This easy vegan fudge recipe is a five-star simple chocolate fudge recipe that’s luscious, and silky smooth. Make this dairy-free fudge today and share it with family, friends, and coworkers. It’s perfect for holiday baking or a sweet treat at any time of the year!
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I thought my fudge-making days were over when we went vegan. Because fudge, it’s made with cream. right? Well, that’s how I grew up making it.
And let me tell you something else. This easy fudge recipe is something you need to make when you’ve got people around to share it with. Or a husband with the metabolism of a horse. Actually, I think horses eat hay, which I can’t imagine is very caloric. So, maybe I’ve been saying that all these years and it’s not entirely accurate. But you get my point.
What I’m trying to say is I don’t trust myself around this easy vegan fudge. It’s too delicious.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Dairy-free chocolate chips add lots of chocolate flavor and a firm texture that makes this fudge so smooth
- Using Sweetened Condensed Milk means this is a no-bake fudge, making this one of the easiest fudge recipes you’ll ever make
- Adding chopped nuts adds texture and a nutty flavor that breaks up the sweetness of the intense chocolate!
What You Need
Here’s all you need for this simple fudge recipe. Are you ready? Do you have your pen handy?
- Chocolate chips — I use dairy-free chocolate chips.
- Sweetened condensed milk — It’s easy to make fudge without milk, especially these days when there are so many dairy-free products, like Nature’s Charms Coconut Sweetened Condensed Milk. Or use this homemade vegan sweetened condensed milk.
- Chopped Nuts — Of course, walnuts are a preferred nut for fudge, but you can try different nuts, like pistachios or pecans.
- Vanilla — A little bit of vanilla extract adds a hint of flavor.
That’s it! Only four ingredients.
How do you Make Vegan Fudge?
- Heat chocolate chips and vegan sweetened condensed milk in the microwave for one minute. Then stir until creamy.
- Stir in the chopped nuts and vanilla.
- Pour the fudge batter into a prepared dish, cover, and chill for 1 to 2 hours until the chocolate is set.
- Once set, remove it from the pan and cut it into square pieces.
The way I look at it, there are a couple of ways to make vegan chocolate fudge recipes. I can follow the instructions from my mom’s cookbook which requires a candy thermometer (ugh), or I can use this simple, easy recipe for fudge that uses sweetened condensed milk.
Both make a delicious vegan fudge, but I keep it simple by using sweetened condensed milk.
Step One: Prepare the Pan
Line a square baking dish with waxed paper. This makes removing the fudge and clean-up so much easier.
Step Two: Melt the Chocolate
This is basically microwave fudge, which is why this recipe is so easy to make! To make it, add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and pour the coconut sweetened condensed milk over the top.
Stir these together to make sure the chocolate chips are coated. Then heat for one minute. Remove from the microwave and cover with a plate to trap in the heat.
Allow the chocolate to sit covered for 1 to 2 two minutes, then remove the plate and stir. The chocolate chips should be melted, but if not, return to the microwave for 30 seconds.
Add the nuts and vanilla and stir to distribute it equally throughout the fudge.
Step Three: Pour, Set, and Slice
Pour the fudge batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it evenly across the plan, leaving swirls of chocolate on the top. Cover and place in the fridge until set, about 2 hours. Remove from the fridge and cut into squares.
Once the chocolate sets, cut the fudge into squares. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep up to 10 days. Or they can be frozen for up to 1 month.
Can vegans eat fudge?
Most fudge recipes are made with dairy and are therefore not vegan. However, if you find a good vegan fudge recipe you can make your own. Or you can find specific brands that make their fudge without dairy. Otherwise, vegans should avoid most fudge.
Is there dairy in fudge?
The simple answer is yes. Most fudge recipes call for dairy, but you can make vegan fudge with dairy-free sweetened condensed milk and dairy-free dark chocolate chips.
Use these tips and tricks to make this chocolate fudge perfect every time:
- For taller chocolate fudge, use a smaller pan and allow more time for the chocolate to set.
- You can line your pan with waxed paper for easy removal once the chocolate sets. Alternatively, a greased pan works too.
Making Gluten-Free Fudge
Most ingredients in fudge are gluten-free. However, some products may not be “certified” gluten-free. That means they may have been made in a facility where gluten ingredients are involved. This is probably fine for most people. However, people with severe allergies should always buy products that are certified gluten-free.
More Vegan Chocolate Recipes
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That’s it for this easy vegan chocolate fudge!
Easy Vegan Fudge
- Line an 8" square or rectangle baking dish with waxed paper, allowing the paper to extend beyond two opposite ends.
- Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the vegan sweetened condensed milk. Stir to make sure the chocolate chips are coated. Heat for one minute in the microwave. Remove from the microwave and place a lid over the bowl for one minute, to allow the chocolate to melt. Stir until creamy.
- Add the chopped nuts and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Pour the fudge batter into the prepared baking dish. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours until the chocolate is set.
- Once set, lift the fudge by the waxed paper out of the dish. Remove the waxed paper from the chocolate and cut it into square pieces.
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