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Root Beer Float Fudge

Root Beer Float Fudge

Do you like Root Beer Floats? While skyping with my daughter and little grand daughter, she told me about this fudge she  made and even showed me a piece of the candy. No Way! Root Beer Float Fudge!

It was so unique I had to try it myself. It is easy to make, pretty much no fail, so don’t be afraid to try it even if you have never made candy before. This fudge is smooth, creamy and seriously a tad bit addicting. Perfect for a gift or  treat.

Continue on to the following pages for the recipe with plenty of step-by-step tutorial for your success!


Root Beer Fudge 

Option 1 is a light root beer flavored candy. Option 2 is an intense flavored fudge.

You can see from the picture at the TOP, one-third layer of the fudge is white, compared to the picture at the bottom of this post; that the candy is half-and-half white and dark fudge. The difference comes from following option #1 or #2 when making this fabulous candy. #1 is the TOP picture and #2 is the BOTTOM picture.

#1 Option – 


1 tsp. plus ¾ cup real butter, divided

3 cups granulated sugar

5 oz. canned evaporated milk (1 small can)

10-12 oz. white baking chips

7 oz. marshmallow crème

½ tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. root beer concentrate (in with the spices and extracts, used in making homemade root beer)


#2 Option-


1 tsp. plus ¾ cup real butter, divided

3 cups granulated sugar

5 oz. canned evaporated milk (1 small can)

10-12 oz. white baking chips

7 oz. marshmallow crème

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbl. root beer concentrate (in with the spices and extracts, used in making homemade root beer)

 McCormick Root Beer Concentrate, 2-Ounce Unit


Directions: Line an 8×8” or 9×9” baking pan with foil; grease foil with the 1 tsp. butter.Root Beer Fudge In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and ¾ cup butter.Root Beer Fudge Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 4 minutes.Root Beer Fudge Remove pan from the heat.

Stir in the baking chips and marshmallow crème until melted.Root Beer Fudge My recommendations for a nice balance of flavors:

IF using 2 teaspoons Root Beer Concentrate, set aside 1/3 of the white mixture into a bowl, to be the ‘float’ portion of the fudge. Stir in the vanilla.

F using 2 Tablespoons Root Beer Concentrate, set aside 1/2 of the white mixture into a bowl, to be the ‘float’ portion of the fudge. Stir in the vanilla.Root Beer Fudge To the remaining 1/3 OR 1/2 of the mixture (depending on the amount of root beer concentrate you chose to use) stir in the root beer concentrate.Root Beer Fudge Immediately spread into the prepared pan.Root Beer Fudge Working quickly, to the set aside one-third OR one-half of remaining fudge mixture, add in 1-2 Tablespoons of milk.

Just enough to make it spreadable, but not thin or runny.

Pour this mixture on top of the root beer mixture and spread evenly without disturbing the bottom layer.   Root Beer Fudge

Root Beer Fudge Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Using the foil, lift the fudge out of the pan. Remove the foil and cut fudge into 1-inch squares. 

Extra root beer concentrate produces a darker, more rich result as shown belowFudge-2

Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 3 pounds.

Adapted from Taste of Home recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014

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  • I absolutely love Root Beer and have loved root beer floats as a kid, plus had them all throughout my first pregnancy to try to help with nausea. Still love an occasional root beer float here. So, definitely want to try your root beer fudge and thank you to your granddaughter and you, too for sharing here 🙂

  • Carrie,

    My entire family love Root Beer. While we were in Maine this past summer, we were able to see a beer place making Root Beer. We also got to sample it. YUM!
    Thanks for this Root Beer Fudge recipe. I am saving and sharing to try to make it this Christmas. It would make great gifts.

    Diane Roark

  • I can’t wait to make this for my friend. It looks so yummy!!

  • Audrey says:

    Woohoo! another use for that bottle of Root Beer Concentrate I bought and shoved to the back of the cupboard.

    This sounds delicious. Pinned it.

    Found you on Wine’d Down Wednesday.

