Easy Mint Chocolate Fudge (Dairy and Gluten free)

Mint Chocolate Fudge (dairy and gluten free)

By April Swiger, Contributing Writer

Velvety smooth fudge, rich in chocolate, mingled with refreshing peppermint is a must-try this season. This mint chocolate fudge is the perfect way to satisfy a craving, or finish off a hearty meal this holiday season. Even better it’s surprisingly quick to make, and can be boxed up easily to give as a lovely gift.

I am a huge fan of fudge. It’s always my go-to treat during summer vacations at the beach, and my top pick off the Christmas dessert table. The first time I made fudge at home I used Kimi’s recipe for the easiest, healthiest, most scrumptious fudge ever (also see this version using maple syrup). It definitely lived up to its name, and I have made it many times since then to satisfy those pesky little chocolate cravings. I love that her recipe, and the one I created as well, is free from refined sugar, dairy, gluten, and all other kinds of yucky ingredients the more typical fudge recipes have. This version starts with chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder for a more stable fudge for gift giving.

My 3 year old son is a major chocolate lover. He saw me pull out my bag of chips and immediately wanted to help with whatever I was doing. I purposefully made this recipe as simple as possible because, well, life can be a bit crazy with a toddler in tow…especially during the holiday season! He had so much fun helping me dump all the ingredients into a big bowl (not as much as he enjoyed trying to finished product though). I received a hearty “yum yum yummy in my tum tum tummy!” after his first bite 🙂

Mint Chocolate Fudge (dairy and gluten free)

There are some fantastic chocolate chips on the market that are completely allergy free, and would be a great option for this recipe. I have used the Enjoy Life Brand of chocolate chips, which are very allergy friendly, a number of times and find the flavor and texture top notch!

You can use either the (Affiliate links)  Semi-Sweet chocolate chips, or the dark chocolate chips in this recipe. Truly though, any chocolate of your choice should work, and the amount of honey you add to sweeten the recipe can be adjusted to your liking as well. I used Frontier’s Natural Mint Extract for flavoring my fudge, and it was delicious!

Homemade gifts are some of my favorite to give. Even the most frugal and simple recipe can be made extra special with its presentation. This fudge wrapped in parchment paper, tied up in colorful bakers twine, and a special box makes for a very thoughtful gift.

Other healthy, and homemade, gifts you may enjoy:

Mint Chocolate Fudge (dairy and gluten free)
Recipe type: Dessert
This velvety mint chocolate fudge is simple to make, includes nourishing ingredients, and is a lovely gift to give this season!
  • 2½ cups chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 teapoons peppermint extract
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • pinch of salt
  1. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl, and create a double boiler by placing it over a pot of lightly simmering water.
  2. Allow the chocolate to melt slowly. Stir continuously until all of the ingredients are smooth and incorporated.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture into a parchment paper lined dish. If desired, top with crushed candy cane pieces. Refrigerate until hardened, and cut into small square pieces to serve.


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April is a follower of King Jesus, wife, mother, writer, and adoption advocate. She lives in New England where her husband serves as a worship-pastor. Her introverted nature loves to read, sip coffee, and cook nourishing food for those she loves. You can find her writing at April Swiger.


    • says

      Hi Alyson – So glad you enjoyed it! I’ve had a batch in the fridge for about a week and it still tastes really fresh. It probably won’t last more than another day or so before it’s all eaten. I imagine it should stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!

    • says

      Hi Amber – I used a small glass pyrex dish (3 cup size). You can really use any container – the smaller the dish, the thicker the pieces of fudge 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  1. Bobbi says

    Would you say you had about 2 cups of melted chocolate? More? I make my own choc chips, so they’re not consistent in size/shape, but I would love to make your fudge!

    • says

      Hi Bobbi – Hm, good question. I would guess it’s around 2 cups or a little more after it melts. I don’t know exactly as i’ve never measured it melted. It’s a pretty forgiving recipe, so give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

    • says

      For what it’s worth, I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips and 2-1/2 cups chips works out to about 2 bags or 20 oz/566 g. May help others make the conversion if they use homemade chocolate, bars, etc.

    • says

      Hi Jennifer – I used a 3 cup rectangular pyrex dish. You can use a larger dish for less thick pieces. I haven’t experimented with eliminating the mint or adding vanilla, but it sounds yummy! Let me know if you try and how it turns out 🙂

  2. says

    Just wanted to mention, it’s possible to do without the ‘double boiler’. I just dump all the ingredients into a heavy bottomed saucepan and stir constantly over low heat until it’s melted. Works just as well! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Kimberly Knapp says

    Hi I hope this is not a silly question, but can you tell me if you use the unsweetened or sweetened full fat coconut milk ? I am assuming the unsweetened but I didn’t want to waste the chocolate if I was wrong. Thanks.

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