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.
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 - 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.
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
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.