  • Linda says:

    PINNED. This looks great. Linda Crafts a la mode

  • Kim says:

    I don’t enjoy soda at all, except when it comes to Root Beer floats. There’s just something about the mix of root beer and ice cream that makes it the perfect “special” drink for making every day a little more special. I am so excited to give this fudge a try for the same reason. While I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fudge, I think this flavor would be a little extra special and will be giving it a go this holiday. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I’ve pinned it to my fudge board for my next “baking Saturday.”

  • You come up with some great ideas. This one sounds so delish!! I Root beer floats bring back some great memories. Thanks for sharing.

  • This looks incredible, Carrie. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Think and Make Thursday. I’m planning to feature it as one of my bright ideas this week. Hope to see you back again on Thursday! The party opens at 6 AM ET.

  • Adrian says:

    My girls LOVE root beer! Pinned it for them to make. Thanks Carrie!

  • Jess says:

    This sounds delicious!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Yum! I know a few little boys in my house who love anything that’s root beer flavored…this would be a huge hit! Pinned and tweeted. 🙂

  • Erlene says:

    Oh my goodness this sounds wonderful. Pinning and will definitely be trying this recipe out. I love rootbeer 🙂

  • wow this looks so good, I pinned it right away! thanks for the recipe

  • Oooh Carrie this looks so yummy! I’ve never been great at making fudge but I will have to give this a try.
    Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Adrian says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party Carrie! It’s still on my to-do list with the girls:) Maybe we’ll have time this weekend after making Halloween costumes!

  • Anna and Melissa says:

    Made this on a whim…. the recipe says 2 teaspoons of root beer extract and it did not give it the color or flavor! On a last minute whim, we stirred the extract quickly into the top layer of chocolate that was cooling. It turned out alright, but was not awesome.

    • Anna and Melissa says:

      Correction- we did use concentrate, not extract… your recipe’s proportion might be off.

      • Anna and Melissa, I am so sorry your fudge did not work out as you hoped. I checked the ingredients and they are correct; however, I apologize that you used your time and ingredients and didn’t have the result you hoped for. Please let me know if you find a better recipe and I’d LOVE to try it. Thank you for letting me know and I do hope you will visit often. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  • Vivian T says:

    I just started making fudge when I came across this recipe (found you on pinterest). I had the same problem as Anna and Melissa. I made sure I used concentrate, but the flavor was light and the color was white. I looked over your pictures and don’t see where I went wrong. Every picture matched mine except for the chocolate coloring in the final stage. Is it really teaspoon? I might try again and use Tablespoons, hope it works. Will try to remember to let you know how that goes when I do it. If you have any advise of what might have gone wrong on my end, PLEASE let me know. I think this will be an excellent recipe if I can master it. Any advise is welcome.

  • I’m trying to figure out how to go from 1/2 the mixture set aside, to 1/3 for the “ice cream” part… can you explain?

  • I made this (the tablespoon version) as part of a trio of fudge recipes for a dinner party this evening. I loved how it turned out, and it seemed to be a popular favorite.

  • Red says:

    Hi i made this fudge tonight and it did not turn the color of yours, the 2TB rootbeer concentrate variety. I even added more than that and not even close to brown like yours. And it didnt taste as rooty as i thought it would. We’ll see how it is when it cools. I ended up just making it marble because there wasnt much difference in the color of both layers.

  • Jill says:

    We made this tonight and it turned out great. We made it with the higher flavor amounts. It definitely tastes like a root beer float. The only problem that I had was that when I put the white layer on top, it was kind of sinking in to the brown layer. I ended up using a butter knife to marble the top. The bottom half or so is still all brown and it still looks good, just not exactly like yours. If I knew how to add pictures I would add a picture of how it turned out. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Hello Jill, I’m so glad you gave the RootBeer Fudge a try, it is really unique and so good. I’m not sure why it didn’t set up thicker on the top, but what a clever gal you are to swirl it and I’ll bet it was even more appetizing and gourmet looking than mine that way. You’re a genius:) Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know how it turned out and hope you come back to visit often!

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