Dairy-Free and Vegan Fudge

Homemade dairy-free vegan fudge

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Chill: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Yields: 24 pieces
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
140 Calories
5g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 140
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Homemade dairy-free and vegan fudge is so delicious and not to mention easy to make. There's a secret that not too many people know about making homemade vegan fudge: it's actually quite a bit easier to make vegan fudge than it is to make regular fudge. There are fewer variables in making this dairy-free candy which means that there are fewer opportunities for something to go wrong. And that means that this simple vegan fudge, made from just five simple ingredients, is just about foolproof. 

This chocolate fudge may be deceptively simple, but the end result is absolutely delicious. Even though it's a vegan recipe, that doesn't mean it's healthy. It is fudge after all, and the main ingredients are margarine, sugar, and chocolate. This fudge recipe is also completely gluten-free. The walnuts are optional and can be swapped for pecans or almonds.

This homemade vegan chocolate fudge recipe is reprinted with permission from The Compassionate Cook Cookbook


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. First, lightly grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan using a little bit of the vegan margarine.

  3. Place the rest of the vegan margarine, the sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and the soy milk in a heatproof mixing bowl or the upper part of a double boiler. Place the bowl or boiler over simmering water and stir until the vegan margarine is fully melted and the mixture is completely smooth.

  4. Add the chopped nuts if you're using them, gently folding them into the mixture just until well combined.

  5. Pour the mixture quickly into the prepared loaf pan.

  6. Place your vegan fudge in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled. Be patient at this step, and plan on at least 2 hours for your fudge to fully chill and set.

  7. Once your fudge is firm and fully chilled, remove from the refrigerator and carefully slice into 1-inch bite-sized squares. For a cleaner slice, you can also place your fudge in the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes just before slicing. 


  • Vegan margarine is an essential ingredient for this recipe and vegan cooking and baking. You can find it in the dairy aisle of most grocery stores. It will likely be near the butter and regular margarine.
  • We recommend using vegan butter in stick form. Try a brand like Earth Balance for this recipe.
  • The mixture can also be melted in the microwave instead of using a double boiler. Stir every 30 seconds and only microwave the mixture until everything is melted.
  • Store leftover fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.