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Cranberry microwave fudge

This ever popular fudge recipe has been around since doing our microwave cookery classes in the 80´s. It is a staple to make for cake sales and fund-raising. A great addition to the birthday party table, or for something extra special after a dinner party or just to have as a treat. Pack up in a pretty gift bag or box and it not only is delicious, but easy on the pocket as well.


  • 1 x 397 g tin condensed milk
  • 500 g castor sugar (1 packet)
  • 125 g butter or margarine
  • 100 ml dried cranberries
  • 5 ml vanilla essence


  1. In a very large hard plastic bowl, place condensed milk, castor sugar and butter.
  2. Cook on 100% power for 2 minutes, mix well.
  3.  Cook a further 5 minutes on 100% power and stir at least twice.
  4.  Reduce power to 70% and cook a further 5 – 8 minutes, stirring as often as necessary, when the mixture rises it is important to stir.
  5.  Fudge will change colour and begin to show signs of coming away from the side of the bowl.
  6.  Add in cranberries and vanilla essence and /or any other additions you may choose.
  7.  Beat well and be very quick.
  8. Pour into a greased 24 cm square container to set. Cut into squares with a wet knife before completely set.

Makes about 36 squares


  •  Add in 30 ml cocoa powder.
  • Add in 100 g chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts
  •  Add in 50 g glacé cherries, chopped
  •  Add in 75 g chopped dried fruit
  •  Add in 75 g chopped cranberries
  •  Add in 30 g coconut (100 ml)
  •  Add in 100 ml muesli
  •  Add in 100 g chopped chocolate
  •  Add in 100 g chocolate chips
  •  Add in 100 ml popped rice cereal
  •  Add in 100 g chopped Turkish delight and 5 ml rose water
  •  Add in 100 g toasted pistachio nuts or pine nuts


  •  For softer fudge add in 5 ml white vinegar with the vanilla essence.
  •  Grease the lip of the bowl with butter before cooking as this assists in stopping fudge from spilling over the lip of the dish.
  •  Fudge, which remains toffee-like in texture, has not been cooked long enough.

With Love



Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.