Vegan Fudge Recipe

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!
Easy Vegan Chocolate Fudge!

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.

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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.

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Storage Tips

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.

Marly’s Tips

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.
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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

For even more tasty chocolate recipes, check these out:

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That’s it for this easy vegan chocolate fudge!

A stack of three pieces of vegan fudge sit in front of more pieces.

Easy Vegan Fudge

This is a super-easy vegan fudge recipe. You'll love the silky-smooth chocolate pieces that are perfect for the holidays.
4.5 from 8 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

This fudge will stay fresh on the counter for up to a week if you keep it covered.
It will last longer in the fridge, up to 2 to 3 weeks. And you can even freeze it for up to 2 to 3 months.
You want the fudge to be nice and tall which means using a smaller pan.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

13 Responses to Vegan Fudge Recipe

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    I’m making this weekend! Yum!!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMimie Reply

    This recipe is HEAVEN 🙂 Thank you for sharing

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Mimie! So glad you liked this recipe. I love it too. Those walnuts!!! ❤️

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyM. Reply

    I made this last night….amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKristine Reply

    Wow! So many compliments on this. I am a clutz in the kitchen and this was easy peasy. Thank you. Will be making again-vegans and carnivores loved it.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Kristine! I’m so glad you and your guests loved this vegan fudge! ❤️

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlybryanna Reply

    what a sweet and easy recipe! Do you think a can of coconut milk would be an okay sub for the condensed milk?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Bryanna! Thanks for your sweet comment! I haven’t tried this myself, so I’m just brainstorming with you here. You could use coconut milk, however, you might need to add some sweetness as well. You could go ahead and use the coconut milk and then taste test the fudge batter. Is it sweet enough for you? If not, you can add a little bit of powdered sugar (1/4 cup) and stir that in. Let me know how it goes!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAnishka Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. My vegan husband loves it. I do too. So yummy and so easy.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      So glad you and your hubby like this fudge recipe Anishaka!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCatherine Reply

    This just made my Christmas!!!! Been eating very clean for a year for health reasons (GF, soy free, dairy free, nut free, etc). Just made this fudge and added organic raisins, pumpkin seeds, and shredded coconut! So creamy, so amazing. Next time, straight up peppermint extract! I’m soooo happy I found this recipe! Eating well should include delicious treats! I love how well this recipe turned out!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySteph Reply

    Hello! How could I make this peanut butter? Should I use a powder so it doesn’t add too much oil?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Here’s how I would add peanut butter to this fudge: Make the fudge as directed, including pouring it into the pan. Then make a peanut butter topping by combining 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, and about 1/2 cup vegan butter. Melt this all together and stir it. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the top of the fudge and either leave it as is (like a 2-layer fudge) or use a spoon to swirl the peanut butter throughout the fudge. I hope this is helpful!

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