Why? It's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and tastes out of this world. I make it only very occasionally these days, or I'd be a lot wider than I am now, but when the kids want a special treat, this is the one to make. I'll post a photo when I make the next batch (probably tomorrow!).
Vegan Chocolate Fudge
- 1/2 cup plain rice milk or soy milk (check it is gluten-free if this is a requirement for you)
- 1¼ cup organic white sugar or other sweetener
- 4 tablespoons margarine (check it is dairy-free if this is a requirement for you)
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1. Put the milk and sugar in a sauce pan over a medium high heat, stirring constantly to prevent milk from curdling. Bring to a boil for 5-9 minutes.
2. Remove from heat after the 7 minutes. Add the margarine, chocolate chips, and vanilla essence.
3. Continue to stir until the margarine and chocolate melt together and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
4. Pour into an greased and lined swiss roll pan. Refridgerate for a few hours until the mixture is solid, cut into squares, and serve.
OPTIONS: Different alternatives for this recipe include using orange-flavoured dark chocolate instead, with a little orange liqueur for an adult version (yum!), or adding nuts and dried fruit for a more festive option.
I don't know where I picked this recipe up originally, but I've had it a few years now, and it's a favourite. Having a child on a gluten-free, dairy-free vegetarian diet can be tricky - he needs all the treats he can get, and this fits the bill nicely. It's also something everyone can enjoy.
Even if you don't have anyone in the family with special dietary needs, this is a good recipe to file away - just in case!
Cooking for the wider community
It's also very considerate to use recipes like this for school fetes, cake sales and suchlike, giving kids with special needs more than one option (usually their mother's!) to choose from!
Be sure to label the dish appropriately, so those with special dietary needs can appreciate your thoughtfulness and consideration.