Gluten-free fudge is easy to make without any special ingredients.
Fudge seems rich and decadent, the kind of special-occasion sweet you might have during the holidays, or on a summer trip to the shore. I couldn’t believe how simple this recipe was and how many raves it elicited. Plus, fudge is the easiest gluten-free dessert ever. It has no flour, and no special gluten-free ingredients, so just about anyone can make it for their gluten-free guests. Another fudge fact: The recipe is egg-free, making it a good treat for friends who are allergic to eggs.
My kids had fun making this fudge, as the recipe doesn’t require any stovetop cooking (just the microwave). There was quite a lot of squabbling about whose turn it was to stir the chocolate, but we’re used to refereeing those arguments on a daily basis. My kids love mint, so we made mint chip fudge. But if you’re not a fan of mint, use 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract instead of the peppermint extract, and use white chocolate chips or chopped nuts instead of the mint chips.
No matter how you make it (or who stirs it the longest), the dense chocolate flavor will have you clamoring for more. Cut the pieces small, so you won’t feel guilty for having more than one. You know you will.
Gluten-Free Mint Fudge
By Gluten-Free Nosh
- 3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup mint chips (I used Andes creme de menthe baking chips, found at Target)
- Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper or waxed paper, and set aside.
- Place chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl (no plastic!), and heat for 2 minutes on half power. Stir the chocolate well. If there are still lumps of chocolate, heat for an additional 30 seconds or 1 minute on half power and stir until smooth.
- Mix in sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract, until combined. Add mint chips and stir until chips are evenly incorporated.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. Pat it smooth using a square of waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove fudge from pan, and cut into 1-inch squares.
Yield: 64 small pieces
Happy 4th of July!
My oldest daughter created this 4th of July dessert with Grandma while I was napping on the couch. Yogurt, topped with red, white and blue fruit and trimmed with gluten-free brownie crumbs. A future chef!
Gluten-free pomegranate bark, perfect to bring to a holiday party.
When you’re on a gluten-free diet, the holidays can seem like a minefield of tempting foods with unknown ingredients. A few easy strategies, as well as a few great gluten-free recipes, can make holiday get-togethers much easier.
When going to a holiday party or other event:
— Understand that you will need to find your holiday cheer in the good company and conversation, not necessarily in the food.
— Eat before you leave home, so you’re not overly hungry at the party. This will reduce the temptation to eat something that is not safe.
— Bring your own dish or dessert to share (like the gluten-free lemon bars below), so you are assured there will be something you can eat.
— Bring a gluten-free granola bar or nut bar (Larabars and Kind bars are tasty and filling), so you can sneak away and have a quick snack if there’s nothing safe for you to eat.
— Be an early bird. Food left on a buffet table easily can become contaminated when guests use the wrong serving spoon, dip their pita in otherwise gluten-free hummus, or break bread over the salad. If you are at the party early, you can go into the kitchen and reserve untouched portions for yourself. You’ll also be able to read package labels.
— Let your host know in advance that you cannot eat anything made with wheat, rye, barley and oats. Tell the host that she doesn’t need to make special foods, you would just like to determine which foods will be safe for you to eat. If you can find out the menu, focus on two or three dishes that seem likely to be gluten-free and ask about the ingredients in those specific dishes. If the party will have a buffet, ask the host to put aside uncontaminated portions for you in advance.
— When in doubt, leave it out. Don’t eat food unless you are certain it is gluten-free.
For easy desserts to bring to holiday get-togethers, check out these Gluten Free Nosh recipes: