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Root Beer Float Fudge Recipe

Root Beer Float Fudge Recipe

My children have always loved root beer floats so I came up with this fudgy treat just for them. Sweet and creamy with that familiar root beer flavor, it's always a best seller at school bake sales. —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:81 servings


  • 1 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons root beer concentrate


  • 1. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, milk and remaining butter. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 4 minutes.
  • 2. Remove from heat. Stir in baking chips and marshmallow creme until melted. Pour one-third of the mixture into a small bowl; stir in vanilla.
  • 3. To remaining mixture, stir in root beer concentrate; immediately spread into prepared pan. Spread vanilla mixture over top. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  • 4. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 3 pounds.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick root beer concentrate.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • For the best texture and smoothest top, spread quickly with as little manipulation as possible.
  • Styling tip: Don't flatten the bottom layer; let it have some peaks and valleys to create a marbled look.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 74 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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    Tiffany User ID: 9084945 261529
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

    "This recipe is essentially the fantasy fudge recipe on marshmallow fluff jars. I love root beer flavoring, and upped the concentrate to a tbsp. The color was pretty, but it did not taste like root beer at all. This was using root beer concentrate. I don't know if root beer extract would work better. I'm using the left over concentrate to make root beer in my fourth grade class room."

    Jen User ID: 9015632 259158
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

    "Followed recipe to a T. Did not set well. Had to scoop out, reboil, add more chips and reset. Came out extremely sweet, still too smooshy and not at all root beer flavored. Not worth the effort to make"

    Janetmc7 User ID: 8833007 253548
    Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016

    "This recipe did not work for me at all, I tried it twice and it came out like mush, tried to freeze it but it was still mushy, my kids were very disappointed"

    bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252469
    Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

    "Who doesn't love rootbeer - it was the perfect color and taste was perfect too"

    veggiemama User ID: 4640590 249140
    Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

    "I used the McCormick root beer concentrate (3 teaspoons) and it was plenty brown. I used 1 teaspoon of vanilla for the white layer."

    makells User ID: 5712712 241392
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

    "five stars. I made this as directed and my only change was to add 3 tbs of root beer concentrate and I added food coloring to get the brown color. Everyone wanted the recipe"

    dmodin64 User ID: 7182998 232089
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

    "I made this following these directions to a "T" and it has some issues...1. No Brown/White layers...both are white...where's you get the color from? 2. The fudge doesn't set up well...needs more chips and half as much of the Sugar/butter/evap milk mixture to solidify! It is REALLY sweet, not being a smart aleck....and I added a 3rd tsp of Root Beer flavoring. Anyone have any other suggestions to make this turn out well?? Not sure what to do with my pan of not-so-solid root beer fudge!!"

    clarapippa User ID: 7949787 227994
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

    "Very good, but looks nothing like the picture. My adjustments: 3 tsps of root beer extract, 1 tsps of vanilla, 10 oz of vanilla chips, 2.5 c of sugar. Gives you more of that root beer pop!"

    randcbruns User ID: 828588 227311
    Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

    "My family loves this recipe. The key is to use rootbeer candy concentrate NOT rootbeer flavoring. The candy concentrate I find at my favorite candy supply store fives this fudge a dark brown color and super rootbeer flavor."

    bakerinfl User ID: 8103434 153258
    Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

    "Don't waste your time, energy or money on this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and it tasted exactly like white chocolate chips. It is quite sweet and not flavored at all like root beer (I used the root beer concentrate) as recommended. It is not a recipe worth trying."

    dflack628 User ID: 6932371 124314
    Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

    "I made this yesterday for the first time. The recipe is basically the old Kraft Fantasy Fudge recipe I've made for 40 + years with the flavors changed. The good news is that it tastes delicious and is just the right consistency. The only problem I had was with the color. Even with root beer concentrate, the root beer layer was too pale. I added a bit of regular food coloring to it, but it was going to take a fair amount to get it root beer brown. The next time, I'll buy some concentrated brown color from a local cake decorating and candy making supply store to color it. Seems like it will be a great recipe to make during the upcoming holiday season.

    BTW, I couldn't find McCormick root beer concentrate at my local grocery stores. Instead, I bought Watkin's brand at my local Wal Mart."

    CLaFrainer User ID: 5890822 127717
    Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

    "Made this for an auction at my PT Cruiser Club and was a big hit! Will add to my candy recipes and make again!"

    Tializ User ID: 7934124 200747
    Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

    "Sounds yummy, can this fudge be frozen and taken out a couple of pieces at a time?"

    CJFordyce User ID: 7943405 196543
    Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

    "Hi mabiggs -

    You're looking for root beer concentrate, not extract, and it's carried at Walmart (in SoCal, at least). Good luck!

    CJFordyce User ID: 7943405 196522
    Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

    "Hi Pattie-_k -

    Add to the portion with the root beer flavoring 5 red, 6 ylw, 3 green (drops) of McCormick Asst food coloring. Good luck! "

    CJFordyce User ID: 7943405 120598
    Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

    "Wonderfully yummy fudge that really does taste like a root beer float! The only problem I found was the color combo for the brown. However, it's on the back of the McCormick Asst. food coloring box (5 red, 6 ylw, 3 green) That gives it a tan color. Will make it darker next time. I also upped the vanilla to a full tsp to give it a more ice creamy taste. Delish!"

    mabiggs User ID: 7865427 126344
    Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

    "Where can I order Root Beer extract??????????"

    pattie-_k User ID: 7921642 140905
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

    "I have made this about 5 times now and every time I made iti do NOT get the 2 colors. What am I doing wrong?????"

    ellafitz61 User ID: 7921471 184597
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

    "elmolino - not a typo. it is 81 servings of 1 piece each. 9x9 pan cut in 1 inch pieces makes 81 pieces."

    elmolino User ID: 7449952 199231
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

    "typo say's it makes 81 servings........................"

    ytrewq User ID: 2220035 190395
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

    "Made this and was it ever wonderful!!! Very creamy and it does taste like a root beer float.

    I've been asked for the recipe already. It set very well and the two tone color is pretty."

    DianeC23 User ID: 141506 139761
    Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

    "This fudge is easy to make, but the color didn't work and it didn't set very well. The root beer layer crumbled so badly that I had great trouble cutting it. It has a decent flavor, though it's extremely sweet."

    arieslion User ID: 6790183 213562
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

    "making this soon, but just a note. I have been using the tin foil pans for years to make fudge, just coat with cooking spray and let set up with your fudge. normally pops right out and you can get many uses from one pan."

    MamaYaya User ID: 7524742 213561
    Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

    "Absolutely love this recipe.....I have made 4 batches this weekend....of different flavors......LOVE LOVE LOVE IT......"

    Terigb User ID: 7510243 198702
    Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

    "Is it 5 ounces of evap milk or one can. all of my cans are 12 oz?"

    LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 184595
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

    "What a fun twist on fudge. But be warned, this is for those with serious sweet tooths.

    You'll also want to make sure to use the root beer concentrate and not an extract. I made that mistake at first and couldn't figure out what went wrong. It didn't get brown at all. My husband was the one who noticed the ingredient called for was concentrate and I had an extract. Thought they were the same thing but when I went to the store I found the McCormick concentrate. It worked beautifully."

    bettycrockerjr User ID: 170075 188908
    Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

    "Does it make that much difference if you use a different brand of root beer extract?

    My base did not turn brown like the picture but it did set and tasted great! Maybe I need to add a little more of the root beer flavoring to get the color right...!?"

    class1001 User ID: 1695506 190394
    Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

    "This fudge is awesome! I've made it 5 times already and each and everytime, we can't stop eating it! I took it to a family reunion and heard many yells of "who made this fudge!" and give me the recipe! I did purchase the root beer extract off of Amazon and it gives the same color as the picture! I don't like root beer, but this is a winner!"

    jsmills User ID: 1305266 124306
    Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

    "I was able to get the color and the fudge to set. It was a great root beer flavor and a very rich dessert. A little bite was heaven. It was very easy to make and my kids enjoyed helping."

    MelindaH User ID: 5959954 200746
    Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

    "I'm not sure what happened. This did not work at all. I never achieved the brownish color of root beer and it never set. It tasted terrible and went in the garbage. Not sure what I did or didn't do but this was a waste of time and money."

    Lachecki User ID: 7097088 213560
    Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

    "Tastes good, but would add a bit more rootbeer and vanilla flavor next time. Does not look like picture. Wondering what was used to give it the "rootbeer" color?"

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