Friday, October 26, 2012

Vegan Fudge

If you crave the creamy goodness of fudge but want to pass up on the dairy, try vegan fudge. Making your own vegan fudge is not only simple, but it tastes amazing. It also makes great gifts. Simply pick up some small holiday containers to fill with your vegan fudge. Its hard to beat giving vegan fudge as a gift!

Heres what you need to make vegan fudge:

12 Ounces of Semisweet Chocolate
6 Tablespoons of vegan butter (e.g., Earth Balance)
3.5 cups of confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
½ cup of cocoa powder
¼ cup of nondairy milk (e.g., almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk)
Optional: 1 cup of chopped nuts, or 1 cup of vegan marshmallows

Heres what you need to do:

First, prepare the pan that the fudge will go into once its cooked. Choose an 8-inch square baking pan and lightly grease it with vegan butter. Next, you will need to use a double boiler to melt everything. If you do not have a double boiler you can create your own. Simply take a larger pan, fill it about a quarter of the way with water, and then put a smaller pan inside of it. The fudge will be made in the smaller pan.
Once you have your double boiler set up, add the vegan chocolate bars, confectioners sugar, vanilla, butter, milk, and cocoa powder. Gently keep stirring the mixture around in the pan until it all melts together, keeping the heat on low to medium. Once the mixture is smooth you are ready to add the nuts or marshmallows if you will be using them. Then, pour it evenly into your prepared pan and put it in the refrigerator for three hours. Once it is set you can cut it into small squares. You can keep it in a sealed container for about week, or you can freeze it and pull it out as needed, allowing it to thaw.
            Now that you have the recipe to make vegan fudge you can get creative with it. Try adding in things like dried cranberries, mint, or other things to make different variations.

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