If you’re craving something that’s rich, decadent, and easy to make, there’s really only one option – fudge. But while this decadent dessert has earned a place in our hearts, fudge is a relatively recent innovation in the dessert world.
The word “fudge” existed American lexicon before the actual dessert. When something had gone wrong it was “fudged,” and so the first batch of fudge was, most likely, made accidentally – and what a happy accident! Fudge emerged in America in the late 1800’s and after that, its popularity spread like wildfire. Today, fudge is enjoyed around the world by children and adults alike. Traditionally, fudge is made with cream, sugar, and whatever additional flavors the confectioner wishes to add, but (as with everything else) vegan chefs have updated and improved on this classic candy.
Whether you like a smooth and creamy fudge or a rich and crumbly one, there’s one thing we an all agree one – fudge is completely amazing. On top of its iconic texture, fudge is a sweet staple because it’s incredibly easy to make and can be surprisingly healthy (if you want it to be)! And since it’s June 16th, National Fudge Day, we’ve decided to throw together some of our most mouthwatering, outlandishly creative, dangerously decadent fudge recipes for your enjoyment.
Get ready for this easy to make, One-Dish Raw Coconut Milk Fudge! Cacao paste, coconut milk, and coconut sugar are combined in a glass pan and dehydrated until delicious and melty, then cooled into decadent, creamy fudge. The cacao is so rich you’ll barely taste coconut flavor — it still tastes exactly like sweetened milk chocolate fudge.
This Açaí, Vanilla, and Almond Butter Fudge has layer upon layer of delightful flavors. The squares start off with a rich, almond butter fudge which is followed by a silky-smooth layer of vanilla, then a velvety layer of açaí, and finished with a homemade chocolate topping.
Peanut butter and jelly — a magical combo that reminds most people of their childhood. These Peanut Butter and Jelly Fudge Bites are a twist on the classic sandwich, made with a handful of wholesome ingredients and no refined sugar. You can substitute the peanut butter with almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butter of your choice.
This delicious healthy Russian Tahini Fudge takes tahini, adds a dash of sweetness, some vanilla, a helping of sea salt, and voila, fudgy goodness is yours. This is based on a classic New Zealand sweet that is traditionally made from condensed milk, butter, and refined sugar. If you’ve got a spare five minutes, grab yourself a bowl and try these little morsels out. Sprinkle over your favorite toppings, brew yourself a cup of tea, and you’ve got a delicious afternoon tea treat, without the fuss.
Peanut butter on top of peanut butter! Can you think of anything better? Get this — these Double Peanut Butter Protein Fudge bars are only made with eight ingredients total! Once you sink your teeth into one of these peanut butter protein fudge bars, you’ll never look back.
Everyone needs a fuss-free, no-bake dessert up their sleeve, and if raspberries are involved well all the better right? For this Persimmon Raspberry Fudge With Turmeric, all you need is 10 minutes of blending time and the refrigerator – it’s that easy. It’s the kind of dessert that’s made for busy days and last minute sweet cravings. Here’s the real victory: even though it’s, it’s full of wholesome ingredients like sunflower seeds, dates, persimmons, raspberry, and spices.
This Healthy Chocolate Avocado Fudge has some true beauty foods in it: avocado, coconut, and dark chocolate. Yes, a healthy moderation of dark chocolate is good for you. Dark chocolate is less processed than lower percentage chocolates and the cocoa solids contain healthy compounds called flavonols. These have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Beans in fudge? Yes, and this Chickpea Almond Butter Freezer Fudge With Black Bean Chocolate Swirl tastes amazing! It has a base of chickpeas and almond butter and a chocolate fudge swirl made from black beans. They’re so good, you would never guess you’re eating beans! These simple treats are perfect for potlucks; they’re gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, and ready in a pinch.
This delicious no-bake, Toasted Coconut Fudge only takes 10 minutes to make! Simply pulse coconut flakes along with maple syrup, vanilla extract, cacao butter and a couple of other ingredients, until it becomes a thick paste. After a few hours in the freezer, this fudge is ready to be sliced and enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.
You shouldn’t have to spend hours in front of the stove to make something delicious. A delectable dessert can be easy better for you – at least this 5-Ingreditent Quinoa Fudge is! It’s quick. It’s easy. It only takes 5 ingredients. No boiling. No waiting for sugar to caramelize. And yet still incredibly tasty.
This Salted Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is ridiculously easy and results in the tiniest, most satisfying fudge bites ever! Simply blend peanut butter with soaked cashews to create a thick, creamy paste, and then load it up into silicone molds – fun shapes not required but highly encouraged! A couple of hours in the freezer later, and you’ve got yourself some dense, decadent bites that are not only delicious but good for you!
This Sweet Potato Chocolate Tahini Fudge is so quick and easy to make, it’s ridiculous! Steam the sweet potato, blend all ingredients together, and set! It’s that simple! It’s decadent, it’s delicious, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. Sweet potato, tahini, and chocolate marry perfectly together and the fudgy result is total bliss.
Buckeyes are a classic Ohioan dessert named for its resemblance to the nut of the state tree: the Ohio buckeye. It consists of peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate, leaving some peanut butter visible. This version swaps out the traditional cream used to make fudge with coconut oil. It takes just two steps to make these chocolatey, peanut buttery delights, so they’re easy to whip up for a party or for a quick snack at home.
Most dairy-free fudge recipes make use of coconut oil, but this fudge is completely oil-free! Dates and raisins take its place and hold everything together while still creating a fudge that’s creamy and fudgy. In addition to fruit, this Raw Date, Oat, and Almond Fudge Crunch is loaded with oats and crunchy nuts. Try mixing in other ingredients, like shredded coconut, cranberries, pistachios, or anything that suits your fancy.
Imagine vanilla ice cream sundae with fudge sauce and caramelized nuts and then add some coffee caramel candy too – then you’ve got this Coffee Hazelnut Fudge! One warning though – if you like sweet caramel desserts, you’d better make a double batch of these because they’ll be gone before you know it.
O.K. it’s time to start cooking and don’t fudge up these recipes – or do, it seems to have worked out well in the past!
Image source: Raw Date, Oat, and Almond Fudge Crunch