This recipe for Sugar-free Fantasy Fudge is kind of a dream come true! I took a traditionally sugar-laden Holiday Treat and made it into a Keto Fudge that you can indulge in without all the carbs! Bonus--it's easily done dairy-free too and there's also a vegan fudge option for those who need it! Healthier fudge for everyone!!
Fudge is one of those special indulgences--it's super rich and people are willing to pay a lot for the little gems of rich chocolateyness or rich peanutbutteryness, or rich whateverness the fudge is made of.
Problem is, fudge is LOADED with sugar. Lots of it.
So for those of us who are watching carbs, it's a big no no. As in NO.
So what is a fudge-loving, carb-watching chocolate freak supposed to do?
You make a Sugar-free, Low-carb Fudge--that's what!
What Is Fantasy Fudge?
There used to be a "famous" recipe on the back of Kraft Marshmallow Creme jars (remember that stuff???!! I actually used to eat Fluffernutter sandwiches sometimes--confession time) for what was also called "Marshmallow Creme Fudge".
Maybe it was called Fantasy Fudge due to it being easy to make, or maybe because it tastes amazing. I don't know.
I do know that the fudge gets its crackly top from the presence of marshmallows or marshmallow creme inside, and that it's delicious.
So you need marshmallows or marshmallow cream to make this Keto Fantasy Fudge recipe work. Sounds uber healthy, doesn't it?
Well, hint: It isn't. But I love trying to make healthier versions of foods--so I decided to go for it.
The Making of This Keto Fudge aka How to Make Fantasy Fudge Healthier
I hadn't heard about Fantasy Fudge in a long time, but when a friend reminded me about it a bit ago, I figured I wanted to take a run at it to see if I could recreate this in a low-carb or at least somewhat-healthier version.
And I did.
Now, I could have gone out and bought Keto Marshmallow Cream or Low-Carb Marshmallows, but no--I had to do it all from scratch. You don't have to do that, but I must say, it was really fun to see it all come together.
And it turned out pretty great!
How to Make This Fudge
Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan greasing or lining with parchment paper or wax paper.
1, and 2. Add the sweetener, butter (or alternative), and evaporated milk to a large saucepan.
3. Heat over medium heat to a boil.
Reduce heat to maintain the boil without overheating, and stir constantly for 4-5 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat the mixture to 234 degrees Fahrenheit, but 4-5 minutes should be sufficient if you don't have a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat.
4. Quickly add the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla extract to the saucepan and
5. stir until smooth.
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Let the fudge set for at least 3-4 hours at room temperature, or place in fridge for faster cooling and a firmer result.
Slice the fudge.
Store the fudge in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
How To Cut Fudge Cleanly
Cutting Tip: If you have trouble getting a clean cut, warm your knife between cuttings with warm water. Dry the knife after warming it, and make sure to wash the knife clean between cuttings.
Boil It!: You really need to boil as indicated. It keeps the fudge from being grainy.
Cool It!: Let the fudge cool completely before eating. It sets up well, but it can take awhile. You can pop it in the freezer if you're having a true "I need fudge now" attack.
Sweeteners: Of course you can make this Sugar-free Fudge using whatever sweeteners you like--but choosing wholesome is better for you, of course. We all know that refined white sugar isn't the best for you!
Marshmallow Options: You can use either a vegan marshmallow fluff, vegan marshmallows, keto marshmallows, or keto marshmallow fluff. All should work in this recipe. I used my Homemade Sugar-free Marshmallows and it worked out great!
Special Diet Options
We had so much fun making this recipe--and really almost everyone can enjoy it. Here are the options for making this healthier fudge recipe work for almost any kind of special diet.
THM: For those following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this Fudge, as written, is a THM:S recipe.
AIP: You could use coconut sugar, as well as carob, and make this fudge AIP friendly. I haven't tried it but it should work just fine.
Keto / Low carb: This recipe, as written, is keto and low-carb friendly. Here is an option for buying keto marshmallows.
Paleo: Use honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar for the sweeteners. I think coconut sugar would work the best here. Again, I haven't tried these, but I think they would work just fine.
Vegan: Substitute coconut oil for the butter. Use agar for the Sugar-free Marshmallows. Alternatively, buy vegan marshmallows. Make sure to use vegan / dairy-free chocolate chips.
What You Will Need
Healthier Fantasy Fudge
- 2 1/4 cups low carb sweetener
- 3/4 cup butter (see Recipe Notes for alternative)
- 2/3 cup vegan evaporated milk
- 12 ounces sugar-free chocolate chips (see Recipe Notes for homemade alternative)
- 7 ounces marshmallows (these Homemade Marshmallows work great -- see Recipe Notes for options)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan greasing or lining with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Add the sweetener, butter, and evaporated milk to a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat to a boil.
- Reduce heat to maintain the boil without overheating, and stir constantly for 4-5 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat the mixture to 234 degrees Fahrenheit, but 4-5 minutes should be sufficient if you don't have a candy thermometer.
- Remove from heat.
- Quickly add the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla extract to the saucepan and stir until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Let the fudge set for at least 3-4 hours at room temperature, or place in fridge for faster cooling and a firmer result.
- If you chose not to use paper or foil, when firm, simply cut the fudge into small pieces in the pan.
- If you did choose to use a baking pan liner, when firm, lift the entire block of fudge using the edges of the paper or foil, placing the block on a cutting board. Cut into serving-size pieces.
- Store the fudge in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
I would LOVE to hear what you think about this Keto Fudge!
Did you know what Fantasy Fudge was before reading this post?