The Best Holiday Fudge Ever, and It Just Happens to be Vegan

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My Sweet Vegan: Five-Minute Fudge RecipeWhat if I told you my absolute favorite homemade fudge of all time contains no dairy whatsoever? What if I told you it even uses everyday pantry ingredients, and takes just minutes to prepare? Now what if I said the version I make is even soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan? Would you believe me? Well, it really is true.

Thanks to creative bakers like Hannah Kaminsky, splurging at the holidays is fast becoming a reality for almost every special diet. From Crustless Sweet Potato Pie to Peppermint Crush Ice Cream, Hannah has a sweet recipe for all occasions in her repertoire.

And of course there is her classic dessert cookbook, My Sweet Vegan; full-color, gorgeous and enticing. From reading other blogger reviews, I can see that MSV recipes like the Golden Glazed Donuts and Triple-Threat Chocolate Cheesecake are foolproof. But I am all about the “gifts from the kitchen.” Bite-sized, sugar-packed treats are the only way to go during the holiday season (or any time of year) in my opinion, and My Sweet Vegan delivers with recipes for Cherry Chocolate Truffles, Flaming Hot Peanut Brittle, Matzah Toffee, Coffee Break Shortbread, and my favorite, the following recipe for Five-Minute Coconut Fudge. Not a fan of coconut? Have no fear; you can simply omit the coconut topping (the coconut milk leaves no flavor trace), and if you wish, trial the ginger, pecan-pumpkin spice, or peppermint fudge variations …

Five-Minute Coconut Fudge

Recipe from My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky

“Rich, thick, and creamy, this fudge is the real stuff. Even the smallest squares will satisfy the most dedicated chocoholics. Plus, it takes mere minutes to whip up, for an instantly gratifying, and heavenly, chocolate treat.”

  • 1 Cup Dairy-Free, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (such as Enjoy Life brand)
  • 3-1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Dairy-Free Margarine (see below for soy-free option)
  • 1/2 Cup Regular Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut, Toasted

Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips, sugar, and cocoa. Separately, place the margarine and coconut milk in a small saucepan, and stir together over medium heat. Cook the mixture until the margarine has melted, and bubbles just begin to break at the surface. Remove it from the stove, and immediately pour over the chocolate mixture. Let everything sit for a couple of minutes, and then stir vigorously to melt the chocolate and incorporate the dry ingredients. Continue stirring until a completely smooth mixture forms. Mix in the vanilla, and quickly pour everything into your prepared pan. Smooth out the top and sprinkle the flaked coconut evenly over the entire exposed surface. Press the coconut gently into the fudge with the palm of your hand. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Makes 32 Small Squares

My Sweet Vegan: Five-Minute Fudge Recipe

Variations:

Soy-Free Fudge: Use Earth Balance Soy-Free Margarine or substitute 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil for the margarine. Many brands of chocolate chips contain soy lecithin. If this is a problem for you, choose a “safe” brand like Enjoy Life Foods.

Ginger Fudge: Omit the flaked coconut, and stir 3/4 cup of minced / finely diced crystalized ginger into the fudge just after the vanilla. The ginger chunks infuse the surrounding fudge with a pleasantly sweet ginger flavor.

My Sweet Vegan: Five-Minute Fudge Recipe

Pecan-Pumpkin Spice Fudge: From Nicole at Another One Bites the Crust, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (depending on how spicy you like it!) with the vanilla extract. Omit the flaked coconut topping, and instead press glazed pecans (easy recipe for the pecans) into the top of the fudge before placing it in the fridge. 

My Sweet Vegan: Five-Minute Fudge Recipe

Peppermint Fudge: Add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract with the vanilla extract and stir in 4 smashed candy canes. Omit the flaked coconut and top the fudge with the crumbs of 5 additional crushed candy canes instead.

My Sweet Vegan: Five-Minute Fudge Recipe

This is a third pary review by Alisa Fleming (author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook). My Sweet Vegan is available to purchase on Amazon.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

98 Comments

  1. Was wondering if it would mess up the recipe if I substituted the vegan margarine with butter? We are not vegan but we are vegetarian. 🙂 I really wanted to make a fudge my daughter could eat since my Grandmother’s recipe calls for marshmallow in the jar. Not only is it filled with chemicals but it has food coloring that my daughter is allergic too. Thanks for posting this recipe! I am excited to try it!

    • I used butter once with great results. Be careful if you are allergic to casein and/or lactose though, as you may actually be reacting badly to the butter, even if you can’t tell at the time, as I unfortunately learned.

  2. Hello–does this have a noticeable coconut flavor? I’m wondering if I can slip it by people who usually turn down coconut desserts. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Just curious if I can use natural cocoa powder versus Dutch processed? We are having a terrible blizzard and I can’t get to the store!

