gifting!

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  This creamy vanilla fudge is studded with tart dried cranberries,

candied orange peel and salted pistachios that makes tasty and festive little candy squares!

It’s topped with a finely chopped layer of pistachios that add some

welcome crunch and help balance the sweet flavors.

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Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

 16 oz. package of vanilla-flavored almond bark, broken into pieces (I used CandiQuik)

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios, roughly chopped

1/4 cup roasted salted pistachios, finely chopped for top of fudge

6 oz. candied orange peel (with fruitcake supplies, I found mine at Publix)

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Here are the easy steps:

Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray and

line with parchment paper that overhangs the edges; set aside.

Mix cranberries, orange peel and 1/2 cup chopped pistachios together in medium bowl,

stirring together and separating cranberries that are stuck together; set aside.

Place the sweetened condensed milk and pieces of almond bark in a large microwave-safe bowl.

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Heat the almond bark and condensed milk in microwave uncovered on high for 1-minute,

stirring well after heating.

Continue heating in 30-second increments, stirring well after each heating cycle,

to help melt almond bark. Microwaves vary; this should take 2 – 2 1/2 minutes.

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When fudge mixture is melted and smooth, stir in cranberry/orange/nut mixture.

Immediately pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Smooth top with spatula and lightly tap pan against countertop several times to help level fudge.

Sprinkle top with finely chopped pistachios, pressing down lightly with back of measuring cup

so nuts adhere to top of warm fudge.

Place in refrigerator and chill until set, about 2 hours.

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When fudge is set, lift out of pan by edges of parchment paper

and transfer to cutting board; cut into 36 pieces.

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Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

5-Minute Cranberry-Pistachio-Orange Peel Fudge

This 5-minute fudge is equal parts sweet, tart, creamy, chewy and comes together in the microwave. Ready to enjoy or gift with 2 hours of chilling time.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
chill time: 2 hours2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 8 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied orange peel, CandiQuik, dried cranberries, easy fudge, food gift, microwave fudge, salted pistachios, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla almond bark
Servings: 36 pieces

Equipment

  • 8 x 8 pan
  • microwave

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 16 oz. vanilla-flavored almond bark (like CandiQuik), broken into pieces
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted pistachios finely chopped for top of fudge
  • 6 oz. candied orange peel found with fruitcake supplies, I found mine at Publix

Instructions

  • Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper that overhangs the edges; set aside.
  • Mix cranberries, orange peel and 1/2 cup chopped pistachios together in medium bowl, stirring mix together and separating cranberries that are stuck together; set aside.
  • Place the sweetened condensed milk and pieces of almond bark in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  • Heat the almond bark and condensed milk in microwave, uncovered on high (100% power) for 1-minute, stirring well after heating. Continue heating in 30-second increments, stirring well after each heating cycle, taking care not to scorch. Microwaves vary; this should take 2 – 2 1/2 minutes.
  • When fudge mixture is melted and smooth, stir in cranberry/orange/nut mixture.
  • Immediately pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth top with spatula and lightly tap pan against countertop several times to help level and smooth fudge.
  • Sprinkle top with finely chopped pistachios, pressing down lightly with back of measuring cup so nuts adhere to top of warm fudge. Place in refrigerator and let chill until set, about 2 hours.
  • When fudge is set, lift out of pan by edges of parchment paper and transfer to cutting board and cut into 36 pieces.
  • Stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

If you don’t have a microwave, you can make this fudge on your stove top, melting over medium heat; it will take a little longer to melt.

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas Week! 🎄

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  15 comments for “Festive and Easy 5-Minute Cranberry-Pistachio-Orange Peel Fudge

  1. Donna
    December 18, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for your wonderful site! I enjoy it immensely!
    Happy Holidays!

  2. December 18, 2022 at 9:18 am

    What a delightful treat and so pretty! I’m all about fast and easy, thank you Mary!

  3. Clara
    December 18, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Thanks Mary for the recipe. It looks so festive and sounds delicious. Happy Sunday! Clara❤️

  4. Cheryl
    December 18, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Mary, have you ever tried this in a chocolate version?

    • December 18, 2022 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Cheryl, No I haven’t but I’m sure it would be great. CandiQuik comes in both regular chocolate and dark chocolate versions. Try it and let me know how you like it. 🎄

  5. December 18, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    😋🙏

  6. December 18, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    I like quick and easy, and those ingredients sound perfect for Christmas and New Years! I wish we had a few more weeks to savor the holiday season. ❤️🎄❤️

  7. December 19, 2022 at 10:16 am

    The fudge looks delicious, Mary! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your pretty presentation ♥️

  8. Teresa Cline
    December 19, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for another delicious recipe Mary! 🎄

  9. Kim
    December 19, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Mary, I made this today. I couldn’t find candied orange peel so I add some extra cranberries and pistachios. It’s delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe! Merry Christmas!

  10. KathyP
    December 19, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Mary, I can always count on you for a recipe for any season or holiday! Such a pretty fudge, I can’t wait to try it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. Jerrie Stanton
    December 20, 2022 at 7:25 am

    I was wracking my brain to come up with an easy sweet treat to share with neighbors this year! You never disappoint Mary, thank you! Jerrie

  12. Lisa C
    December 20, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I made your fudge with the chocolate version of CandiQuik, delicious! BTW for your those looking for CandiQuik, I found vanilla, chocolate and dark chocolate at Lowe’s Foods. Thank you Mary, Merry Christmas! 🎄

  13. Christie
    December 20, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Mary, I don’t have a microwave, can I make this without one and if so how would you recommend it done. Thank you. I really want to make this for my family

    • December 20, 2022 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Christie, f you don’t have a microwave, you can make this fudge on your stove top, melting the CandiQuik with the sweetened condensed milk over medium heat; it will take a little longer to melt. Make sure you stir while heating to prevent it from scorching. :)

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