Updated Recipe in 2021! Believe it or not, we had two of the Easiest Dairy-Free Fudge recipes posted for fifteen years. So we decided to do some extensive fudge testing, to determine which recipe was truly best, and we have a new winner! This recipe is rich, chocolaty, and perfectly sweet. And it’s easy on even more levels. It takes minutes to make, doesn’t require any candy making skills, and there’s no chocolate melting fuss. Consequently, it’s cheaper to make and even more allergy friendly!
The World’s Easiest Dairy-Free Fudge with Simple Ingredients!
Melted chocolate is often used to make dairy-free and vegan fudge, which can be expensive and a headache if you accidentally overheat it. Not mention, finding allergen-safe chocolate isn’t always easy (many chocolate chip brands are made on shared lines with dairy). But our easiest dairy-free fudge recipe requires no premade chocolate at all! It’s a simple, foolproof heat and stir formula made with naturally dairy-free cocoa powder.
This recipe makes a soft vegan fudge, not a crumbly style one. It’s rich, but still kid-friendly, and has a smooth, alluring finish. If you want a more intense dark chocolate flavor with a slightly firmer set, you can add another tablespoon or two of cocoa powder. Because of how this recipe is made, you can taste test it before pouring it in the dish.
Recipe Prior to 2021: The recipe in the recipe card below is my preferred fudge, which got top marks in all of our tests. The prior “easiest dairy-free fudge” recipe in this post was 8 ounces melted dairy-free chocolate chips, 2/3 cup soymilk or canned coconut milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and optionally, 1/2 cup chopped nuts. That contributed recipe didn’t always set up (more like a thick, delicious spread), but I’m sharing the formula here for those of you who loved that version!
Special Diet Notes: Easiest Dairy-Free Fudge
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Just be sure to choose the buttery sticks and milk beverage or creamer that suit your dietary needs.
- 3½ cups powdered confectioners' sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup dairy-free buttery sticks
- Scant ¼ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage or unsweetened dairy-free creamer
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan or 8x6-inch baking dish with parchment paper. (You can use an 8x8-inch pan for thinner fudge.)
- Sift the sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl.
- Place the butter alternative, milk beverage, vanilla and salt in a double boiler. Heat over simmering water, stirring until melted and combined. Add the sugar and cocoa, and continue to stir until very smooth.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared pan, and quickly even it out (it immediately starts to set.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or freeze for 1 hour to set.
- Lift the fudge block out of your pan using the parchment paper. Cut and store fudge in the refrigerator.
Nut Option: Stir up to 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans in after the sugar and cocoa powder.
Firmer Fudge: If you want a firmer set, you can substitute canned coconut milk for the milk beverage.