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


What 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. This vegan fudge is a 5 or 10 minute recipe that is positively delicious.

The Best Vegan Fudge Recipe - Fast (10 Minutes!), Easy, and Delicious! Can be gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free too! Includes Coconut, Ginger and Pecan Spice Options

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

Vegan Cashew Crème Pear Tart Recipe (also Gluten-Free!) A delicious sample from Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky.Thanks to creative bakers like Hannah Kaminsky, splurging at the holidays is fast becoming a reality for almost every special diet. From Caramel Sweet Potato Pie to Cookie Butter Pinwheel Cookies, Hannah has a sweet recipe for every occasion in her repertoire. So it comes as no surprise that Hannah has written numerous vegan dessert cookbooks.

This vegan fudge recipe was originally printed in her very first cookbook, My Sweet Vegan. She called it Five-Minute Coconut Fudge.

Hannah recently published the second edition of My Sweet Vegan with a new name. It’s now called Sweet Vegan Treats, but her vegan fudge recipe has remained untouched. It’s perfect as is. However, Hannah couldn’t resist taking new photos to show off this time-tested treat.

The Best Vegan Fudge Recipe - Fast (10 Minutes!), Easy, and Delicious! Can be gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free too! Includes Coconut, Ginger and Pecan Spice Options

Special Diet Notes: The Best Vegan Fudge

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

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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.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: Makes 32 small squares
  • 1 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3½ cups powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ½ cup regular, full-fat canned coconut milk (do NOT substitute dairy-free milk beverage; can sub coconut cream)
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted (optional)
  1. Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Put the coconut milk and buttery spread in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, while stirring, until the buttery spread has melted and bubbles just begin to break at the surface.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and immediately pour the coconut mixture over the chocolate mixture. Let sit for a few minutes to melt the chocolate, and then vigorously stir until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla.
  5. Quickly pour the chocolate mixture into your prepared pan. Smooth out the top and evenly sprinkle it with the toasted coconut (if using). Gently press the coconut into the fudge.
  6. Let the fudge cool completely before cutting it into squares. To hasten the process, you can cover and refrigerate the fudge until set.
Sweet Ginger Option: Omit the coconut topping, but stir ¾ cup of minced crystalized ginger into the fudge just after the vanilla.

Pecan-Pumpkin Spice Option: Whisk 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in with the sugar and cocoa. Omit the flaked coconut topping, and instead press maple-glazed pecans into the top of the fudge before placing it in the fridge.

This recipe is lightly adapted and reprinted with permissions from Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  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.

      • The recipe specifies combining the chips with the powder. I stirred chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder together, then added the butter and milk. If we are meant to melt the chocolate chips, that makes more sense, but the recipe could be clearer.

        • Hi Rachel, I’m sorry for any confusion. You do combined the chips, sugar, and cocoa powder (whisk them together – the chips help to break up any clumps). Then you pour the hot melted ingredients over top, let sit, and then whisk until smooth. This is a safer way to melt chocolate chips without overheating them.

    • 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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