Dairy-Free Fudge (That Honestly Tastes like Real Fudge!)
I cannot tell you how many dairy-free fudge recipes I have tried, that have turned into a soupy, grainy mess. Having spent my entire childhood able to eat my grandma’s delicious fudge (with dairy), it was crushing when I realized that her fudge was something else my allergies and sensitivities were taking away. Since then, I have tried numerous fudge recipes that claim to keep the consistency, and taste just the same as fudge made with dairy.
This year, I decided to stop trying recipes that I had found online, and instead experiment until I made it right. I am SO happy to say that I now have the perfect fudge recipe – that everyone was able to enjoy over the holidays.
The key ingredient to this recipe is the evaporated coconut milk, which I found at my local Sprouts Market. I had actually asked my hubby to run to the store to pick up coconut cream for another recipe, and he mistakingly picked this up. After a little argument, to which I owed him a big apology (sorry again, love!), I realized this can might actually come in handy…and now here we are 🙂
For the other dairy-free ingredients, I used my favorite semi-sweet chocolate chips from Trader Joe’s (which happen to be dairy-free), along with Earth Balance Buttery Spread (original) as the substitute for butter.
I could tell when I was pouring the fudge out into the pan that it was already beginning to harden, and would not stay as a sloppy mush.
I recommend putting the fudge in the fridge for about an hour, so it can cool and set.
Marshmallows are (of course) optional – but this is how my grandma makes her fudge, and it is the only way I will eat it!
Caity, I just made your delicious fudge recipe! Thank you so much for bringing amazing fudge back to my holiday table! Just as you wrote, I could see it would set up beautifully. For those trying the recipe, use at least a 3 quart pot, probably 4 quart would be better.
Thank you so much – I’m so glad you are able to enjoy fudge again! And yes good tip 🙂
I’m delighted you found away to enjoy fudge. By the way yours looks better than mine!! From now on it’s Coconut me like for me too. Guess who?