No-Fail Dairy Free Black Walnut Fudge

From the Black Squirrel Farms Cookbook

The relative sweetness of this fudge is controlled by the choice of chocolate chips. Made with bittersweet chips or darker (60+% cacao), this fudge will appeal to those who gravitate towards less sweet desserts. Those who prefer a sweeter flavor should use chocolate chips with proportionately less cacao / more sugar and add an extra tablespoon of honey.


  • (1) ~14 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 9 oz. chocolate chips (Note: for this recipe to stay dairy-free, choose dairy-free chocolate chips. Also, the higher the fraction of cocoa solids in the chocolate chips, the more intense the bitter flavor in the fudge – we use bittersweet chips for this recipe which makes a more-bitter-than-average fudge)
  • 1/4 c honey
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 c. black walnuts


  • Layer a small 8″x8″ of 9″x9″ baking pan with parchment or wax paper (use a bread pan if you like thick pieces of fudge)
  • Add the coconut milk, honey and salt to a saucepan and mix / simmer / stir over med-low heat until the bubbling mixture has reduced to the consistency of thick gravy (the mixture should reduce to ~ 1/2 of the original volume and the reduced liquid should thickly coat a wooden spoon. The most common way to fail this “no-fail” fudge is to not cook this mixture down enough. Cook it down more than seems intuitive. If it isn’t cooked down enough, the fudge won’t set).
Coconut milk, salt and honey mixture reduced to a gravy-like viscosity.
  • Turn off the heat and add the chocolate chips to the saucepan.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips until the mixture is uniform and the chocolate chips are completely melted.
  • Add the black walnuts and stir in until evenly distributed.
  • Dump the mixture into the previously prepared baking pan, scraping the saucepan as clean as possible, and refrigerate for at least three hours.
  • Cut into pieces and serve.

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