  4. Super easy, yummy, fits my daughters needs perfectly- I made the peppermint version. Used full fat from the can of coconut milk & it’s pretty thick- will try mixing the coconut milk up instead of using the naturally separated fat & see if its a little smoother… Still, good stuff : )

    • Hi Ashley, it probably won’t set up very well. The recipe calls for canned, full-fat coconut milk, which has a consistency of heavy dairy cream. Milk alternatives from a carton are very thin compared to this. You can add more chocolate to help firm it up, but it will be a different recipe at that point, so I can’t totally advise. Sorry!

  5. I have a 9 year old granddaughter, Alyssa, who has never had fudge. She has a severe milk protein allergy. Until this holiday season we have avoided having fudge in the house or eating it around her. A new neighbor made a wonderful batch of fudge and presented it as a Christmas gift…poor Alyssa isn’t able to eat any of it! I am trying this recipe asap! Thank you a thousand times! Merry Christmas!!

    • Rachel, how long did you try to melt them for? Since they are minis, they should melt very quickly and could quickly scorch (turn from melted to clumpy). If using a double broiler, stir continuously. If using the microwave method, cook only in 15 second intervals, stirring vigorously in between.

      for allergen-free melting, the EL chunks or Dream chips are larger and may be easier for melting.

    • To make the chocolate melt, I mix heated coconut milk or cream twice and use more of it. If I pour all in at once, there will be chunks of chocolate in the finished fudge.

  6. This fudge looks deliciously amazing and I have decided that this is the homemade gift I am giving all my relatives this year! I’m at a high altitude, so I’m crossing my fingers that I don’ t have any problems making it set. I am envisioning little boxes filled with a fudge variety. How long does the fudge keep after it is made?

  7. I made 2 batches of this fudge and it is completely soft. What can I do to make it set harder?I don’t want to waste all the ingredients.

    • Sherry, melt a little coconut oil or food grade cocoa butter and stir it in. Either will go nicely and will help to make a firmer fudge. I would use start with about 2 tablespoons (For the double batch) and add more if needed. Make sure you are using full fat canned coconut milk, which is very thick.

  8. Thank you for the post of the 29 Novemver. No, I don’t live in a high altitude area, but thanks for taking the tme to reply. . Perhaps I should be asking what brand of coconut milk I should buy or does it matter?

  9. Ashley Rossell on

    This was so delicious! I was worried that I’d have to forego my usual Christmas fudge since I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy earlier this year. Thanks to this recipe, I won’t miss it at all! I added crushed pecans to my first batch but I can’t wait to try out the peppermint version.

  10. After watching her scrape the bowl clean, I think my wife approves. Thanks for a great recipe. I used pumpkin seeds instead of coconut flakes for Halloween. 🙂

  11. Hi

    Just to let you know. I have now tried this fudge twice, and cannot get it to set as it should. how long does it take to set?. I have even placed it in the fridge overnight and it remains like a soft paste. Don’t think I did anything wrong, as I followed the recipe exactly. Any suggestions.

        • Donna, I wish I could tell you what is going on, but I’ve made this recipe many times myself, and have received dozens of emails from viewers who’ve enjoyed this recipe. Not a one has mentioned trouble with it setting up, and looking at the proportions again, I’m not sure how it wouldn’t set up. Perhaps try reducing the coconut milk in half. That is the only true liquid in the recipe, so the only thing that you could adjust. You can also use coconut oil in place of the margarine, which will make for a firmer fudge. Sorry it didn’t work as is for you!

          • Donna, do you by chance live at high altitude? When I moved to New Mexico I couldn’t get any fudge recipe to set well, ever again. The temps needed to “melt” in the mountains were just different enough that when added to firm ingrdients I ended up with bricks, or mush, depending on how hard I tried to get it right. After a couple of years I just went for cookies and brownies instead of fudge! Wish I had a better answer for you.

  12. Great recipe! I made this tonight for a friend of mine. I’m not Vegan myself but this Fudge is amazing. I forgot the vanilla with this first batch but it still taste yummy. Guess I’ll have to remember it the next time 🙂

  13. I made this fudge today and it is soooo good! Creamy, smooth, and VERY rich and chocolatey. I would never guess it’s made without milk or cream. I’m not vegan so I used butter instead of margarine. I will never mess around with candy thermometers and failed batches of fudge again!

  14. The coconut fudge is wonderful! I got an amazing response from my non vegan friends, who couldn’t believe it was vegan. I also replaced half the margarine with coconut oil, which worked well, and added a little more coconut flavor. So thank you for this recipe!

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