In my family, there is a “battle” that rages over nuts vs. no nuts in chocolate fudge (and chocolate chip cookies, for that matter.) However, since I am the cook, the default version of chocolate fudge out of my kitchen contains walnuts. (My daughter, the texture queen, omits them from her kitchen.) Nuts add a small measure of health to a not-particularly-healthy food, and besides…I prefer the taste and texture of the fudge with them. 😉 To be honest, nobody has refused to eat it with the nuts yet. (Although, I believe there has been some surreptitious trading of chocolate vs. peanut butter fudge going on from Christmas stockings in the past.)
This particular recipe I have been making for 12 years. I have the date at the bottom of the page I printed off those many years ago. Honestly, it feels like it should be longer than that! What did I do for fudge before then? The webpage address was no longer correct, but I did find the original after some searching. I want to give credit where it is due. I have written things differently and changed the amount of nuts used. Here is the link to the original on VegWeb: Easy Fudge
Update: Since I wanted to make this fudge while visiting my son, which happened to be over Valentine’s Day, I discovered something. You don’t have to use a double boiler or a bowl set on top of a pan of boiling water! You can melt the “butter” in the microwave (carefully!) and then stir in the soymilk. Heat it for a few more seconds. Stir in the vanilla and then the dry ingredients. SO easy! No more double boiler for me!
- 6 T. Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks
- 1+ tsp. vanilla (you can’t go wrong with extra!)
- 1/4 c. non-dairy milk (I use Silk vanilla soy)
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder, sifted (use a small wire mesh strainer if you don’t own a sifter)
- 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar, sifted (use powdered evaporated cane juice crystals to be completely, truly vegan)
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts (oh, all right…optional)
Have ready a 5″x9″, or 8″x8″, or even a somewhat smaller pan, preferably glass or ceramic, as the fudge doesn’t stick to it ~ or double the recipe and use a 9″x13″ cake pan, or a smaller lasagna pan. Different pans will make thicker or thinner pieces of fudge. If you must use a metal pan, you might want to line it clear up the sides with waxed or parchment paper so that you can just lift it out of the pan to cut it, especially if it has a non-stick coating that you don’t want to mar with the knife.
In the top of a double boiler or in a metal bowl placed over boiling/simmering water in a regular pot, melt the “butter.” When it is completely melted, add the non-dairy milk and vanilla. Stir in the cocoa powder, followed by the powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Add nuts; stir until well distributed. Take the pan or bowl off of the boiling water and wipe the bottom of it off on a towel or dishcloth lying on the sink edge or counter so that no boiling water drips on you or into the fudge pan. Scrape into pan and smooth out to the edges with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and chill thoroughly. (It is easier to cut into pieces if you do so before it firms up completely.) Must be refrigerated. For storage more than a day or two, keep in an air-tight container.
Don’t forget to call your children or grandchildren to lick off the spoon, spatula, and bowl…and I promise I won’t tell if you call them so very, very quietly that you end up taking care of the job yourself! 😉