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Really Nice Dairy Free Fudge
Really Nice Dairy Free Fudge

Gluten Free Dairy Free Fudge

Some really nice dairy-free fudge.

Gluten Free Dairy Free FudgeI made it for you.

I dare you to miss the dairy. I dare you.

Really Nice Dairy Free Fudge
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 16
Gluten-free, Dairy-free Fudge made with homemade sweetened condensed dairy-free milk, peanut butter optional
  • 2 cans coconut milk (regular, not low fat)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter (optional)
  1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with crisscrossed sheets of parchment paper that overhang the sides. These will be your handles when you are ready to remove the fudge from the pan once it’s set.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the coconut milk and sugar to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture is reduced by about half, and the milk is thick and has begun to turn light amber in color as the sugars begin to caramelize (about 10 minutes of constant stirring). While it is reducing, the milk will bubble quite a lot, but will not overflow as long as you keep stirring. Once it is done, remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Add the chocolate, vanilla and salt to the saucepan, and stir vigorously until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the (optional) peanut butter to the mixture, and stir until well-combined.
  4. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and shake until the fudge is spread evenly and bang the pan flat on the table a couple times to ensure that there are no trapped air bubbles.
  5. Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill until set, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Once the fudge seems to be set, remove it from the pan using the overhanging sheets of parchment paper and slice it with a large wet knife into 16 pieces.
  6. Serve chilled.

You can, of course, substitute 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk for the coconut milk and 1/2 cup sugar.

Me (major dairy lover, major lover of this fudge)


  • Em Apperley on Facebook

    Oh yeh, SO going to try that :)

  • http://tastyeatsathome.com Alta

    This looks great. I’m a big fan of coconut milk as a sub in lots of normally dairy-full recipes.

    • Nicole

      Hi, Alta,
      I was on a dairy-free bender, since I was already making dairy-free truffles for Living Without Mag. My very wrong husband doesn’t really care for coconut, so I don’t bake with it as much as I’d like to, but even he can’t taste it in this recipe. I’m a coconut milk fan, too. :)
      xoxo Nicole

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  • Sarah D

    How exciting to know how to make sweetened condensed milk dairy free! Now I can make your granola bar and dolly bar recipes for my dairy free kiddo. We love coconut milk here and I put it in everything including curry. Yum!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Sarah,
      Always nice to hear from you. I hadn’t given too much thought to dairy-free baking for quite a while, ever since we were able to add dairy back for my son’s diet over 5 years ago. I found dairy-free to be so onerous, much more so than gluten-free, so I was happy to just be done with it. But recently, I’ve been experimenting more, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with recipes like this — it really does taste & look like sweetened condensed milk. I’ve been emboldened! More to come… :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Sandy Munn on Facebook

    I haven’t had fudge for a LONG TIME!

  • http://www.hippiebydefault.blogspot.com Valerie

    Oh, yum! The no-diary thing IS hard! I miss cooking with real butter- the vegan stuff does in a pinch, but just doesn’t cut it when you are making BUTTERcream icing. I will be consoling myself in the corner with this delicious fudge if you need me… ;)

    • Nicole

      Hi, Valerie,
      Dairy free is so very difficult. We did it for a few years in the beginning, and I found it much, much harder than gluten-free ever has been. The substitutes are often, well, weird. But this does nicely.
      I hope your blog is doing well!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Sharon

    Thank you so much!!!! We are just starting out on the dairy free addition (or subtraction) to our household (3 celiacs – one now appears to have dairy issues as well), and I’m trying to figure out how to make that work without her feeling deprived…. thank you again!!!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Sharon,
      You bet. Dairy issues can be hard, and you’re right. It’s so important that no one feel deprived. That leads to all sorts of unhappy things. Glad to help! :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kat Azevedo on Facebook

    I was soo excited to make this today but had an airhead moment and burnt the chocolate (you know when it goes all crumbly and dry) :( So I added the PB anyway and it reminded me of those chocolate & PB no bake cookie balls I loved as a kid. I’m going to go with that and see if DH and DS give me a thumbs up on my disaster. Otherwise, I’ll be eating it by myself…

  • Peggy

    I will need to try these this week & maybe make enough to take to my UFO (unfinished objects-quilting related) night Friday! Maybe make one without peanutbutter & one with. It’s great when we can accommodate other dietary needs! Thanks Nicole…so hope you can feel the love! lol

    • Nicole

      Hi, Peggy!
      From you? Of course I feel the love! Have fun at UFO night. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kadren

    I’ve been reading all the comments and see that people find it very difficult to go dairy free. We have been dairy free in our house for almost 8 years and honestly, I never thought it was a big deal. It’s funny how we all look at things differently. I found it much harder to do GF than DF. I wonder if it is because of what we are used to? I grew up mostly DF until I was 8 or 10, so I was already familiar with it and not daunted by it at all. Going GF on the other hand, required a great deal of research and learning since I have to avoid rice, soy, and oats. It’s very strange, but my daughter doesn’t have an issue with the actual gluten, it’s something else in all of those grains. So that meant that there wasn’t anything pre-made out there that she could eat. When she was diagnosed, the only thing I could buy for her in the store besides some fresh fruits and vegetables, was Fritos Corn chips. Talk about being helpless! I am so happy that almost 5 years later there is this wonderful blog to help people not only have wonderful tasting food, but great information, too!!! Thank you, Nicole!!!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Kadren,
      I agree that what is easiest is what is familiar. And I think what got me most about dairy free was the lack of a really good dairy-free cheese clone. There is no real substitute for actual cheese. :(
      xoxo Nicole

  • Judy Ameigh Grover on Facebook

    printed it off ty

  • Johanna B

    Can’t wait to make this. I love peanut butter in fudge.

    • Nicole

      Me too, Johanna. It’s like a secret peanut butter cup. Without the cup. Or something. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Nicole

    Yes. Yes, it would, Naomi. And it’s totally legal, and I am not here to judge :)
    xoxo Nicole

  • Tracy Kline-Heusinkveld on Facebook

    Will have to give this recipe a try. Glad to see that the peanut butter is optional…saves having to substitute it. Though I suppose SunButter would work….cannot wait to give this a try though!

  • LaNora Workman on Facebook

    Thank you for the recipe. My daughter is so limited on goodies. soy free, dairy free, gluten free. This will be a nice surprise for her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeKitchens Gluten Free Kitchens on Facebook

    Looking forward to giving this a try

  • abby

    Is canned coconut milk the same as the tetra-pak coconut milk??? Or is the canned stuff more condensed and thicker?


    • Nicole

      Hi, Abby,
      I am fairly certain you’re referring to coconut milk that is meant to drink. Canned coconut milk is completely different. When it’s full fat (NOT low fat), it is quite thick, yes. Low fat canned coconut milk (which you don’t want to use) is quite similar to the coconut milk meant for drinking.
      I hope that’s helpful.
      xoxo Nicole

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  • Beth Jenkins Jones on Facebook

    Would it work with the light coconut milk? That is all I have at the moment….Looks soooo goood!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.linnplocher Susan Linn Plocher on Facebook

    I remember this post…this is the one you posted about being able to use the cream part as a way to make DF sweetened condensed milk! Love it! Really it’s a “twofer” recipe! :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/gfshoestring Gluten Free on a Shoestring on Facebook

    Hi, Beth. It wouldn’t! Light coconut milk cannot mimic cream. So sorry!

  • Mindy Teichman Waizer on Facebook

    My husband has made this for company a few times and it’s always a tremendous success. So rich you only need a small piece. Amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gfshoestring Gluten Free on a Shoestring on Facebook

    Nope, Dana. It doesn’t. My husband doesn’t like coconut but he loves this fudge. He also loves my dairy-free egg nog, which is made with coconut milk, too, in place of cream.

  • Heather Jay Collingridge on Facebook

    Thank you! I bought the cans and going to attempt to make it today! @ Susan – Thanks for the tip, I did not realize that and have been using my “drinking” coconut milk in recipes.

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