Easiest dairy-free fudge, ever! If you can measure and pour 6 ingredients and then melt them…you are good to go! No thermometer is needed, or worrying about getting it up to a certain temperature. This dairy-free, almost truffle like fudge, can easily be vegan if you use the appropriate marshmallows. Gluten-free and free of the top-8-allergens, this helps more people enjoy this classic Christmas staple.
I think my love of fudge comes from my Grandpa Egbert–who claims he got it from his mom, who was supposedly the finest candy maker in all of the Driggs/Tetonia area. I really wish I had gotten to meet her. I think she would approve of me doing a food blog!
Because my grandpa grew up tasting and “helping” (aka licking the spoon) when his mom made her confections (can you image doing them by hand…and not having a kitchenaid? I don’t know how she did it!) I like to think he had great taste in candy..which I’ll take the liberty of saying he passed down to me. I mean, he was feeding me jelly beans and tootsie rolls from a very young age. He had not one, but two candy dishes in his living room, so you didn’t even have to get up to reach for a piece! It’s really a miracle he made it until this past November at the age of 89 considering the pounds of sugar he must have eaten in his lifetime!
And, he LOVED fudge. My mom would often make him some around Christmas time. She used the recipe off the back of the marshmallow package and it was good. Unfortunately, that is not a recipe I can pass onto my kids. The sweetened condensed milk and butter both have dairy in them, which my son, who has a high anaphylaxis allergy to all things dairy, absolutely cannot eat.
So, he’s literally in grade school and never ONCE had Christmas fudge. I just couldn’t figure out how to get that creamy texture that sweetened condensed milk imparts…until I made my caramel sauce and realized that you could purchase sweetened condensed COCONUT milk. BINGO. I had my missing piece.
I really didn’t know how much my boys would like it, as it’s quite a rich dessert, so I saved a few pieces and packaged up the rest for my husband’s employees. Welp. That was a bad idea. They were begging for more, so I had to make a second batch just for my family. Which, I was secretly so excited about, to share in this wonderful treat as a family. Our first Christmas with allergy-safe fudge…what a great holiday tradition we’ve started!
Even my husband who isn’t a pure chocolate kind of guy loves it because it’s so soft and he says it tastes like a truffle. So, really you can win over any Scrooge with this easy fudge recipe!
So, to my sweet Grandpa that passed a few weeks ago, I’ll make sure your grandkids enjoy fudge, and I’ll think of you when I make it.
And to all of you–I hope that no matter your food allergies, that this can help you enjoy a Christmas candy with your loved ones!
Be sure to watch the video to really see how easy it is to pour and stir and end up with store-quality fudge!
- Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper.
- In a large pot, place all of the ingredients, except the vanilla: chocolate chips, marshmallows, condensed coconut milk, vegan butter and pinch of salt.
- Over low heat (so as not to scorch it) melt the ingredients, stirring constantly.
- Take off the heat, and add in the vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Pour into the prepared 8x8 pan and smooth evenly.
- Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours, or until set.
- Cut and serve. Keep covered, either in the fridge or room temperature (depending on how set you like your fudge) when not pigging out.
Adapted from: the genius Mel
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