Dairy-free Chocolate Fudge

½ cup soya milk
1¼ cups sugar
60g dairy-free margarine
½ cup plain chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the soya milk and sugar in a large pan over a medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent curdling. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 7 minutes. Keep an eye on the pan at all times and stir frequently.

Remove from the heat; immediately add the margarine, chocolate, and vanilla. Stir until the margarine and chocolate chips have melted, then beat for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into an oiled 20cm x 20cm dish (or a a smaller dish for thicker pieces). Refrigerate overnight, then cut into squares.

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I would never have believed that fudge could be dairy free - I thought it had to use real butter in order to set properly. I also thought that all the ingredients had to be taken to very high temperature in order for the chemistry to work. In this, it's only the soya milk and sugar which are boiled to high temperature - but of course it's the sugar which is significant, as its structure changes when heated in this way.

My (adult) son is mostly dairy-free, since he gets glue ear if he has any cow's milk products, and he loves fudge. So I tried this recipe, not expecting very much. I was impressed that it did set to give the consistency of fudge, and it's delicious! Next time we will add the grated rind of an orange, to make chocolate-orange dairy-free fudge.

Note: as someone mentioned in the comments, it's important to check ingredients in anything you buy. If you are allergic to dairy products (as opposed to simply cutting down) then obviously it's important to make sure there is no trace of dairy in the margarine and the chocolate chips. Using plain (semi-sweet) chips should be all right, but apparently some brands do contain some milk products. If so, perhaps carob chips would work instead; I haven't tried them but many people use them regularly as substitutes for chocolate.

Incidentally, the measurements in the ingredients are a slightly odd mixture. The cups are American cups (8 fluid ounces). But I can't measure margarine in cups; it's too messy. So I translated the original - which was probably 2 ounces, or half a stick - to 60g, as that's what my kitchen scales measure. However I left everything else in cups as it's simple to do and I have a full set of American measuring cups.

(I found this recipe online, when searching for dairy-free recipes. I made a note of it so I could try it - but, alas, have lost the reference. If it's your recipe, please let me know in the comments, and I'll link to the site where I found it)


Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Thanks for the recipe shared here. Do you have recipe how to make chocolate bar such as cadburry's, please?
I love cooking too, and would like to take an events if there is any here. I live in Nicosia.

Meredith said...

That looks like a great recipe, of course I love chocolet fudge.

pearl said...

It looks so yummy. I'll make chocolate fudge too one of these days. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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pwg said...

It seems to me if you are using standard chocolate chips, that they contain dairy. is this not true?

Sue said...

if you used milk chocolate chips, then yes - they would contain dairy products. But the recipe is for plain chocolate chips, which are generally dairy-free. Obviously it's a good thing to read the ingredients on any packaging - possibly some varieties of plain chocolate chips might contain a tiny amount of dairy. But the ones we get here don't.

Anonymous said...

Be careful. All the chocolate chips in my grocery store contain dairy, with the exception of the ones labelled as "chocolate-flavoured". Are you sure you can recognize ingredients that are related to dairy? I'm concerned someone would read this recipe and think they could buy regular chocolate chips, and then might have a reaction to the dairy in them.

Anonymous said...

There is an excellent chocolate chunk I use. If it isn't available near you the will ship direct.

Also Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips don't have milk in them for right now. I have noticed with any products I buy I need to check every time I buy because manufactures constantly change there recipes.

Anonymous said...

This exact recipe is also at

some useful comments on that page also for making it.