Monday, December 23, 2013

Classic Fudge... Rich and Irresistible with Dairy-Free and #Vegan Option

Classic Fudge with Dairy-free and Vegan Option

Fudge... another holiday classic.  Luscious, rich, and melt in your mouth fabulous, can you imagine receiving a plate and not being able to eat it?

Such is the case with my teenage son.  Years ago lactose intolerance hit with a vengeance and a decadent taste of dairy-filled fudge was no longer an option.  He rarely complains, and accepts his dairy-free life with a positive attitude, but the holidays are often difficult as treats that used to be favorites arrive on festive plates he can't touch.

This year after we received a gift plate overflowing with the chocolate confection, he dejectedly turned and walked away.  Knowing how much he wanted a piece I did a bit of research and put together a version that soon had him swooning.

Using alternative butter and almond milk combined with cocoa powder, this version brings that same luscious mouth-feel and a rich chocolate flavor that melts nicely on the tongue and has you reaching for seconds when no one is looking.

The smile spreading across his face followed by a rare hug and a simple "I love you, Mom.", had my already full heart growing three sizes in just that moment.

From all of us here at Liv Life, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with health, adventure and food that makes you swoon.

Classic Fudge with Dairy-free and Vegan Option

Classic Fudge - Dairy Free and Vegan option
While actually dairy-free and vegan, no one will know the difference from your regular recipe!  And perhaps a little healthier than those made with heavy cream and real butter, this version allows reduced guilt seconds... and thirds.
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6 Tbs butter alternative (we use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks) or real butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk

Line a baking dish with foil or waxed paper, allowing the foil or waxed paper to hang over the sides for easy removal (my pan is 6 x 8 in size).  Spray with a small amount of cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter alternative (or real butter if your prefer).  When melted, add the remaining ingredients. Whisk until smooth, then quickly pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Chill for a few hours.

Remove pan from fridge, then pulling on the sides of the foil or waxed paper, pull the fudge from the pan.  Carefully peel the foil or waxed paper from the fudge, then cut into small pieces, or alternatively, use a cookie cutter to make shapes.

Liv Life Note:  For sharp, clean cuts, run your sharp knife under hot water, then dry with a paper towel.  Cut, then clean with the paper towel after each cut.  Re-warm the knife as needed.  

Classic Fudge with Dairy-free and Vegan Option


  1. That is definitely a perfect looking fudge, can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Thanks Happy Valley Chow!! We are making our second batch in 24 hours today...!!

  2. Such a sweet mama! But I already knew that. :-) I am sure he appreciated both the fudge and the effort you put into making this recipe. Merry Christmas my friend! I hope you get to enjoy your family this Christmas!

  3. Would this work with coconut milk? I prefer the taste of coconut milk so always have that on hand over almond. I have everything on hand and could make this and feed my brother to prove non-dairy is tasty.

  4. Thank you (and your son :-) for this yummy recipe!! I do love fudge, although I rarely make it (which is probably a good thing not to keep it around the house :-) I hope you and your family have a very merry sunny San Diego Christmas! xo

  5. I'd never think to make dairy-free fudge - what a treat! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family Kim!

  6. At this point in our gluttonous holiday extravaganza I hope I don't see another piece of fudge until December 2104. And, when I do, I hope it is this recipe. :) Happy holidays!

  7. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Kim. You're such a good mom, I know your son love this fudge that you made specially for him. Wishing you a blessed and happy New Year.

  8. A perfect post for the holidays! Nothing beats homemade fudge! :)


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