Sometimes great things are born of mistakes — like fudge. There are two tales of how fudge was created, both involving mistakes. One story says fudge was the result of overcooking caramel and another says it came from heating toffee at the wrong temperature. Perhaps that’s why we say we “fudge” something when we mess up. Either way, we think fudge is a beautiful mistake and on May 12th, we celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day.
Fudge is what happens when you combine sugar, butter, and milk and cook it until it’s thick, rich, and delicious. Some people love chewy fudge while others prefer crunchy, grainy fudge. At One Green Planet, we love all fudge.
Chocolate is the most popular type of fudge, but other ingredients, including nut butters, fruit, and nuts are also tasty. When it comes to nuts, pecans and walnuts are the two most commonly used but don’t leave out hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, or macadamia nuts. Check out these 20 Vegan Fudge Recipes that are decadent and oh, so good. To celebrate even more, here are 12 ooey, gooey, chewy, and nutty fudge recipes you’ll love.
1. Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge
There’s no need to have coffee with your fudge when you can have it in your fudge. This Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge is moist, gooey, and delicious. The espresso makes it rich with deep flavor while the hazelnuts add a salty crunch. One bite of this fudge and you’ll be in chocolatey, nutty, coffee heaven.
2. Five-Ingredient Tahini Fudge
If you’re Team Creamy when it comes to fudge, you’ll love this Five-Ingredient Tahini Fudge. This rich, chocolatey fudge is made creamy, thanks to tahini, while Medjool dates add natural sweetness and a slightly gooey texture. It’s the perfect evening snack when enjoyed with a cup of your favorite tea!
3. Raw Peanut Butter and Carob Fudge
This Raw Peanut Butter and Carob Fudge is two layers of deliciousness: a crumbly peanut butter layer and a rich carob layer. Making traditional fudge is a heavily involved process that requires the use of candy thermometers, saucepans, and stoves, but for this fudge, all you do is melt it, stir it, and pop it in the refrigerator to set! It’s both perfectly simple and perfectly delicious.
4. No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge
If you’re a major peanut butter lover, this No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge is everything you could want in a dessert. It’s smooth, velvety, and requires no cooking. Made with chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, a dash of salt, a wink of vanilla, and just enough coconut oil to hold it all together, this dessert is the perfect indulgence for any time.
5. Almond Butter Fudge
This Almond Butter Fudge is like a healthier, nuttier version of fudge. It’s quick, it’s easy, and the ingredients really aren’t all that unique so if you’ve been playing with raw food or raw desserts, then you likely already have all these ingredients in your kitchen.
6. Besan Barfi (Date and Chickpea Fudge)
Whip up a batch of Indian fudge with this Besan Barfi. The besan or chickpea flour gives the fudge a nutty flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture while the dates add natural sweetness. You can also throw in a handful of nuts such as pistachios, almonds, or cashews for an added burst of crunchy texture.
7. Pomegranate and Pistachio Chocolate Fudge
Not only is this Pomegranate and Pistachio Chocolate Fudge delicious, it’s also bursting with crunch and color. Pomegranate seeds, pistachios, chocolate, peanut butter, and a hint of orange make for an unbelievable flavor and texture combination. When you bite into this fudge, the juice from pomegranate seeds burst open with their natural sweetness, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients. Seriously, prepare to have this fudge rock your world.
8. Almond Butter Cranberry Fudge Bites
These Almond Butter Cranberry Fudge Bites are about to become your new favorite snack. You can use store-bought almond butter but making your own makes this treat extra-special. The dried cranberries add a chewy texture to this decadent dessert.
9. Orange and Almond Tahini Fudge Cups
Who says fudge has to come in big blocks of chocolate? These Orange and Almond Tahini Fudge Cups go a different route. These are cute little cups that you can devour slowly and indulgently. With bright orange flavor and creamy tahini, these fudge cups are rewriting the rules about fudge.
10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge
You are only four ingredients away from biting into this Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge and saying, “Yum!” It’s rich, decadent, and chewy with vegan marshmallows. Plus, there’s no baking, no mess, no fuss and hardly any clean-up. Could life get any better?
11. Coffee Hazelnut Fudge
If you’re a fan of vanilla fudge sundaes and coffee caramel candy, hold on to your hats, because those two treats are coming together in 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!
12. Pumpkin and Pecan Fudge
Put away your candy thermometer because you won’t need it to make this Pumpkin and Pecan Fudge. All you have to do is mix and stir and you’ll be eating in no time. This fudge has the smooth texture of traditional fudge but is packed with crunchy bits of pumpkin seeds and pecans. Yum!
Make no mistake about it — these fudge recipes are all ooey, gooey, chewy, crunchy, nutty, dairy-free, and delicious.
Lead image source: Five-Ingredient Tahini Fudge